South Dakota Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

South Dakota Review, published quarterly, is committed to cultural and aesthetic diversity. First and foremost, we seek to publish exciting and compelling work that reflects the full spectrum of the contemporary literary arts. Since its inception in 1963, South Dakota Review has maintained a tradition of supporting work by contemporary writers writing from or about the American West. We hope to retain this unique flavor through particularly welcoming works by American Indian writers, writers addressing the complexities and contradictions of the “New West,” and writers exploring themes of landscape, place, and/or eco-criticism in surprising and innovative ways. At the same time, we’d like to set these ideas and themes in dialogue with and within the context of larger global literary communities. South Dakota Review publishes fiction, poetry, essays (and mixed/hybrid-genre work), as well as literary reviews, interviews, and translations. We accept submissions year-round.

Guidelines: Prose manuscripts should be double-spaced; scholarly essays should follow MLA guidelines. Poetry submissions should include no more than 5 poems. All submissions should list the author's contact information, including an email address, in the upper-left corner of the first page.

Submitting: SDR accepts
online submissions via Submittable, and manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should
provide a brief bio note, but not attempt to explain or "sell" the enclosed submissions. Please indicate if the manuscript
is a simultaneous submission.

Most submissions are returned within eight to ten weeks, and manuscripts are published one to six months after acceptance. Payment for accepted manuscripts consists of two copies of the issue in which the manuscript appears. SDR acquires first North American serial rights and reprint rights. Sample copies ($8 per back issue) may be obtained from the Circulations Manager upon request or can be purchased from our online store. Before submitting, South Dakota Review strongly recommends that potential contributors first read the journal or browse recent work from contributors by following links at our website.

Advice from the Editor: "Our aesthetic is eclectic, but we tend to favor deft use of language in both our poetry and prose selections, nuanced characterization in our fiction, and either elegantly or surprisingly executed formal strategies.  As part of our unique flavor, a small handful works in each issue will typically engage with aspects of landscape, ecocritical issues, or place (oftentimes with respect to the American West). Submit up to 5 poems at a time, several flash prose pieces, or one standard-length prose piece. SDR contributors include Norman Dubie, Tarfia Faizullah, Carol Guess and Daniela Olszewska, Megan Kaminski, Ted Kooser, Adrian C. Louis, Joseph Massey, Tiffany Midge, Ira Sukrungruang, Ocean Vuong, and Martha Zweig."

South Dakota Review is published at the University of South Dakota through the Department of English and under the sponsorship of the College of Arts and Sciences. Subscription forms and other communications (see below for submissions) should be sent to South Dakota Review / The Department of English / The University of South Dakota / 414 East Clark Street / Vermillion, SD 57069. You may contact SDR by e-mail at

Please note that South Dakota Review will be closing for the summer and not accepting submissions from May  1st to August 31st.  We're excited to see what you have for us to read starting in September!

South Dakota Review