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Author Guidelines

We are currently reading only for a special Spring issue, Ekphrastic Fiction and Formal Verse. Please look under Announcements for more information.

Limit your submissions to a maximum of five poems, three flash fictions, or one full-length prose piece.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published. If the submission is accepted elsewhere, you will notify us immediately.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc) or RTF document file format.

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If selected for publication, Sou'wester will acquire First North American Serial Rights for the work. Sou'wester is copyrighted by the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University.


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