The Georgia Review accepts submissions both online and by post. We do not accept submissions via email. Submissions are free for those who mail them in and those who are current subscribers to The Georgia Review. Subscriptions and online submission fees ensure that we can maintain our pay rate for our writers.

We do not consider general unsolicited manuscripts between May 15 and August 15. Submissions received during that period will be returned unread. All manuscripts receive serious, careful attention; we respond within eight months, given our average workload.  We will be accepting submissions to our Emerging Writer Fellowship Contest until August 15.  See guidelines for description and directions.

Work previously published in any form will not be considered. Please let us know in your cover letter if your submission is simultaneously being considered elsewhere, and please let us know immediately if your work is accepted by another publication. Likewise, please notify us if any part of your submission is known to be included in a book already accepted by a publisher (including the anticipated date of book publication).

The Georgia Review does not consider book manuscripts. 

The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

$1,500 & Publication for a single poem

Submissions for The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize are accepted March 1 through May 1. Please click here for details.

The Georgia Review’s Emerging Writer Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: August 15, 2021

The Georgia Review will publish a special issue titled “SoPoCo”—for “Southern Post-Colonial”—in spring 2022, which will celebrate the voices, history, and cultures of diasporic communities that have established themselves in the American Southeast since the late twentieth century. This issue will demonstrate, on the one hand, that the vibrancy of current Southern culture cannot be fully appreciated without recognizing the critical contributions of the immigrant communities therein and, on the other, that diasporic communities of the American Southeast have essential qualities that differ significantly from their more-recognized sibling communities in coastal urban centers.

We are also pleased to announce a fellowship for emerging writers in conjunction with the publication, funded by The Georgia Review in partnership with the nonprofit artist residency AIR Serenbe, which is based outside of Atlanta. The winners—one in prose, one poetry—will receive publication, win a one-month stay at AIR Serenbe, and give a reading in Athens, Georgia, with a $1,500 honorarium and all travel and lodging provided.

We invite emerging writers who write from these diasporic communities to apply. Applicants must not have published a full-length book, or have one under contract, by the application deadline. Current faculty, staff, or students at the University of Georgia are ineligible. Applications will be judged by the Review’s editors. Every submission will be considered for publication in The Georgia Review.

Submissions require a $10 processing fee, with an exception for current subscribers, who may submit at no cost. Subscribers: Please email to receive a link to submit for free, providing the genre of the work to be submitted and your full name and address (including zip code).

The application has two components:

1. A 1-2 page cover letter (single-spaced with one-inch margins and 12-point font) that includes your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) and provides a history of your accomplishments as a writer. Also include a brief statement that 1) defines for us your sense of community within the context of diasporas in the American Southeast, and 2) outlines what you would like to do with the time and space provided by the fellowship.

2. A writing sample. For poetry, submit 6-10 pages of previously unpublished poetry. For prose, a previously unpublished sample of 5,000-7,000 words.

Writers who are not eligible for our Emerging Writer Fellowship, or who do not wish to apply, may submit work relevant to the SoPoCo theme between August 15 and October 15. To do so, submit your work through the appropriate Submittable form and title the submission “SoPoCo.”  Follow genre guidelines for length and formatting. General submission and payment rates apply.


The Georgia Review publishes literary fiction. Please submit only one story. Manuscripts must be double-spaced. Ordinarily we do not publish novel excerpts, and we discourage authors from submitting these. Although we are willing to read work of any length, we rarely publish prose works 9000 words or longer.


The Georgia Review publishes multiple pages of poetry by each poet it features. For consideration, submit 6-10 pages of poetry or one long poem. Please format and submit as a single document.


The Georgia Review publishes essays that are capable of creating conversations across a broad range of readers. Please submit only one essay. Manuscripts must be double-spaced. Although we are willing to read work of any length, we rarely publish prose works 9000 words or longer.

Book Reviews

Most of our reviews are solicited by the editors. However, we certainly welcome submissions from outside reviewers, but we request that these submissions not be simultaneous. Reviewers should cite the title, author, place of publication and publisher, year, number of pages, and price of the book or books in the review. For example:

Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography. By Stanley Plumly. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2008. 370 pp. $27.95.

We publish standard reviews (typically 1400-1600 words), which focus on only one book, and essay-reviews (typically 4000-6000 words), each of which develops a strong thesis through an engagement with multiple books in order to comment on literature and/or culture beyond the texts at hand.



Online Submissions

All new work should be sent to our Submittable account.

Online submissions require a $3 processing fee, with an exception for current subscribers to The Georgia Review, who may submit online at no cost. Subscribers: Please email to receive a link to submit for free, providing the genre of the work to be submitted and your full name and address (including zip code). 


Paper Submissions

All paper manuscripts must include your contact information, mailing address and phone number, and must be accompanied by a postage-paid and self-addressed return envelope. No submission fee is required. Submissions should be addressed to:

The Editors
The Georgia Review 
706A Main Library
320 S. Jackson St.
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-9009

Payment & Copyright

The Georgia Review pays all contributors; the current standard rates are $50 per printed page for prose, $4 per line for poetry, and a flat rate of $150 for book reviews published on GR2. In addition, all contributors receive a one-year subscription to The Georgia Review and a 50% discount on additional copies of that issue. 

The Georgia Review buys first North American serial rights only. All other rights revert to the author at publication, but we offer formal, written reassignments upon request. We ask that whenever an author reprints work that first appeared in our pages, The Georgia Review be given acknowledgment for the specific work(s) involved.