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Submission Guidelines

Submissions Are Closed.

Prospectus welcomes submissions from unpublished or little-published poets as well short prose pieces and fine-art images.

To qualify to be published in Prospectus, you must NOT have done EITHER of the following, no matter what category you are submitting to:

  • Have had a collection of poems published that is longer than 48 pages.
  • Have had a collection of short stories, a novella, or a novel published longer than 150 pages.

What does “published” mean? By “published” we mean traditionally published, self-published, or published anywhere on the internet, including personal blogs and social media. If your work has been published in any of these forms, we do not want it.

Poetry Submissions

  • Send 1-3 poems ONLY.
  • We prefer poems 44 lines or less, but will still consider longer poems (within reason).
  • In one document, type your name, address, telephone number, and email at the top. Follow with a short (50-75 word) bio in third person. Do not include links. These will not work in a print journal. Name this document lastnamefirstnamebio.pdf (i.e., jeffersonthomasbio.pdf).
  • On a separate document, include all the poems you are submitting. Type single-spaced in Times New Roman 12. Convert to PDF before uploading. Name your file lastnamefirstnamepoems.pdf (i.e., jeffersonthomaspoems.pdf).
  • There is no reading fee.
  • Send to us preferably via Submittable or to Hamby Stern Publishing, 241 SW 64th CT, Miami FL 33144. Please do not send us any poems as email attachments. These will not be read.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please withdraw your poem from Submittable so that we know it is no longer available.
  • Please do not send us personal, sentimental, or children’s poetry. We are looking for poetry that shows a sense of craft—content and form working together to bring thoughtful meaning to the poem. We are open to formal poetry as long as the form is working for the poem; for example, a perfectly rhymed and metered sonnet would not be of interest to us unless it also has fresh and thoughtful content.

Fiction Submissions

We will also look at short fiction submissions (2500-3000 words). No novel chapters, please. We prefer traditional short stories with good characterization and a strong voice. NO GENRE stories, please (sci-fi, mystery, romance, etc.). Follow the same rules as above for submission but name your file lastnamefirstnamestory.pdf. Only one short story per reading period, please.

Art / Photography Submissions

Artists and photographers may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration in .jpeg format. Note that your artwork must be able to conform to Prospectus’s dimensions and style (8.5 X 11, full color or black and white). Please note that we will publish your work in portrait mode regardless of its original orientation. Please include the title and medium of each piece in your bio and upload each piece individually. Name your file lastnamefirstnametitle.jpeg.


Prospectus publishes reviews of DEBUT full-length collections of poetry, short-story collections, first novels, and art books. The piece reviewed must have been published no longer than one year before submission of the review. Reviews should be 250-300 words and include the publisher’s name and cost of the book. Reviews may also appear on the Prospectus website. Reviewers need not be new writers, though, as always, new writers are welcome to submit. Interested in becoming a regular reviewer? Send us your contact info and a sample of your writing (preferably a review) to If we like your writing, we will alert you when there is a book up for review.

We prefer the following formula:

  • Something about the author, book, and theme. In other words, what is this book about, and who is this author?
  • 2–4 close readings of important parts of the book. Please include line or page numbers in MLA format.
  • An objective evaluation of the work—its greatest strength or “takeaway.” Please do not send us scathing reviews. If you do not like the book, review something else.

Example of a short review

Blog Submissions

The Prospectus blog is a creative space for all matters dealing with poetry, writing, and art, so anything goes if it is relevant. We usually have a monthly theme, which we announce on our FaceBook page, @prospectusliterary. But we always welcome poetry first, and then short (very short: 500–1500 words) stories, fine art, creative nonfiction (also 500–1500 words), reviews (250–300 words), interviews (500–1500 words), and essays (on an author, book, or single piece (500–2000 words). The only limitation is NO GENRE. Please, no werewolves, vampires, serial killers, or romance. If you would like to contribute to the blog, send the completed piece with a 50–75-word bio (PDF) and headshot (JPG, JPEG, TIFF) to Please note that there is NO COMPENSATION for the blog.


Prospectus believes artists should be paid for their work and will pay $25 for each published piece. In addition, you will receive 2 copies of the journal plus a 15% discount on additional copies. Please contact the editor at to order extra copies for readings, book fairs, and bookstores. Don’t forget to tell us about any events in which you are participating, so that we can share the details on the blog and mailing list.

For contributors outside the US & its territories: Regrettably, recent increases in foreign postage have made it prohibitive for us to be able to send any contributor’s copies or payments by check to writers outside the US and its territories. If you are an international contributor, please indicate your PayPal account for your payment. If you do not have a PayPal account, it is free to create one by visiting


Prospectus asks for exclusive First North American Serial Rights (FNASR) and nonexclusive electronic, online, and archival rights. This means you agree to allow Prospectus to be the first publisher of your work in North America (meaning your work has not been previously published anywhere else, including personal blogs, websites, or social media), after which rights return to you. We reserve, however, the right to republish your work on our website, blog, archive, or promotional materials related to Hamby Stern Publishing both online and in print, and we request that you give Prospectus publication credit if you republish your work elsewhere.

Editorial Insights

In a recent interview by Six Questions For, Prospectus Editor, Celia Lisset Alvarez, provides insights on what she looks for in submissions.

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