We accept manuscripts between October 1st—December 15th & February 1st—April 15th for our annual fall and spring issues. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you inform us immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. Submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction or up to five poems (or flash fiction). Please wait to hear from us before sending more work. Writers are encouraged to sample recent issues before submitting.

SIR pays contributing authors at two rates: $75 (five layout pages or fewer accepted for publication) and $150 (six layout pages or more accepted). Featured visual artists receive a stipend of $250. Contributors also receive two complimentary copies of "their" issue (with the option to buy additional copies at a reduced rate) and a year's subscription to the magazine. 

Please note: we use Submittable for both "regular" and contest submissions. Please check our website for more information regarding contests.

All media and genres are considered for SIR cover art. Please submit five to ten images and include a thumbnail with titles. Uploaded files should be web-friendly. High-resolution images (300 dpi) will be requested if accepted for publication.

Flash fiction, short stories, and stand-alone novel excerpts are accepted. Though there are no word count guidelines, because of limited space, stories over 10,000 words will be particularly difficult, though not impossible, to publish. Submissions should be double-spaced, and please include a word count in your cover letter or on the first page of your manuscript. For more information about fiction submissions, see our fiction editor's statement


Creative essays may be personal, critical, historical, nostalgic. They may be reviews, profiles, interviews, or discussions regarding social or intellectual history or ideas. For more information about nonfiction submissions, please see our website.



All subjects and forms are welcome. Please submit no more than five poems (in a single file). For more information about poetry submissions, please see our website.

A prize of $3,000 and publication by SIR Press is awarded annually for a collection of poetry written in English. All entries are considered for publication. Submit at least 40 and no more than 100 pages of poetry in 12-point font (no more than one poem per page) per each individual submission. The deadline is February 1, 2021.

Michael Waters will select the winner.  

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