We accept manuscripts between  September 1st—November 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 drama, 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.

Each issue of SIR features cover art and a color portfolio of either  eight or twelve pages. All media and genres are considered. Please  submit a portfolio of fifteen to twenty images, including an image list  with thumbnails. Uploaded files should be web-friendly. High-resolution  images (300 dpi) will be needed 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.
In the interest of space, we are more likely to consider 10-minute plays and long one-acts, rather than full-length scripts. Submit in Standard Stage Play Format. If chosen for publication, print format will be solicited. For more information about drama submissions, see our website.

Each issue of SIR features cover art and a color portfolio of either  eight or twelve pages. All media and genres are considered. Please  submit a portfolio of fifteen to twenty images, including an image list  with thumbnails. Uploaded files should be web-friendly. High-resolution  images (300 dpi) will be needed 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.

In the interest of space, we are more likely to consider 10-minute plays and long one-acts, rather than full-length scripts. Submit in Standard Stage Play Format. If chosen for publication, print format will be solicited. For more information about drama submissions, see our website.

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