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The Volume 10, No. 1 (October 1924) issue was the first to bear the new title Southwest Review and the first issue published by SMU.



Mailed submissions should be typed neatly, double-spaced (for articles and short stories), on white paper. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope, or include an email address, for reply and will not be returned unless SASE includes sufficient postage. Please do not send a Universal Postal Union coupon for international postage. Mailed submissions should be sent to:

Southwest Review
P.O. Box 750374
Dallas, TX 75275-0374

Submissions are accepted online for a $2.00 administrative fee. There is no fee for submissions sent by mail.

Please address poetry and nonfiction submissions to Willard Spiegelman and fiction submissions to Jennifer Cranfill.

Regular manuscripts will not be accepted during the summer months of June, July, and August. Contest manuscripts are accepted at any time prior to their entry deadline.

The Southwest Review does not accept simultaneous or fax submissions, and does not consider work that has been published previously.

Due to the volume of submissions, the editors cannot respond with suggestions or comments.

SWR is published quarterly. Accepted piece(s) receive nominal payment upon publication and five gratis copies of the issue in which the work appears.

Nonfiction Articles

Articles published by the Southwest Review embrace almost every area of adult interest: contemporary affairs, history, folklore, fiction, poetry, literary criticism, art, music, and the theatre. Material should be presented in a fashion suited to a quarterly that is not journalistic and not terribly overloaded with academic apparatus or jargon. It should not be too specialized, after the manner of papers that appear in "learned journals" of different fields of study. Please submit one essay at a time. Preferred length: 3,500 to 7,000 words.


We have published fiction in widely varying styles. We prefer stories of character development, of psychological penetration, to those depending chiefly on plot. We have no specific requirements as to subject matter. Please submit one story at a time. Preferred length: 3,500 to 7,000 words.


It is hard to describe the Southwest Review’s preference in poetry in a few words. We always suggest that potential contributors read several issues of the magazine to see for themselves what we like. But some things may be said: We demand very high quality in our poems; we accept both traditional and experimental writing; we place no arbitrary limits on length; we have no specific limitations as to theme. Please limit your submission to six poems.

Please note that there is a $2.00 fee to submit online.
This fee is non-refundable.
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To submit your work for a SWR contest, click here.

Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750374 . Dallas TX 75275-0374
214-768-1037 .  Fax 214-768-1408
Email: swr@smu.edu
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