Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Since 1960, Sou’wester has consistently published some of the best poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction being produced. Almost every issue includes one or more interviews, most recently with Julie Otsuka, Jane O. Wayne, R.T. Smith, and Li-Young Lee. SW regularly publishes special topics issues, such as “The Long Poem and the Short-Short Story,” and, in Spring 2006, “Contemporary Catalan Poetry in Translation.” Sou’wester is meticulously produced and strives for elegance and excellence on and between the covers.

Our only literary creed is excellence. We don’t favor particular schools or groups or movements any more than we favor the established writer over the up-and-coming writer. We believe that one needn’t throw out tradition to achieve work that is startling. Similarly, our consistency and stick-to-it-iveness guarantee only the best kind of predictability: with every issue our job is to orchestrate a prime reading experience, period. And writers whose work appeared in Sou’wester Volume 35 can count on the appearance of Volume 36 (as much as you can count on anything), two issues worth, fall and spring.

 

Section Policies

Fiction - General

Editors
  • Valerie Vogrin
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Poetry - General

Editors
  • Adrian Matejka
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Nonfiction - General

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Poetry - Weather

Editors
  • Adrian Matejka
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Fiction - Weather

Editors
  • Valerie Vogrin
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Nonfiction - Weather

Editors
  • Valerie Vogrin
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Rawson

Editors
  • Valerie Vogrin
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Vogrin

Editors
  • Valerie Vogrin
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

We publish only original, previously unpublished work.

Please limit your submission to a maximum of five poems at a time. Please submit one piece of full-length prose or up to three flash pieces at a time.

Submit only once during our reading period, which is between August 15 and April 15 yearly. Work received outside of our reading period will be deleted.

We will read simultaneous submissions, but ask that you contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. (We ask that you contact us through this online submission manager.)

We strongly encourage you to utilize our online submission manager to submit and track the progress of your work. We will make every effort to respond to submissions within 60 days. For now, we will continue to accept submissions that follow our guidelines through regular mail. Please be advised that response time may be delayed for submissions received in this format.

 

Publication Frequency

Sou'wester is published twice a year, with approximate release dates in December (Fall issue) and May (Spring issue).

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Payment

Accepted authors will receive 2 copies of the issue in which their work appears, as well as a year's subscription to Sou'wester.