Submission Guidelines

The Oxford American welcomes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions, as well as proposals for articles. We accept submissions via Submittable. (There is $2 processing fee.) The Oxford American does not accept submissions on paper and cannot return manuscripts sent to the office.

Please familiarize yourself with recent issues of the magazine before you submit. The Oxford American can be purchased at discerning bookstores and newsstands everywhere. Single-copy issues and back issues may be purchased here.

Issues appear in March, June, September, and December. Our annual Southern Music Issue appears in December. To learn more about our upcoming music issue, click here.

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POETRY SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. The Oxford American looks forward to considering your poetry. We ask that you familiarize yourself with our recent issues and the quality of poetry we seek, as well as the limited number of quarterly pages we have for poems. We seek to publish the best poetry “of” the American South and understand the Southern poetry movement to be of many traditions, at once manifold, divergent, and rooted. Please send up to five pages of previously unpublished works per unsolicited submission, no more frequently than twice a year. Simultaneous submissions are welcome; from us you can expect a one to three month response period. We read on a rolling basis.

Note: For our Music Issue, we feature poets writing from the featured state or theme.

You can submit your poetry here.



The Oxford American welcomes art and photography submissions. However, we can only respond upon acceptance. Images may be uploaded via Submittable or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in any standard format.