The Southampton Review

Type Of Organization
(631) 632-5030
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The Southampton Review has been publishing compelling writing and art since 2007. Our goal in putting TSR together is to create a literary journal filled with debut, emerging, and established authors; a literary journal that is inclusive of marginalized voices; a literary journal in which our readers will find themselves represented. Within our pages, readers will discover work from Safia Elhillo, Rick Moody, Meg Wolitzer, Tiphanie Yanique, Sharon Olds, Nick Flynn, Amy Hempel, Jeffrey McDaniel, Cornelius Eady, Timothy Liu, April Bernard, Aliki Barnstone, Katherine Faw, Major Jackson, Lisa Locascio, Cyrus Cassels, and Rachel Lyon, to name just a few. We’re always in search of writing and art that thrills and excites. We publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, fine art, photography, and comics. We’re looking for the weird and wonderful, the story that gives us pause, something we haven’t read before. We encourage authors to take risks with form and voice.

Social Media Platforms Used
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Stony Brook Southampton
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Emily Smith Gilbert
Contact Title
Contact Email
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, gr_novel
Recent Awards Received
2019 Pushcart Prize 2018 Pushcart Prize 2017 Pushcart Notable Mention
Representative Authors
Safia Elhillo, Katherine Faw, Lisa Locascio
Submissions Policy
Fiction: We accept short stories and novel excerpts. No longer than 7,500 words. Poetry: No more than five poems per submission, please. Nonfiction: We accept creative nonfiction, memoir, personal essay, and traditional essay. No longer than 7,500 words. We publish a wide variety of art, including fine art, photography, cartoons and illustrations. Artwork should conform to the following specifications: Raster based images (photos/scans) must be 300dpi at 7″ wide at least (larger is OK). All files should be in CMYK color mode.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 8 / 1 - 10 / 1
Reporting Time
3 - 12 months
Author Payments
cash, copies
TSR Short Short Fiction Prize Frank McCourt Memoir Prize
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Total Circulation
Paid Subscriptions
Single Copy Price
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
6.5 - 9.5
Average Number Of Pages
Emily Smith Gilert
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I began working on The Southampton Review as an editorial assistant in 2014. I became managing editor in 2016 and Editor-in-Chief in August of 2018.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
I'm the only full-time staff member on TSR. Graduate students work on both issues of the review as editorial assistants. We have several volunteer readers. Amy Hempel is our fiction editor and Cornelius Eady is our poetry editor.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Directing your salutation to the editor of your genre is always a good thing. If you're not sure who the editor is, addressing it to me, Emily, is a safe bet. Dear [First Name] is a fine way to do it.