Submission Guidelines

Issue 97, Summer 2017. Photograph courtesy of Reid McNally Issue 97, Summer 2017. Photograph courtesy of Reid McNally


October 15 – January 15

The Oxford American welcomes submissions for a work of fiction from an emerging writer for our Summer 2019 issue. We are eager to feature a writer whose fiction has not yet been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000 copies. Stories under 10,000 words will be considered, and the selected writer will be paid $1000. The Summer issue will be on newsstands starting June 2019.

Our primary consideration is quality, though we would be especially pleased to include the work of an author with ties to the South and/or a story that furthers our mission of exploring the complexity and vitality of the South.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, though we ask that stories are immediately withdrawn from consideration following acceptance elsewhere.

Submit to the Oxford American’s debut fiction call.


The Oxford American welcomes submissions for The Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship. Fellow will receive a $10,000 living stipend, housing, and an editorial apprenticeship with the Oxford American toward a nine-month residency in the thriving creative capital, Central Arkansas. Submissions will reopen at the end of the year. Read more about eligibility and guidelines, here. Or apply now via Submittable


The Oxford American welcomes fiction and nonfiction submissions, as well as proposals for articles. We accept submissions via Submittable. (There is a $2 processing fee for most categories.) 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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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.


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.