Submission guidelines

Here at the Interlochen Review, we accept a variety of works within the categories of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Scripts/Screenplays, Hybrid, Visual Art, and Visual Art Portfolio. Below are brief descriptions of each category. Any work containing the author's name anywhere within the document or the file name will be disqualified.

Our submissions portal can be found here

 

Poetry:

We accept a variety of poems in a variety of forms. Mainly what we are looking for is work that is lyrical in nature, whether this is form poetry, or free verse. Prose poetry and film poems should be submitted in the hybrid category.

Examples of accepted poetry from our current issue can be found here.

 

Fiction:

Our fiction category encompasses several genres, including realistic fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism, among others. We consider fiction to be any prose- and narrative-based work. Flash fiction should be submitted in the hybrid category. Pieces are limited to 5,000 words.

Examples of accepted fiction from our current issue can be found here.

 

Nonfiction:

Our nonfiction category mainly consists of personal essay and memoir. Pieces should and must be truthful in their entirety to be considered nonfiction. We DO NOT ACCEPT journalism pieces or academic essays as part of our nonfiction category. Lyric essays, film essays and photo essays should be submitted in the hybrid category. Pieces are limited to 5,000 words. If the author's name appears anywhere in the piece, it should be replaced with "[author name]" in order to preserve our anonymous submissions process.

Examples of accepted nonfiction from our current issue can be found here.

 

Scripts/Screenplays:

Scripts and screenplays can be a variety of lengths, including standalone scenes, short films, and one act plays. Pieces are limited to 40 pages and must be in standard script or screenplay format.

Examples of accepted scripts/screenplays from our current issue can be found here.

 

Hybrid:

The hybrid genre category includes work of varying mediums. Pieces submitted to this category should take an unconventional approach to writing, whether by combining multiple pre-existing genres or creating a new one all together. Hybrid also includes, but is not limited to, flash fiction, prose poetry, lyric essay, film essay/poem, photo essay, new media writing, performance documentation, or some other hybrid of media, materials, structures, conventions, and forms.

Examples of accepted hybrid works from our current issue can be found here.

Visual Art:

We accept a variety of work to our visual arts category, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and more. You are limited to ten submissions total.

Examples of accepted visual arts pieces from our current issue can be found here.

 

Visual Art Portfolios:

We also accept portfolios of visual art. Your submission to this category is limited to one portfolio with a maximum of twenty pieces. Pieces within a portfolio should be connected aesthetically or thematically, and must be accompanied by an artist’s statement describing the portfolio’s intentions.

Examples of accepted visual arts portfolios from our current issue can be found here.