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Sycamore Review

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Sycamore Review is Purdue University’s internationally acclaimed literary journal, affiliated with Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English. SR strives to publish the best writing by new and established writers and also to provide an online forum for lively literary discussion.

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  • Response time:
    6 months*
    Editor reported data
    134 days*
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  • 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

    From the editors


  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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

Fiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 6000

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 50 per piece

Nonfiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 6000

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 50 per piece

NONFICTION should be literary memoir or creative personal essay. Sycamore Review does not publish scholarly articles or journalistic pieces, though we do publish experiential journalism with a memoir bent. We are interested in originality, brevity, significance, strong dialogue, and vivid detail.


Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 25


Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $25-125

Please submit no more than one story, essay, novel excerpt, or up to five poems. Additionally, if the submission is a prose piece, please designate the genre between fiction, non-fiction, or prose poetry/hybrid genre in the cover letter. Translators will be asked to provide a version of any accepted pieces in the source language. Both the translator and the original author will be paid at the standard rate when applicable.


Min pieces: 10

Max pieces: 15

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $

You may attach 10-15 images or simply a link to an online portfolio.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Please submit a .docx, .doc, or .rtf file and include a cover letter in the comments section. We’d like to know a little bit about you and your work.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    POETRY manuscripts should be typed single-spaced, one poem to a page FICTION & NONFICTION should be typed double-spaced, with numbered pages and the author’s name and title of the work easily visible on each page.

  • Author's rights

    Purdue University acquires first-time North American rights, including electronic rights, for work published in Sycamore Review. After publication, all rights revert to the author.

  • Additional info

    Make you feel at home: cozy, meme-friendly, a sense of community, all that stuff Pays! Sycamore Review pays each contributor two copies, and $50 per short story or non-fiction piece, or $25 per poem. No free examples on the website, you have to buy an issue or be a subscriber

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Total submissions tracked

134 days

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Average acceptance rate

28 days

Fastest response time

196 days

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SR publishes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, as well as interviews, book reviews and art. SR strives to publish the best writing by new and established writers and also to provide an online forum for lively literary discussion. Sycamore Review published its first issue in 1989 and has been runnin...

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