The Lindenwood Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Lindenwood Review is the literary journal of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, produced by the university’s MFA in Writing program. We accept submissions of fiction, poetry, and personal essays from July 1 through November 1 via Submittable (no fee). We also offer a free contest in a specific genre each year. For issue 7, we are offering a Lyric Essay Contest. Submissions are welcome from both new and established writers. We look for fiction with believable characters and a vivid story; poetry with original, interesting use of language; well-crafted, honest essays; and mostly, work that moves us as readers and inspires us as writers.

Restrictions:
  • Current students and faculty of Lindenwood University are not eligible to submit their work. (Alumni may submit.)
  • The Board of Lindenwood University restricts some language and explicit content from university publications. When necessary, the editor will work with contributors on minor revisions to meet university requirements. 
  • Do not submit work that has been previously published elsewhere, whether online or in print.
  • Submissions will not be considered for publication if they are sent via email or mail, if they are received before or after the submission period, or if they do not follow the posted guidelines. 
Guidelines for Fiction, Poetry, and Personal Essays:
  • Work may be submitted via Submittable from July 1 through November 1 (no fee).
  • Writers may submit in multiple genres. 
  • A maximum of one short story, one personal essay, and five poems may be submitted each year. 
  • Maximum submission length for each genre is 20 pages.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask to be notified immediately via Submittable if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • Double-space fiction and essay; single-space poetry. Use a standard font size and style.
  • Include your name and email address at the top of each submission document. List your name exactly as you would like it to appear in the book if accepted for publication.
  • Include a brief third-person bio with each submission. List your name exactly as you would like it to appear in the book if accepted for publication.
  • Work that is not accepted for publication will be noted as Declined on Submittable. No rejection emails will be sent, so please check Submittable for submission status. Acceptance notifications will be sent via email. All decisions will be made by February 1.
  • Writers accepted for publication receive two contributor copies of The Lindenwood Review.
Guidelines for the Issue 7 Lyric Essay Contest:
  • No entry fee.
  • Winner receives $50, publication in issue 7 of The Lindenwood Review, and three contributor copies.
  • Honorable mentions receive publication in issue 7 of The Lindenwood Review and three contributor copies.
  • Lyric essays may be submitted via Submittable from July 1 through November 1. No more than three lyric essays may be submitted per writer. 
  • Writers who submit work to the contest may also submit additional work for issue 7 consideration (fiction, poetry, or personal essay). 
  • Lyric essay submissions may include fragmented essays, braided essays, essays with poetic language usage, and other creative structures and styles for nonfiction work. Descriptions and examples of lyric essays can be found on our contest blog post.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask to be notified immediately via Submittable if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • Double-space and use a standard font size and style.
  • Maximum submission length for each essay is 20 pages.
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