There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submission guidelines

storySouth accepts unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews during two submission periods annually: June 15-July 15 and December 15-January 15.

Submissions may only be made through the storySouth online submission manager. Work sent by email or postal mail will be disregarded. We prefer files in Rich Text (.rtf) format but will accept Word (.doc) files as well.

Authors should limit submissions to 3-5 poems, one story, one essay, or one review. There are no word limits on submissions. Long pieces are encouraged. Please make only one submission in a single genre per reading period. Response time is approximately 2-6 months.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please inform us if submitted work is accepted elsewhere. We do not consider submissions of previously published work in any form (including prior internet publication).


storySouth acquires only first serial publication rights of accepted work. Copyright is asserted on behalf of the author, and all reprint rights revert to the author upon publication.

Publishing with storySouth

storySouth is interested in all types of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by writers from the new south. The exact definition of “new south” varies from person to person—if you can make a case for why you consider yourself part of the new south, then submit your work. storySouth seeks works representing the entire range of southern experience—including all races, genders, and views on life. However, excellence in writing is the only criterion used in choosing works to publish in storySouth.

Works submitted to storySouth don’t have to be set within the south. A writer who was raised in the south but now lives elsewhere has as valid a view of the south as someone who just moved to Alabama. Please note, though, that storySouth has no interest in writings that merely muck around in old stereotypes and cliches of the south. Bring something new to your writings about the south and we will be interested.

Over the last twelve years, storySouth has become well known for its unique look at southern writing. Stories, essays, and poetry published in storySouth have been honored by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Arts and Letters Daily and MobyLives; in addition, two other stories were selected for the first anthology of best web-published fiction of the year. storySouth has also been reviewed by the Bodega Survey on Web del Sol and is listed as a “Contributing Small Press” for the Pushcart Prize. Finally, storySouth’s annual Million Writers Award has been named a Hot Site by USA Today and was the subject of a feature interview with storySouth founding editor Jason Sanford in the 2005 Novel and Short Stories Writers Market.