The Penn Review was founded in 1966, making it the oldest continuously published literary magazine at the University of Pennsylvania. “Devoted to the literary and visual arts, we publish original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual artwork, and feature an innovative blend of emerging and established voices in our biannual publication. Our list of contributors include authors and artists from across the United States and around the globe.”
It was very exciting to have my poem “Preparation” previously featured at The Penn Review also included in their 50th issue! They are known for their fast response time, and got back to me on my original submission within two days. They are listed as one of the fastest poetry markets on Duotrope. If you’re a regular submitter, it’s always nice to get a response back so quickly, even if it is a rejection.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Daniel Finkel a few questions to find out. See my interview with Finkel and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Penn Review.
FINKEL: We’re the University of Pennsylvania’s premier literary magazine, specializing in the publication of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art.
HOPKINSON: How/why was The Penn Review originally started?
FINKEL: The Penn Review was founded in 1966 in order to provide a space for the best literary and artistic works of the Penn community. Over the years, we’ve expanded our original guidelines to include authors and artists from across the United States and around the globe, and up to the present day we have continued to publish a range of emerging and established voices in our biannual issues.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
FINKEL: We’re looking for works with sharp edges and evocative language. Send us fiction with strong narrative voices and even stronger characters, creative nonfiction that honestly and eloquently strips all pretenses away, and poetry that uses language with power and precision.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
FINKEL: Right now some of our favorites include The White Review, n+1, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Cleaver.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
FINKEL: Our online submission form is accessible at https://www.pennreview.org/submit/
DEADLINE: November 20, 2018
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual artwork