Free State Review is a literary journal that comes out four times every three years.

Want to know what we’re into? Peruse our site and/or order a copy, then hit us up!

Free State Review is a literary journal that comes out four times every three years.

 

Want to know what we’re into? Peruse our site and/or order a copy, then hit us up!

Summer Reading Period

May 1st-September 1st 2024

Submit your prose and poetry manuscripts through our Submittable page at the link below to have your work considered during our summer reading period.

New and Forthcoming!

Our New Authors

chosen from our Summer 2022 and 2023 reading periods

Andy Bieman, Brocken Spectre, a novella about Zyg, a field recording hobbyist who has been trying to record two footsteps that never seem to turn out right.

Clayton Clark, Auscultate, a collection of poems which investigate the body in many of its forms: humans and animals, plants and fungi, bodies of water, bodies of knowledge, bodies of art, and even bodies of bodies.

J.A Bernstein, Afterlight, a memoir of an Israeli soldier unable to prevent his political irony from becoming his personal crisis.

Suzanne Burns, Look at All the Colors Hidden There, a collection of poems wielding lush desire alongside vibrant texture and mood.

Michelle Herman, Animal Behavior, a collection of essays preoccupied with loss, love, and longing.

Cindy King, Five for Nothing, a chapbook of poems preoccupied with narrative storytelling and release, figuring out what we become when left alone with our thoughts.

Laton Carter, The Woman, a collection of poems that questions whether or not an ontological center is even necessary. Laton is our 2024 Galileo Fellow.

Emily May, Some Girls, a chapbook of essays around the subject of the female-femme body, specifically how women see themselves being seen.

 

The Bubbler

A Violence by Sheleen McElhinney

A Violence by Sheleen McElhinney

On the day my father had his open heart surgery, they cracked him apart like a wishbone, pried him open like a lobster tail. A gloved surgeon on either side digging in and...

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Latest Issue

Gavin Bourke, Oisin Breen, Casey Bush, Henry Cherry, Jeff Corey, Barbara Daniels, Jessica Lynn Dotson, S. Preston Duncan, Nathan Erwin, Craig Evenson, Bruce Jacobs, Juleen Eun Sun Johnson, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Sheleen McElhinney, Tim Moder, Eric Pankey, Sage Ravenwood, Matthew Raymond, Greg Sendi, D.E. Steward, Jocelyn Ulevicus, Rob Vance, Loren Walker

How to Read Our Journal

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Free State Review is published in print every 8 months.

We are looking for poetry, fiction, personal essay, and one-minute plays. No more oyster poems, please.

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