Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.  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.

In 2018-2019, we will have a shortened submissions period, and unsolicited submissions will only be accepted from November 1st, 2018 to May 15th, 2019. Submissions response times vary, though we aim to respond to most poetry submissions within two-to-three months and to most prose submissions within four months.

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Work must be previously unpublished in print or online, including on personal blogs.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 a minimum of 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. Individual genre guidelines are listed below. 

Note that we are additionally interested in publishing translations: translators should have permission from the copyright holder and should include a copy of the original work with their submission, regardless of language.

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.

Ends on May 15, 2019
Please send no fewer than three and no more than five poems per submission.
Ends on May 15, 2019
Please send no more than thirty pages per submission; any excerpts from a longer project must work as self-contained essays or stories.
Ends on May 15, 2019

Please send no more than thirty pages per submission; any excerpts from a longer project must work as self-contained essays or stories.

Ends on May 15, 2019
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. 
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