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Submission Guidelines

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The Paumanok Review is a quarterly Internet literary magazine dedicated to promoting and publishing the best in contemporary art, music, and literature. TPR is published exclusively on the web and is available free of charge. Upon acceptance, TPR acquires one-time and non-exclusive anthology rights. That is, rights revert to the individual creator of a work with the exception of an option to publish the work, whole or in part, in a future electronic or print anthology edition of The Paumanok Review. This agreement is implicit unless otherwise negotiated between the author and publisher at time of acceptance. Galleys are offered in HTML or PDF format. Reprint and simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Please notify the magazine immediately if your piece has been accepted by another publication. TPR does not accept multiple submissions. The best statement of TPR's publishing preferences is the magazine itself. Please read at least one issue before submitting.

Pay schedule:

The Paumanok Review does not provide cash payment. TPR's contributors are entitled to free classified ads for the life of the magazine. In addition, contributors of serial works receive one free banner ad. Contributors also benefit from service discounts from Wind River Press and special opportunities for publicity, as in the Contributors Re-noted section of "News & Views," and upcoming special projects like the Quicktime movie. For more details, contact the editor.


Submissions will only be answered by e-mail. TPR is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. If you have not received a reply within one month, please send a reminder.

Cover Letter:

A cover sheet should either precede the manuscript or be included in the e-mail. Please include your name, two methods of contact (of which one is an e-mail address), a brief biographical note, the title and category of your submission, and where you discovered The Paumanok Review.


Manuscripts should be submitted as attachments (WORD, RTF, HTML, TEXT) or in the body of an e-mail. TPR is read in over seventy countries. Though this is an English-language publication, it is not US- or UK-centric. Please submit accordingly. Manuscripts should be in standard format, and should be marked as submitted in one of four categories:

Short Story (1,000-6,000+ words)

Mainstream, narrative, experimental, historical, mystery, horror, western, science fiction, slice-of-life vignette, serial, novel excerpt.

Short Short Story (200-1,000 words)

See above for forms.

Poetry (100 lines max; up to 5 poems per submission)

All forms.

Essay (6,000 words max.)

Political, satirical,personal, narrative, historical, serial.


Art should be submitted as an attachment. JPEG or TIFF, 300 dpi+ preferred. All forms of art are considered, but please make sure your piece is clear on a standard 256 color display.


MP3 format live, studio, or spoken word original recordings will be accepted as stand-alone submissions or as accompaniments to a literary work. In no case will TPR republish music without the prior consent of the artist or copyright holder.


Full advertising guidelines for all Wind River Press publications can be found on the WRP site:

Questions or Comments:


Q: Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

A: Yes.

Q: What about reprints?

A: Sure.

Q. I have nineteen stories I'd like you to consider. May I send them?

A. Of course. One by one. Multiple submissions are somewhat inconsiderate and always irritating.

Q: Do you publish books?

A: Yes, through Wind River Press.

Q: Why do you redesign the site every issue?

A: I design it around the content.

Q: Don't you have anything better to do?


Q: Uh-huh. So you make a lot of money off of TPR?

A: Not a red cent.

Q: How can I be a featured contributor?

A: I take a look at all of the pieces accepted for publication in a certain issue, and select from among them one author whom I believe shows exceptional promise, and who is established enough to have a bit to teach the rest of us. Featured contributors are often authors whose books will be published through Wind River Press (TPR's parent). In fact, every author accepted for publication by Wind River Press has thusfar been previously published in Paumanok or Critique.

Q: I speak English, but write better in Lithuanian. Can I send you one of my stories?

A: TPR only considers English-language submissions at this time.

Q: What do you not want to see in a submission?

A: A biography that is longer than the actual story or poem. Fiction that uses a child or adolescent as the narrator. Fiction that is written in the first person. Fiction written from a dog's point of view.

Q: What really annoys you?

A: a.) Drew Carey.

b.) Submissions that don't follow the guidelines. They're not there for my health. No, I've never rejected a manuscript for completely disregarding these simple and direct requests. But I might. Really. (This is not a joke! Some people appear confused. If you know how to say 'no multiple submissions' in a less ambiguous manner, please e-mail the editor.)


Ella writes to suggest: “DO NOT SEND MORE THAN FIVE (5 -- that's five: as many finger-like things as stick out from one hand on most people) POEMS EVER OR I WILL BAN YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS FROM MY SERVER.” Good one, Ella! That's right, folks: five.

Q: What does 'Paumanok' mean?

A: It's a mutation of a Native American word for 'Long Island', literally, 'fish-shaped'. Whitman used this form of the word in many of his poems.

Q: So you're in New York?

A: No.


A: Sorry.