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. We are especially interested in publishing the work of writers from under-represented backgrounds and identities.    

We publish an annual print and quarterly online issues. Both our Print Issue and online content will include a special South Florida Feature, highlighting 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.)

Please note: we have a submissions cap of 500 submissions per month. We  suggest submitting early in the month, as the later you submit, the more  likely it will be that we have met our cap.  

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

Across genres:

  • We accept translations!! Please submit your translation to the appropriate category (e.g. a translated poem would be submitted under poetry)
  • 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. This includes self-published works. 
  • 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. 
  • 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Please do so by withdrawing your submission from the Submittable queue and adding a note to it, specifying that you've withdrawn.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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While we welcome submissions of any length, we tend to accept fiction pieces under 6,000 words. Please let us know if you would like your work considered for our annual print issue or our quarterly online issues. Otherwise, all work will be considered for both print and online. 

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

We do not consider previously published work. 

We are especially interested in publishing the work of writers from under-represented backgrounds and identities.   

If you are a writer with ties to the South Florida area, please consider submitting to our South Florida Feature category, as your work could be featured in both the print and online issues of Swamp Ape Review Quarterly

While we welcome submissions of any length, we tend to accept non-fiction pieces under 6,000 words. Please let us know if you would like your work considered for our annual print issue or our quarterly online issues. Otherwise, all work will be considered for both print and online. 

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

We do not consider previously published work. 

We are especially interested in publishing the work of writers from under-represented backgrounds and identities.   

If you are a writer with ties to the South Florida area, please consider submitting to our South Florida Feature category, as your work could be featured in both the print and online issues of Swamp Ape Review Quarterly

Please submit up to 5 poems in a single file and wait to hear back from us before submitting new work. 

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

Please let us know if you would like your work considered for our annual print issue or our quarterly online issues. Otherwise, all work will be considered for both print and online. 

We are especially interested in publishing the work of writers from under-represented backgrounds and identities.  

We do not consider previously published work. 

If this is a simultaneous submission, please let us know immediately if any of the poems in your submission have been accepted elsewhere. 

If you are a poet with ties to the South Florida area, please consider submitting to our South Florida Feature category, as your work could be featured in both the print and online issues of Swamp Ape Review Quarterly

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. We're looking for weird work that has intention. 

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

Please let us know if you would like your work considered for our annual print issue or our quarterly online issues. Otherwise, all work will be considered for both print and online. 

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

We do not consider previously published work. 

We are especially interested in publishing the work of writers from under-represented backgrounds and identities.   

If you are a writer or artist with ties to the South Florida area, please consider submitting to our South Florida Feature category, as your work could be featured in both the print and online issues of Swamp Ape Review Quarterly

Swamp Ape Review hopes to showcase South Florida writers and artists in all forms (fiction, non-fiction, 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.

Fiction or Non-Fiction: under 6,000 words. 

Poetry: no more than 5 poems. 

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

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

We do not consider previously published work. 

We are especially interested in publishing the work of writers and artists from under-represented backgrounds and identities.   

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). Multiple visual arts entries are welcome, but please upload all files together as one submission.

If you submit multiple visual art entries, please let us know immediately if any of the pieces have been accepted for publication elsewhere. 

We do not consider previously published work. 

We are especially interested in publishing the work of artists from under-represented backgrounds and identities.   

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