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The Good Life Review

Literary Magazine

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Flash Fiction

Nonfiction

Flash Nonfiction

Poetry

Hybrid

Translation

Art

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An online literary journal committed to exploring the overlooked. We strive to provide a beautiful and equitable platform for writers and artists to showcase and share their poetry, prose, and artwork.

Highlights

  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    up to 7 months*
    Editor reported data
     / 
    50 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:
    2.8% *
    Editor reported data
     / 
    4.76%*
    Chill Subs tracker stats

Payssee Genres section for details

Find more details in the Genres section

Fee$3

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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

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    For print issues, 1 free copy.

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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

Fiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 75

We want polished, confident, well-developed stories that are engaging from the first word to the last. Experimental fiction is welcomed. Stories up to 5,000 words. For pieces under 1,000 words, we encourage you to submit via our flash category.

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 100

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 75

We are excited to read flash where every word pulls its weight; every sentence tells a story. Flash should yield quick transformations and revelations, have compelling characters, and a narrative that provokes thought with a voice that lifts us up and carries us past the last line. Experimental flash is welcomed. Stories up to 1,000 words (max 3 in one sub). For pieces over 1,000 words, we encourage you to submit via our regular fiction category.

Nonfiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 75

We want essays that get our minds working and hearts thumping and prose that is artful with voices that are clear and cadent. Whether traditional or experimental, structure and form should enhance the content of a story that is both universal and painfully specific. Essays should not exceed 5,000 words. Excerpts from memoirs may be considered but should be self-contained. For pieces under 1,000 words, we encourage you to submit via our flash nonfiction category.

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 10

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 75

We are excited to read flash where every word pulls its weight; every sentence tells a story. Flash should yield quick transformations and revelations, have compelling characters, and a narrative that provokes thought with a voice that lifts us up and carries us past the last line. Essays should not exceed 1,000 words (max 3 in one sub). Excerpts from memoirs may be considered but should be self-contained. For pieces over 1,000 words, we encourage you to submit via our regular nonfiction category.

Poetry

Min pieces: 1

Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 75

We are interested in work that pushes boundaries, both in content and form. Poems should emanate from textured, evocative images, use language with an awareness of how words sound and mean, and have a definite sense of voice. Each line should help carry the poem from first line to last. We are open to experimentation, traditional form, and free verse. Whatever shape it takes, we want exciting work that thinks through or challenges poetic traditions. No more than 5 poems per submission and no more than 10 pages in total.

Hybrid

Max words: 5000

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $25-75

If you have writing that doesn’t fit neatly into a single genre category, or was written by more than one person, you might find a good home for your work with us!

Translation

Max words: 5000

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 75

We support Spanish translations.

Art

Max pieces: 5

Payment: $ 50

Photography

Max pieces: 5

Payment: $ 50

How to submit

  • Processs

    Submittable

  • Cover letter

    We'd like to know a little bit about you and/or your work but do not need a formal letter. Letters are cool too, though. Really, it can be whatever you want.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    All pieces should be typed and paginated with one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman. Prose should be double spaced. For poetry: The formatting should be as desired to achieve the intended aesthetic with the understanding that longer lines and unique formatting could result in altered presentation based on the display media/window size being used. For example, long lines could wrap to a new line. We do our best with what you give us. We prefer to read blind so please remove your name from the submitted document.

  • Author's rights

    The Good Life Review acquires First North American Serial Rights and the right to maintain an archive copy of work online. All other rights revert to author upon publication with a request that if the work is reprinted, appropriate acknowledgment to The Good Life Review is made.

  • Additional info

    Each submissions should include work from only one genre/category (for example do not create a submission with both fiction and poetry unless it is to be considered as a hybrid piece). Please only one submission per category at a time and wait to hear back before submitting again. We pay $75 per piece for writing in our seasonal issues (beginning with issue #15 ~ Spring 2024) and $25 per piece for writing appearing in our Micro Monday segment and for book reviews. Fee: $3 for submissions to be considered for seasonal issues. There are fee-free options for marginalized groups during some portion of each reading period. There is currently no fee for submitting artwork or pieces to be considered for the “Micro Monday” segment. 100% of the work we publish is unsolicited and many of the writers are early in their writing and/or publishing journey. Further, every piece that lands in our queue is handled with care and given serious consideration and each is evaluated by at least two editors (in addition to a number of readers) on our teams. We no longer accept pieces from our University Nebraska Omaha MFA friends via Submittable. If interested, please send correspondence directly to managing editor, Tacheny, at tachenyperry@thegoodlifereview.com.

Tracker statistics

78

Total submissions tracked

50 days

Average response time

4.76%

Average acceptance rate

-6 days

Fastest response time

175 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 207 days

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About

The Good Life Review is an independently operated, 501c3 nonprofit literary journal co-founded by Shyla Shehan, Ed Vogel, and a cohort of graduates and candidates of the MFA in Writing program at the University of Nebraska. In the spring of 2020, our group of writers, editors, and designers came tog...

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2020

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    Editor Shyla Shehan avatar

    Shyla Shehan

    Editor-in-Chief

    Editor Tacheny Perry avatar

    Tacheny Perry

    Managing Editor & Flash Fiction Editor

    Editor Terry Belew avatar

    Terry Belew

    Lead Poetry Editor

    Editor Ashley Espinoza avatar

    Ashley Espinoza

    Flash CNF Editor

    Editor Debra Rose Brillati avatar

    Debra Rose Brillati

    Short CNF Editor

    Editor Annie Barker avatar

    Annie Barker

    Copy Editor & Short CNF Editor

    Editor Christine Nessler avatar

    Christine Nessler

    Interview Editor

    Editor M.A. Boswell avatar

    M.A. Boswell

    Flash CNF Editor

    Editor Tana Buoy avatar

    Tana Buoy

    Flash Fiction Editor

    Editor Joel Clay avatar

    Joel Clay

    Flash Fiction Editor

    Editor Carina Faz avatar

    Carina Faz

    Fiction Editor

    Editor David Mainelli avatar

    David Mainelli

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Emily Marvin avatar

    Emily Marvin

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Ciara Hoff avatar

    Ciara Hoff

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Cat Dixon avatar

    Cat Dixon

    Poetry Editor

    Editor Michelle Battle avatar

    Michelle Battle

    Poetry Editor

    Editor Cid Galicia avatar

    Cid Galicia

    Poetry Editor