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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit?

All submissions are accepted via Submittable, which is free for writers and easy to use. Go to the Submit tab on our website and click on the genre of your choice. You will then be directed to our Submittable page to either sign in or create a new account. General submissions are free.

When are submissions open?

Submissions are open from June 1 to November 1.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

Yes, but if you do submit your work to another magazine and it is accepted, you must withdraw the piece from Reed. This can be done through your Submittable account.

Do you accept translations and/or scholarly work?


Can I submit previously published work?

No. We accept unpublished work only.

Are there rules for what I can submit?

There are no rules as Reed is not a themed magazine. We accept all forms of literary prose and poetry. Artwork should be at least 300 dpi and submitted in a .jpg or .pdf format. We ask that prose works be under 5,000 words and that you include no more than five poems in your submission. All prose and poetry must be submitted in a .doc or .docx format. Further instructions can be found under the Submit tab as well as on our Submittable page.

Do you have any contests?

Yes. Contest submissions are separate from general submissions and are a separate link on our Submittable page. We have contests for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Art. There is a reading fee to enter. All entrants receive a free copy of the latest issue of Reed Magazine, and winners receive cash prizes and publication.

When are decisions made?

Publishing decisions are generally made in early December. You will be notified via e-mail, and/or you can check your submission status on your Submittable account.

Who decides what goes in the magazine?

Each genre has a reading team that goes through every piece very carefully. The members of the reading team then discuss together which pieces they think should be published. Reed receives hundreds and hundreds of wonderful submissions each year and unfortunately we have to decline a lot of high quality literature and art.

Do you sell ad space in your magazine? If so, how can I get my ad published?

Yes. If you are interested in advertising with Reed, contact us at mail@reedmag.org.