Submissions

We thank you for your generous submissions throughout the year. As a literary journal, we naturally depend on the submissions of accomplished writers/artists and, most importantly, on new talents. We encourage all of our subscribers and visitors to submit continuously if previous manuscripts go unpublished. As a journal primarily focused on finding new talents throughout the universities of the West Coast, we stress the value of perseverance with regards to publishing for the first time, and hope that all those who submit will continue to do so.


Publishing Rights

Pomona Valley Review requires first serial rights to all publications, meaning that we will be the first publisher of all submissions. After your work is published in our review, however, you may publish your work elsewhere without any affiliation to us. We only maintain the right to use your work, or parts of it, for the issue in which it is published, and occasionally online in relation to the issue.

Timetable

We are open to submissions during fall and winter via the Submittable website below, and publish annually in spring. We will respond to all submissions within a week, but require several months to announce which submissions will be published and when.

Guidelines

Pomona Valley Review publishes unsolicited manuscripts during the spring. Short fiction, poetry, and art is welcome. Please follow the specific guidelines below to ensure your work is submitted properly and will receive the editors' attention, otherwise your manuscript may be deleted without response. Please click on the link at the bottom of the page to use our online submission manager for free. Mail submissions will be returned unread.

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For Short Fiction

Submit 1-2 short stories or novel excerpts in separate Word files as separate submissions that do not exceed 6000 words each. The title of each submission should be only the title of your fiction. Please follow the guidelines below to ensure smooth submission and response.

For Poetry

Submit 3-5 poems in separate Word files as separate submissions that do not exceed 1000 words total. The title of each submission should be only the title of your poem. Please follow the guidelines below to ensure smooth submission and response.

For Art

Submit 3-5 artwork images as separate Word, PDF, or JPEG images, each as a separate submission with the highest resolution possible. The title of each submission should be only the title of your image as you would like to have it published. Specify "Untitled" for all untitled pieces. Please follow the guidelines below to ensure smooth submission and response.

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Additional Guidelines

Submit no more than two types of manuscripts at one time (e.g., one story, four poems). Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged, but let us know immediately if your work is to be published elsewhere.

Please allow several months for our editors to respond to your manuscript before you submit again. If after this time period you have still not received a response, please notify us by email and we will check to see if your submission was received.

Manuscripts should be single-spaced and include a header with your name and email address on every page.
Please select the "No Spacing" option in Word for the ease of formatting your work, making any necessary changes in formatting thereafter. Please proofread your work thoroughly to ensure acceptance.

Include a short bio of yourself in the cover letter, which will be published with your work, should your manuscript be accepted. Refer to previous "Biography" sections of PVR issues for examples.

For the title of your submission, please include only the title of the actual work via Submittable, as we will already have your name.

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SUBMIT TO PVR

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