University of Southern Indiana

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts are considered September 1st—November 15th & February 1st—April 15th for our annual fall and spring issues. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you inform us immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. Submit one piece of drama, fiction or nonfiction or up to five poems (or flash fiction). Please wait to hear from us before sending more work. Writers are encouraged to sample recent issues before submitting.

Starting fall 2017, "regular" (non-contest) submissions will only be accepted electronically via Submittable. Printed submissions are only accepted for contests.

SIR pays contributors at two rates: $75 (five layout pages or fewer accepted for publication) and $150 (six layout pages or more accepted). Contributors also receive two complimentary copies of "their" issue (with the option to buy additional copies at a reduced rate) and a year's subscription to the magazine.


In the interest of space, we are more likely to consider 10-minute plays and long one-acts, rather than full-length scripts. Submit in Standard Stage Play Format. If chosen for publication, print format will be solicited. For more information about drama submissions, see our drama editor's statement.


Flash fiction, short stories, and stand-alone novel excerpts are accepted. Though there are no word count guidelines, because of limited space, stories over 10,000 words will be particularly difficult, though not impossible, to publish. Submissions should be double-spaced, and please include a word count in your cover letter or on the first page of your manuscript. For more information about fiction submissions, see our fiction editor's statement.


Creative essays may be personal, critical, historical, nostalgic. They may be reviews, profiles, interviews, or discussions regarding social or intellectual history or ideas. For more information about nonfiction submissions, see our nonfiction editor's statement.


May be on any subject or in any form. Please send no more than five poems. For more information about poetry submissions, see our poetry editor's statement.

Art & Photography

At this time, the featured artist's portfolio is by invitation only. 

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