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North American Review

Literary Magazine






As the oldest literary magazine in the nation, our selected works reflect the breadth of the American experience, and encompass any voices that are committed to telling rich narratives that challenge the status quo.

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  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    Five months*
    Editor reported data
    79 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:
    10% *
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Find more details in the Genres section


Find more details in the Genres section

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 10000 words max

Max words: 10000

Max pieces: 2

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $

Submit one short story up to 10,000 words, or two short-short stories.

Nonfiction - 10000 words max

Max words: 10000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $

We publish all forms of creative nonfiction, from personal narrative to lyric essay to immersive journalism; we appreciate when an essay moves beyond the personal to tell us something new about the world.


Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $

Poems that are passionate about subject, language, and image are welcome, whether they are traditional or experimental, whether in formal or free verse (closed or open form).


Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 100

We allow only one attachment, so to submit several pieces for review in one submission, please put all images into a single PDF file.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Author's rights

    We ask for first North American serial rights only. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. Acceptance may be in our print or online issues.

  • Additional info

    We are interested in high-quality poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on any subject; however, we are especially interested in work that addresses contemporary North American concerns and issues, particularly with the environment, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class. 

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

79 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

15 days

Fastest response time

224 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 256 days, 343 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

63 days

12-month average response time

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    Deadline: Dec 1, 2024


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Founded in Boston in 1815, the North American Review is the oldest and one of the most culturally significant literary magazines in the United States. Contributors include important nineteenth-century American writers and thinkers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglas...

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    Editor Gary Kelley avatar

    Gary Kelley


    Editor  Rachel Morgan avatar

    Rachel Morgan


    Editor J. D. Schraffenberger avatar

    J. D. Schraffenberger