Editorial Philosophy

VQR strives to publish the best writing we can find. While we have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, we also seek and support emerging writers. A look at one of our latest issues will show you the diversity of voices we publish.

Genres

  • Poetry: All types and length.
  • Short Fiction: Length is from 2,000–8,000 words. We are generally not interested in genre fiction (such as romance, science fiction, or fantasy).
  • Nonfiction: Length is 3,500–9,000 words. We publish literary, art, and cultural criticism; reportage; historical and political analysis; and travel essays. We publish few author interviews or memoirs. In general, we are looking for nonfiction that looks out on the world, rather than within the self.

General Guidelines

  • We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit previously published material, including work published in anthologies, chapbooks, or online.
  • We only accept submissions online via Submittable. We do not accept submissions via e-mail or post.
  • Please read past issues of VQR before submitting your work so you have a clear sense of our editorial focus. A portion of every issue is freely available on this site. Or you can purchase a recent issue at your local newsstand or bookstore, or directly from us.
  • Submissions are limited to one prose piece and four poems per reading period.  Please group poetry into one submission. Multiple submissions in the same genre will be rejected unread.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted.
  • If work you have submitted to us is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately. For prose submissions, please use your Submittable account to withdraw your submission. For poetry submissions, please use your Submittable account to add a note to your submission listing the titles of works no longer available for consideration.
  • We make every effort to respond within six months, but response time will vary according to the number of submissions. Please be patient with us; we typically receive more than 10,000 unsolicited works per year.
  • Responses will be provided by e-mail. Please do not call or e-mail us regarding the status of your submission.
  • Due to the high volume of submissions, we cannot respond personally to every submission.
  • All files must be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Plain Text (.txt) formats.
  • Please prepare your submission in letter-sized format, with ample margins, double-spaced, using a standard typeface (e.g., Times, Helvetica, Arial) and font size (12 point is best). Please use minimal document and font styling in your submission.

Payment & Copyright

  • For poetry, we pay $200 per poem, up to 5 poems. For prose, we generally pay approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length. For investigative reporting, we pay at a higher rate, sometimes including pre-approved travel expenses. Online-only publication is paid at a lower rate.
  • Our standard publishing agreement asks for the following rights in exchange: first North American print and digital magazine rights; nonexclusive online rights; and other limited rights. Copyright is retained by the author at all times. Authors are free to resell the work, though we do ask for a 90-day exclusive from our first publication of the work.

Please do not e-mail us to ask if we received your submission. If the submissions system acknowledged your submission, or if you received an e-mail confirming receipt of your submission, then rest assured that we have received it.

CONFERENCE DETAILS:

The fourth annual VQR Writers’ Conference takes place July 10-15, 2017, on the grounds of the historic University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Our conference is designed for serious writers at all stages of their careers looking for inspiration and camaraderie.

The workshop faculty for the 2017 conference includes:

Fiction Writing Workshops:

Bret Anthony Johnston

Chigozie Obioma

Poetry Writing Workshops:

Mark Wunderlich

Monica Youn

Nonfiction Writing Workshops:

Meghan Daum

Anne Helen Petersen

#VQRTrueStory Instagram Journalism Workshop:

Jeff Sharlet


Submit your application by April 15.


Conference participants pay $1,100, which includes lodging and meals. For participants who do not need housing, the cost is $950.

Once admitted to the conference, a nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due by May 31. The balance is due at or before registration. Payment may be made by check or credit card.

A limited number of $350 scholarships will be made available based on the potential for literary excellence.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
To apply to the #VQRTrueStory Instagram journalism workshop, you may submit any combination of nonfiction words and pictures. Pictures do not have to be the work of "photographers"; snapshots are especially welcome. This workshop—our first of this kind—will guide participants through the process of creating Instagram essays. Please familiarize yourself with #VQRTrueStory prior to applying.

If your manuscript is excerpted from a longer work, please provide a brief summary of the project with your cover letter.

Additionally, in your cover letter, please provide a biographical statement of up to one hundred words that includes relevant information such as any notable publications and literary awards. 

Questions? Email: conference@vqronline.org

CONFERENCE DETAILS:

The fourth annual VQR Writers’ Conference takes place July 10-15, 2017, on the grounds of the historic University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Our conference is designed for serious writers at all stages of their careers looking for inspiration and camaraderie.

The workshop faculty for the 2017 conference includes:

Fiction Writing Workshops:

Bret Anthony Johnston

Chigozie Obioma

Poetry Writing Workshops:

Mark Wunderlich

Monica Youn

Nonfiction Writing Workshops:

Meghan Daum

Anne Helen Petersen

#VQRTrueStory Instagram Journalism Workshop:

Jeff Sharlet


Submit your application by April 15.


Conference participants pay $1,100, which includes lodging and meals. For participants who do not need housing, the cost is $950.

Once admitted to the conference, a nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due by May 31. The balance is due at or before registration. Payment may be made by check or credit card.

A limited number of $350 scholarships will be made available based on the potential for literary excellence.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
To apply in fiction, please submit no more than fifteen pages total. If your manuscript is excerpted from a longer work or a novel, please provide a brief summary of the project with your cover letter.

Additionally, in your cover letter, please provide a biographical statement of up to one hundred words that includes relevant information such as any notable publications and literary awards. 

Questions? Email: conference@vqronline.org


CONFERENCE DETAILS:

The fourth annual VQR Writers’ Conference takes place July 10-15, 2017, on the grounds of the historic University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Our conference is designed for serious writers at all stages of their careers looking for inspiration and camaraderie.

The workshop faculty for the 2017 conference includes:

Fiction Writing Workshops:

Bret Anthony Johnston

Chigozie Obioma

Poetry Writing Workshops:

Mark Wunderlich

Monica Youn

Nonfiction Writing Workshops:

Meghan Daum

Anne Helen Petersen

#VQRTrueStory Workshop:

Jeff Sharlet


Submit your application by April 15.


Conference participants pay $1,100, which includes lodging and meals. For participants who do not need housing, the cost is $950.

Once admitted to the conference, a nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due by May 31. The balance is due at or before registration. Payment may be made by check or credit card.

A limited number of $350 scholarships will be made available based on the potential for literary excellence.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
To apply in poetry, please submit four to seven poems of no more than twelve pages total.

Additionally, in your cover letter, please provide a biographical statement of up to one hundred words that includes relevant information such as any notable publications and literary awards. 

Questions? Email: conference@vqronline.org

CONFERENCE DETAILS:

The fourth annual VQR Writers’ Conference takes place July 10-15, 2017, on the grounds of the historic University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Our conference is designed for serious writers at all stages of their careers looking for inspiration and camaraderie.

The workshop faculty for the 2017 conference includes:

Fiction Writing Workshops:

Bret Anthony Johnston

Chigozie Obioma

Poetry Writing Workshops:

Mark Wunderlich

Monica Youn

Nonfiction Writing Workshops:

Meghan Daum

Anne Helen Petersen

#VQRTrueStory Instagram Journalism Workshop:

Jeff Sharlet


Submit your application by April 15.


Conference participants pay $1,100, which includes lodging and meals. For participants who do not need housing, the cost is $950.

Once admitted to the conference, a nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due by May 31. The balance is due at or before registration. Payment may be made by check or credit card.

A limited number of $350 scholarships will be made available based on the potential for literary excellence.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
To apply in nonfiction (includes creative nonfiction and literary journalism), please submit no more than fifteen pages total. If your manuscript is excerpted from a longer work, please provide a brief summary of the project with your cover letter.

Additionally, in your cover letter, please provide a biographical statement of up to one hundred words that includes relevant information such as any notable publications and literary awards. 

Questions? Email: conference@vqronline.org