General Submissions Guidelines

1. Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
Does a bear shit in the woods?

2. What should I include in my cover letter?
No need to get fancy. Just include your bio of not more than 200 words. People who explain their writerly intentions tend not to be good writers.

3. Does White Whale Review remunerate for my labors?
When we get paid for doing this, so will you. We’re doing this for the glory, for the great white whale out there, not for the money, folks.

4. Deadlines? What about deadlines?
We do not believe in these things called “deadlines.” We support rolling submissions.

5. Is there a word limit for submissions?
Technically, no. Be verbose. Be succinct. At worst be good, whatever the length.

6. Is it permissible to submit something that has been published elsewhere?
Emphatically, not. We’re greedy.

7. What is the average response time?
Anywhere on the order of nanoseconds to glacial cycles.

8. What the hell does that mean?
We try to respond within 4-8 weeks. However, if we like you a lot – and we mean A LOT – we
have been known to respond on the same day a submission was received. We have also been
known to contradict ourselves.

9. For how long will my work be published with the White Whale Review?
Your work – if accepted – will appear on the White Whale Review’s website as long as one of
the three crew members piloting this shipwreck is still alive to maintain the website.

10. Can I submit via snail mail?

Yes, but why would you want to? We have been known to *cough* lose *cough* paper submissions.

11. Really, can I?
Please submit all snail mail to:

White Whale Review
5 Rice St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

The Hooker Street address of yore has been sadly, so sadly, retired.

12. Excuse me, but, did you say Hooker St.?
Why yes, yes we did. We have to pay the bills somehow.

13. Did you at least steal the street sign?
Does a bear shit in the woods?

We accept literary fiction: anything from quality flash to literary realism to fables to experimental narrative work. We welcome stand-alone novel excerpts and will consider novellas.

One story at a time, friends.
Literary nonfiction: essays, memoir, lyrical essays, you name it we buy it.

One piece at a time.
Please don't send us stuff that is better suited to Hallmark cards. Aside from that we're open to anything from very short to epic.

Submit 2-5 poems at a time in a single document.

Note: We've also published chapbook length sequences-if you have a sequence you don't want to break up, please send us 3-5 representative poems and note that it's a sample of a longer sequence. We'll let you know if we're interested in reading more.