General Guidelines


The Cossack Review accepts submissions of new work on a rolling basis. Work will be considered for upcoming and future print and web issues of the review.

Use 12 pt. Times New Roman or similar.

Please submit only once in each category before hearing back from us. After you receive a response, wait at least two months before submitting again. 

Please do not include your name in your submitted document, and do not include cover letters in your submissions; use the space provided on the Submittable form to share a cover letter or publication history.

We welcome simultaneous submissions and do not expect you to withhold work from one journal in favor of another. However, should your work be accepted elsewhere, inform us immediately by withdrawing the entire submission, or by adding a note to your submission (poets).

Refer to category guidelines for further information.

The Cossack Review is currently reading submissions of short fiction, from short-shorts to near-novellas. While we prefer no one style over another, we hope you'll send us your best, most thoughtful and nuanced writing. 

We welcome long stories that approach our upper limit of 20,000 words, but will not consider novel excerpts or genre fiction.

  • Submit unpublished work only. 
  • Please send one short story at a time, or no more than three individual flash fiction pieces (1,000 words or less each) in one document.
  • Double-space your submission, please, except in the case of flash fiction.
  • Use 12 pt. Times New Roman or similar

Send 3-6 poems in a single submission, with one poem on each page. Send at least three poems to best represent your writing. 

We are looking for poems that capture the evolving spirit of contemporary poetry. While no one style is preferred, we seek poetry that is cogent, lovely, original, and powerful. We like imagery and meaning, and lively work, whether formal or experimental. 

No visual or artistic poetry submissions will be considered at this time.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately by leaving a note on your submission.

Do not include identifying information (name, email, etc.) in your submission; put this information in the cover letter field only.

Robert Bly described the prose of essayist and poet Francis Ponge this way: “It is as if the object itself, a stump or an orange, has links with the human psyche, and the unconscious provides material it would not give if asked directly. The unconscious passes into the object and returns.” 

TCR welcomes all types of creative nonfiction submissions, especially essays about surprising things.

We want your writing to be on any topic with which you can thoughtfully engage your readers, your creative nonfiction to speak to telling moments. We are interested in the use of form as a medium that can instruct its content.

There is a 10,000 word limit for this category.
Send unpublished work only. 

Please, no memoir excerpts, journalism, or academic papers.

We are looking for poetry and excerpted / short fiction in translation from any language. We are particularly interested in work appearing in English for the first time, such as new writing that has yet to be published in English in book form, or pieces from an upcoming book. 

The translation itself must be previously unpublished. Please provide a reference to the original work's publication details.

You (the translator) are responsible for securing the rights to the translated work.

Please format your submission in a *single document*, with one poem per page, and no more than 5 pieces per document.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately by leaving a note on your submission.

Submit your work and order the current issue of The Cossack Review. 

Adhere to category-specific guidelines.

Your issue will be mailed promptly; be certain that your physical address is correct.
Submit your work and order a year of electronic issues of The Cossack Review. 

Adhere to category-specific guidelines for word / poem limits and formatting.

Electronic issues are in PDF format. Specify whether you would like to start with the current issue or a previous one.