We’re Open for Submissions!

(Please note that our reading period has been updated!)

Shenandoah  is now open for submissions under new editor Beth Staples, and will remain open until October 31, 2018 for the fall 2018 issue. We will be open again from January 1, 2019 through March 15, 2019 for the spring 2019 issue. Shenandoah is excited to consider short stories, essays, excerpts of novels in progress, poems, comics, and translations of all the above. Details about all of the genres are available below and on Submittable, which is where you should go, you guessed it, to submit. Please note that we no longer accept submissions by mail, with apologies to the U.S. Postal Service. 

What We’re Looking For

The editor loves writing that stretches her imagination and way of thinking, surprises, makes her laugh, moves her, is formally interesting or challenging, defies genre, explores the confusing or uncomfortable, introduces her to new writers, thinks globally, has a distinctive voice, cares about the world, and does not assume white people are literature’s default characters.  

Shenandoah under this new editorship aims to showcase a wide variety of voices and perspectives in terms of gender identity, race, ethnicity, class, age, ability, nationality, regionality, sexuality, and educational background (MFAs are not necessary here). 

SHORT STORIES and CREATIVE NONFICTION (essays, memoir, etc.) should generally be under 8,000 words, but send Beth a query at if you have something longer. 

NOVEL EXCERPTS will be considered with great enthusiasm. Beth plans to publish an excerpt from a novel-in-progress during each issue of Shenandoah, with a note from the author about their process and what it’s like to be in the middle of a big project. She knows writers at this stage need support, and would like Shenandoah to be a place where they can get some. 

POETRY submissions should contain up to five poems. If individual poems need to be withdrawn, please send us an email a 

COMICS can be in black in white or color and should be submitted as PDFs. 

TRANSLATIONS are strongly encouraged. In your cover letter, please include the language you’re translating from and whether you’ve been in contact with the original author. 

Some Logistics

We’ll only consider one submission per author at a time (no multiple submissions in different genres, please), and will delete multiple submissions without reading them. Please decide what you’d like us to read most, submit that, and wait for a response before submitting additional work. Submitted work should be previously unpublished in English. Work simultaneously submitted elsewhere will be considered, but we ask that you withdraw the work immediately if it is accepted (and congratulations, by the way).  

We pay our contributors as much as we can depending on available funds. We believe your work has incredible value. 

Beth is not yet sure of her average response time, but she promises she’s working hard to get back to you. Queries to will be answered politely after twelve weeks.

Past Contributors to Shenandoah 

Include Natasha Trethewey, Robert Wrigley, Margaret Gibson, Eamon Grennan, Stephen Dunn, Alyson Hagy, Fred Chappell, Ha Jin, Mebdh McGuckian, Rick Bass, Ezra Pound, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Steve Scafidi, Jr., Lisa Sandlin, Brendan Galvin, Rosanna Warren, Rodney Jones, Linda Pastan, Michael Longley, Alice Friman, Gibbons Ruark, Wallace Stevens, Reynolds Price, Flannery O’Connor, e. e. cummings, Seamus Heaney, Rita Dove, Ted Kooser, Barry Lopez, Mary Oliver and Kathryn Stripling Byer. We are also desperately seeking new writers whose names and work will someday be as recognizable as those above.

Former Staff

Student workers include Mark Richard, Christian Wiman, Matthew Neill Null, and Rebecca Makkai. Former editors include Tom Wolfe, Tom Carter, James Boatwright, Dabney Stuart, and R.T. Smith.

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