Submissions are now closed. We expect to begin reading again in late August 2017.


Please limit your poetry submission to a maximum of five poems at a time.
Please limit your submission of prose to one piece at a time. We will consider a suite of two or three flash pieces.

Due to the volume of submissions, we ask that you submit only once during each submission period.

We accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your manuscript immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Writers who have not yet published a book are eligible for our annual award for emerging writers.

Important Note: If you’d like to withdraw just a portion of your manuscript (i.e. one or two poems), please leave us a note on the submission page in Submittable. (To do so, you simply click on the title of your submission and then the Activity tab. You will see a text box in which you can add your note.) 

We publish only original, previously unpublished work.
Payment: Accepted authors will receive 2 copies of the issue in which their work appears, as well as a year’s subscription to Sou’wester.

We no longer accept submissions by regular mail.

Click here to go to Submittable to check the status of your submission, or withdraw your submission or leave a note about your submission (i.e. you need to withdraw a single poem from your submission).