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.

All non-contest submissions should be uploaded electronically via Submittable. Both digital and printed submissions are accepted for contests. The $3 upload charge for "regular" submissions is necessary to offset the increase in production expenses and contributor payments. However, non-contest Submittable fees are waived for SIR subscribers and for writers currently enrolled in graduate programs. 

SIR pays contributing authors at two rates: $75 (five layout pages or fewer accepted for publication) and $150 (six layout pages or more accepted). Featured visual artists receive a stipend of $250. 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.

Drama

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.

Fiction

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.

Nonfiction

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.

Poetry

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

Art & Photography

Each issue of SIR features cover art and a color portfolio of either eight or twelve pages. All media and genres are considered. Please submit a portfolio of fifteen to twenty images, including an image list with thumbnails. Uploaded files should be web-friendly. High-resolution images (300 dpi) will be needed if accepted for publication.

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