Guidelines

Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Submissions are read from August 15 to May 15 of every year. We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.

We only accept unsolicited submissions through Submittable. There is, at present, no reading fee. We are unable to respond to paper submissions or unsolicited e-mail submissions, or to comment on individual pieces.

We pay contributors $100 for prose of six pages and under, $200 for prose of over six pages, and $20 per poem, in addition to two copies of the issue the piece is published in and a copy of the subsequent issue.

Work must be previously unpublished in print or online, including on personal blogs.  Prose submissions must be double-spaced and paginated. Please include a cover letter with your submission. We welcome simultaneous submissions, as long as you notify us immediately when work has been accepted elsewhere.

We do not accept unsolicited submissions from current or recent students, faculty, or staff of Bennington College. Undergraduate and graduate alumni, as well as past employees of Bennington, are asked to wait two years before submitting work to the magazine.

We welcome submissions from established and emerging writers alike. We ask that writers who submit to the journal possess a familiarity with contemporary literature in the genre of their work. For poetry, please send no fewer than three and no more than five poems per submission. For fiction and creative nonfiction, please send no more than thirty pages per submission; any excerpts from a longer project must work as self-contained essays or stories.

For film writing (and/or television writing), we are not looking for evaluative “reviews”; rather, please send essays  that engage with cinema in a unique and/or personal way. We want writers who are aware of the greater cultural, aesthetic, and social significance of their subject, be it domestic, international, avant-garde, classic, or contemporary cinema. We will also consider pieces on television, video art, viral videos, Vines, or any of the other alternative forms that moving images might take. Our preferred length for film writing is 10 to 20 pages. Pitches are welcome and encouraged.

We are additionally interested in publishing translations: translators should have permission from the copyright holder and a copy of the work in the original language.

We do not accept unsolicited reviews or interviews, though we are always happy to entertain queries about genres of work that fall outside the journal’s current scope.

We will consider all submitted work for the print journal; some work will additionally be featuredon Bennington Review’s website. We acquire first North American serial rights for all accepted work.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please email us at benningtonreview@bennington.edu.