Gordon Square Review is an online literary magazine published biannually to showcase emerging writers nationwide, award editing mentorships, and provide a venue to spotlight Northeast Ohio writers. Submissions just closed for Issue 2. Check out our events page above for more info about the Issue 2 launch party.
Why Gordon Square?
Gordon Square Review is published by Literary Cleveland, a nonprofit organization working to nurture a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio. Literary Cleveland is headquartered in the Gordon Square Arts District, which serves as the cultural heart of Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Gordon Square Review embraces its namesake’s ideals surrounding creativity, artistic exploration, and the value of supporting and celebrating emerging talent.
What does Gordon Square Review publish?
Gordon Square Review considers submissions of short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from writers across the United States and internationally. We feature emerging writers no matter their geographic location, but we also reserve a special place for Northeast Ohio writers.
Northeast Ohio Writers
Every issue of Gordon Square Review will spotlight at least one writer in Northeast Ohio,—an area that, by our definition, includes the Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Youngstown, Kent, and Lorain/Elyria/Oberlin areas. Northeast Ohio writers are particularly encouraged to enter our annual contest.
As part of its mission, Gordon Square Review strives to mentor emerging writers. During the selection process, each editor will each choose a piece of writing from the general submission pool and work with the author in revision. Completed drafts resulting from these mentorships will be published in Gordon Square Review and accompanied by micro essays from the respective contributors and editors. These competitive editing mentorships will help guide emerging writers through the revision and publication process. All writers who submit to Gordon Square Review are automatically considered for a mentorship.
Gordon Square Review released its debut issue in November 2017. Submissions for the current issue will be accepted through March 15, 2017. Submissions are free, and accepted contributors will be paid a modest honorarium.