From its founding in 1976, The Louisville Review has “fostered the development of new writers. Each poem and story submitted to TLR is judged entirely on its own merit.”
In 1996, to celebrate twenty years of continuous magazine publication, the Fleur-de-Lis Press was launched. To date, eighteen books have been published.
Brief Guidelines – please click on Submissions for full guidelines.
TLR accepts unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama year round. All work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. All submissions are considered based on quality of writing above all else.
Fiction and Nonfiction
Prose submissions should be double-spaced and page numbered. While we do not have a set word limit, please know that our editors are less likely to choose longer pieces simply because it leaves less room in the journal for other work.
Poetry (up to 5 poems) need not be double-spaced. If submitting online, please be sure all poems are in a single document before uploading.
Drama should appear in standard format.. You are welcome to submit selections of a longer work, though pieces that are able to stand alone work best.
The Children’s Corner
The Louisville Review accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry from students in grades K-12. We seek writing that looks for fresh ways to recreate scenes and feelings. Honest emotion and original imagery are more important to a poem than rhyming and big topics—such as life, moralizing, and other abstractions. All Children’s Corner submissions must be accompanied by parental permission to publish if accepted.