SWAMP APE REVIEW - SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We encourage pieces that echo the hybrid nature of the Swamp Ape, works that subvert our expectations of both content and form and unsettle our assumptions of what is possible.

In 2019, we will publish a print as well as an online issue, both of which will include a special section featuring South Florida writers and artists.

All work will be considered for both the print and online issues. If your work is meant to function in both formats (i.e. collaboratively in print and online), please indicate this in your application. (We would love to see submissions of this nature.)

See individual genres for descriptions, size recommendations, and formatting requirements.
Across genres:

  • You may submit to multiple categories, but not using the same piece (e.g. a fiction submission must differ from a Swamp submission by the same author).
  • Do not submit work that has already been published elsewhere.
  • Wait to hear back from us before submitting new work.
  • Only follow up if you haven't heard back from us within the standard 6-month window. We read your pieces thoughtfully and will be in touch when we do.
  • Let us know promptly if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere. Please do so by withdrawing your submission from the Submittable queue and adding a note to it, specifying that you've withdrawn. For poetry, specify if certain poems are still available.
  • FAU graduates must wait at least 3 years after their graduation term before submitting work for consideration.

For questions regarding submissions, please contact editor@swampapereview.com.

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Ends on August 31, 2019

While we welcome submissions of any length, we tend to accept fiction pieces under 6,000 words.

All pages should include the writer's last name and page number.

Ends on August 31, 2019

While we welcome submissions of any length, we tend to accept nonfiction pieces under 6,000 words.

All pages should include the writer's last name and page number.

Ends on August 31, 2019

Please submit up to 5 poems in a single file.

All pages should include the writer's last name and page number.

Swamp Ape Review, published through the MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University, seeks poems by those who identify as writers of color (which may include a wide range of races, nationalities, and cultural origins) for its 2019 poetry contest. 

All writers considered must be currently enrolled students working toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university or college.

First prize: $500 and publication in Swamp Ape Review.

Two runners-up will receive $250 each.

All poems will be considered for publication in Swamp Ape Review.

Our judge is poet Adrian Matejka, author of four books of poetry, most recently Map to the Stars (2017) and The Big Smoke, which was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. www.adrianmatejka.com

Submissions open available April 1 – June 1. 

More information can be found at swampapereview.com.

Ends on August 31, 2019

The Swamp is our fifth category for works that defy genre. Like the mythological Swamp Ape, enchant us with your weirdest (yet successful), norm-defying work. 

Where appropriate, please upload the highest quality file available (high resolution / 300 DPI minimum).

Swamp Ape Review hopes to showcase South Florida writers and artists in all forms (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art, dance, drawing, short film, sculpture, playwriting, etc.) in our print and online issues.

To qualify for this feature, you must live in or have a strong connection to one of the following South Florida counties: Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Broward, Monroe, or Dade. Please specify your connection to South Florida in your cover note, as well as the genre of your submission.

Where appropriate, please upload the highest quality file available (high resolution / 300 DPI minimum).

Ends on August 31, 2019

Visual art submissions include video, illustration, drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, multimedia or other formats. Generally speaking, submit at your discretion; we're looking for pieces that fit our aesthetic. 

Please upload the highest quality file available (high resolution / 300 DPI minimum).

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