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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
To publish emerging writers alongside those who are well-known is the mantra of literary magazines everywhere, but New England Review is truly dedicated to discovering significant new voices—and to giving them a place in the broader literary discussion that happens all around us, and in every issue of our journal. We dedicate a substantial portion of our time and effort to reading and evaluating unsolicited submissions in search of that next debut writer; at the same time our editors continue to engage with writers who are well along in their careers and looking for a way to connect with readers as they further develop their life’s work. Every issue of New England Review contains poetry and fiction in a variety of forms and styles—from the formally adventurous to the startlingly traditional—alongside a range of nonfiction, which includes personal essays, cultural revaluation, travelogues, and more. Plays and works in translation are also a regular part of our mix, and we make sure to include at least one work translated from another language in each issue. Once a year we highlight writing from another part of the world in a portfolio of international writing. While each piece in the magazine can be read and appreciated on its own, the issue as a whole is assembled into a thoughtful order, with an eye to flow and thematic coherence or dissonance, creating a sum greater than its parts. Overall the New England Review gives readers a vital snapshot of the literary moment, four times a year, in its richness, complexity, and diversity. NER is on the lookout at all times for writing that rewards the reader for spending time with it. Our editors are tenacious, and even our volunteer readers often stay on board for years, so we are not swayed by star-studded vitae or empty writerly pyrotechnics. We’re impressed by work that’s attentive to craft without drawing attention to it, that takes risks whether noisy or quiet, and that’s serious in its purpose even when its leading edge is humor. NER is always open to new possibilities and new ways of seeing the world through writing, whether the work at hand is a sonnet or a graphic novel, a novella or a short-short, a memoir or a play or something in between. In addition to the journal, which is available in print and ebook, we maintain an active presence online. Our website features news and notes, interviews with our authors, and “NER Digital,” a series of original writing for the web.
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Twitter #NERweb, Facebook
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation
Recent Awards Received
Pushcart Prize; Best American Short Stories, Poetry, Essays; O. Henry Prize Stories; Best New Poets.
Oliver de la Paz, Marianne Boruch, Camille Dungy
We are open for submissions from September through November, and March through May. Please submit online. If you are unable to submit online for any reason, manuscripts can be sent through the mail with SASE. First serial rights. Unpublished work only. Translators should confirm that rights are available.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
From 9 / 1 - 5 / 31
2 - 5 months
cash, copies, subscription
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Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
6.75 - 9.75
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