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For three quarters of a century, VQR’s primary mission has been to sustain and strengthen Jefferson’s bulwark, long describing itself as “A National Journal of Literature and Discussion.”

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  • Vibe:Very fancy very impressive very not fast
  • Response time:
    6 months*
    Editor reported data
    394 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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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

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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

Fiction - 8000 words max

Max words: 2500

Max words: 8000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: from $1000

We are generally not interested in genre fiction (such as romance, science fiction, or fantasy).

Nonfiction - 7000 words max

Max words: 3000

Max words: 7000

Max pieces: 1

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: from $1000

Essays, memoir, and other types of literary journalism, as well as investigative reporting


Max pieces: 4

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 200 per piece

All types and length. 4 poems of less than fifteen pages total.

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

    All files must be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Plain Text (.txt) formats. Please prepare your submission in letter-sized format, with ample margins, double-spaced, using a standard typeface (e.g., Times, Helvetica, Arial) and font size (12 point is best). Please use minimal document and font styling in your submission.

  • Author's rights

    Our standard publishing agreement asks for the following rights in exchange: first North American print and digital rights; nonexclusive online rights; and other limited rights. Copyright is retained by the author at all times. Authors are free to resell the work, though we do ask for a 90-day exclusive from our first publication of the work.

  • Additional info

    For poetry, we pay $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, we usually pay $1,000. For short fiction, we generally pay $1,000 and above. For other prose, such as personal essays and literary criticism, we generally pay $1,000 and above, at approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

394 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

179 days

Fastest response time

711 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 2196 days

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12-month average acceptance rate

395 days

12-month average response time

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From its inception in prohibition, through depression and war, in prosperity and peace, the Virginia Quarterly Review has been a haven—and home—for the best essayists, fiction writers, and poets, seeking contributors from every section of the United States and abroad. It has not limited itself to an...

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