What The Worcester Review Publishes

We publish literary fiction and poetry by new and established writers, as well as critical commentary on aspects of Central Massachusetts literary culture and history. 

We welcome and encourage contributions from under-represented writers. 

Submissions Periods:

We will open for submissions of poetry and fiction on October 1, 2021.

October 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

October 2021 and January 2022

Submission Guidelines:

POETRY: 3 to 5 poems in one document. 

FICTION: Short stories up to 5,000 words. Please include word count on first page. 

CRITICAL WORK: By solicitation only. 

Please submit only once per issue reading period. Additional submissions will be declined unread. 

Past contributors: Please wait one year after the publication of the issue that includes your work before submitting again. For example, if your work appears in the 2021 issue of TWR, please do not submit until fall 2022.

Please include a 3-sentence biography with your cover letter. 

Fees: $3 per submission in Submittable. 

  • For Fall 2021/ Winter 2022 submissions, TWR will have a waived-fee option for BIPOC writers. 
  • TWR does not want to miss out on submissions from any writer; if our submission fee is a barrier for you, please email the editor for options. 

Simultaneous submissions: Encouraged! Our response time ranges from one to six months. Please promptly withdraw any submissions that find homes elsewhere. If you have a partial withdrawal (one poem out of a batch, for example) please leave us a note in Submittable's "Message" tab.

Accepted work, rights and payment: The Worcester Review reserves First Publication Rights for all submissions chosen for publication. Accepted work will appear in the print journal and may appear on The Worcester Review's website and in the online archives. Payment will be two copies upon publication and a small honorarium. The amount of the honorarium will be determined by whatever is left over from our yearly budget after issue-related expenses are paid. Our staff is all-volunteer. In recent years, the honorarium was $20 for each writer. 

Accepted work, formatting: For our in-house style guidelines, please read this page. This formatting is *not* required for submitters. 

Accessibility: If any of Submittable's features are not accessible to you, please email the editor.


To support The Worcester Review, you can become a member of The Worcester County Poetry association or make a donation directly to our endowment. Donations can be made through the WCPA office (PO Box 804, Worcester, MA 01613) or with the Greater Worcester Community Foundation (370 Main Street, Suite 650, Worcester, MA 01608-1738).

We appreciate your support.

Questions? Email the Editor, Carolyn Oliver.