The Idaho Review considers polished short stories and poetry for annual publication. Please indicate your genre in your cover letter, and upload your piece to our online submission manager: Submittable.

Our submission period is currently open and will close on March 9, 2018. If you have any other questions, please refer to our FAQs below. Best of luck with your writing—we look forward to reading your work!


Can I still send my submission by mail?

We prefer you to use our online submission manager. However, we do accept submissions by post. Please send your submission with an enclosed SASE to the following address:

Idaho Review
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho 83725

Is there a page limit for fiction and poetry?

Although we don’t have a designated page limit for fiction, most of the stories we publish are under 25 double-spaced pages. For poetry submissions, we consider up to five poems.

Is there a limit to how many times I can submit in a year?

Yes. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we ask that you submit only once each reading period.

When is the Idaho Review’s reading period?

The reading period is currently closed but will reopen on September 1, 2014. All manuscripts sent outside of the submission period will be returned unread.

Do you accept creative nonfiction?

Although we do not regularly publish creative nonfiction, we are open to reading CNF submissions.

Do you accept novel excerpts, chapbooks, or novellas?

Yes. Please submit them through our submission manager Submittable.

When can I expect to hear a response?

Although we try to be prompt in our reply, please remember we have a small working staff and typically will respond in six months or less. Because of the high volume of work we receive, it is not possible for us to respond individually to story submissions. After six months time, inquiries may be emailed to our editor at