Sierra Nevada Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Who we are

Since 1990, the Sierra Nevada Review has been publishing daring new poetry, short fiction, literary nonfiction, and visual art from the shores of Lake Tahoe. 

As of September 2022, we are a digital publication. Beginning in 2023, we will be sharing two issues a year, on March 1 and September 1, and will occasionally open submissions for special features. Response time may vary between a few days and several months. 

  • General Submissions: March 1 – May 1
  • General Submissions: October 1 – December 1

For updates on opportunities outside of the general reading periods, follow us @sierranevadareview or send us an email. 

What we like

We publish writing that leans toward the unconventional, surprising, and risky. We appreciate experiments in form and content, and prefer works whose meanings deepen on repeated readings. We don't usually accept genre fiction unless it's got something special. 

General submission guidelines

  • Poetry: Please upload no more than five poems or five pages of poetry, whichever comes first. 
  • Fiction & Nonfiction: Fiction, YA fiction, and literary nonfiction should not exceed 4,000 words. We welcome flash fiction and nonfiction submissions. You may submit more than one flash piece, as long as your total word count does not exceed 4,000 words. 
  • Visual art: You may upload up to 5 images for cover art consideration. If you submit cover art, you may not submit in a written genre.
  • Please send only one submission per reading period, in one genre only. Submitting more than once will automatically disqualify all submissions.
  • We gladly accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere! If you only wish to withdraw part of a submit, please leave us a note on Submittable. We do not consider previously published material.
  • The only way to submit is via Submittable. We don't accept email submissions.

We love you, but....

  • If your submission does not meet the above criteria, we will not read your work. 
  • If you have previously contributed to the Sierra Nevada Review, please wait one reading session to submit again.  

Feel free to email us with any questions! We can't wait to see what you've created. 

Writers retain all rights. 

Sierra Nevada Review