The theme of our Spring 2021 edition is:

DELIGHT

Submission period: December 1, 2020-January 31, 2021

Guest Editor for Poetry: Julia Bouwsma


December 1-14: Free submissions
December 15 – January 31: Paid submissions*

(submissions of works in translation are free)

*After a 2-week period of free submissions, The Ilanot Review will be charging a $3 fee for all submissions, with the exception of works in translation. For the past 10 years, we’ve been funding our operations (Submittable and web hosting fees) by hosting live workshops and other events in Israel. The COVID-19 pandemic has made our usual fundraising activities impossible, so we have little choice but to charge this time around. We know that times are tough for everyone, and we sincerely thank you for your understanding.


For our Delight issue (spring 2021), we are interested in “that which gives great pleasure.” We’re in love with “the Old French delit…from delitier ‘please greatly, charm,’ from Latin delectare ‘to allure, delight, charm, please,’ frequentative of delicere “entice” (see delicious). Tell us how it’s “spelled delite until 16c.” and that “the modern unetymological form is by influence of light, flight, etc.” We’d also be pleased and delighted to read works of delight and light and peace and contentment inspired by Germanic, Slavic, Semitic, Chinese, and all other world etymologies of this pleasantness, and all the permutations of enjoyment. Delight!

We welcome your previously unpublished stories, essays, poetry, graphic art, and genres that have no name. (We consider self-published work and work posted on internet venues, personal websites and social media as previously published.)

  • Only one submission per reading period, please! Multiple submissions (including submissions to multiple genres) will be automatically disqualified.
  • We will consider simultaneous submissions but ask that you retract your work immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • If your work appears in our current or previous issue, we kindly ask that you refrain from submitting to our upcoming issue.
  • Please include a short bio (50 -75 words) with your submission.
  • We welcome unpublished translations of original work, provided the translator has obtained permission from the author. Please include a copy of the original work.
  • We welcome work that challenges conventions of form, style, and content.
  • See individual submission categories for specific guidelines. 

We are currently accepting submissions for our DELIGHT issue.  We welcome unpublished translations into English from any language, provided the translator has obtained permission from the author (or vice versa, if the author is submitting). Please include a copy of the original work.

Word limits:

  • Poetry: Up to 5 poems, not to exceed 7 pages. Please submit all work + bio in a single Word file, with each poem beginning on a separate page. Please include your name and contact information on each page.
  • Fiction: One short story, up to 2500 words long, or up to 3 flash pieces, no longer than 1500 words total.
  • Creative Nonfiction: One essay of up to 3000 words, or up to 3 flash pieces, no longer than 1500 words total.

We are currently accepting submissions for our DELIGHT  issue.



Reading Poetry for this Issue: Guest Editor Julia Bouwsma & Poetry Editor Jane Medved

Submit up to five poems , not exceeding 7 pages, in a SINGLE Word file. Each poem should begin on a separate page. Please include your name and contact information on each page. Please include a brief (75-100 word) author bio.

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We do NOT allow multiple submissions during the same reading period (including submissions to multiple genres). Multiple submissions will be automatically disqualified. We receive a high volume of work and try very hard to respond quickly.  If your work is declined, please wait for the next issue of the Ilanot Review to submit again.  


We are currently accepting submissions for our DELIGHT issue. 


Reading Fiction for this Issue: Editors Mitch Ginsburg & Nadia Jacobson, Assistant Editor Anat Hinkis

Please submit one short story, up to 2500 words long, or up to 3 flash pieces, no longer than 1500 words total.  

Please note that we do NOT allow multiple submissions during the same reading period (including submissions to multiple genres). Multiple submissions will be automatically disqualified. We receive a high volume of work and try very hard to respond quickly.  If your work is declined, please wait for the next issue of the Ilanot Review to submit again.  

We are currently accepting submissions for our DELIGHT issue. 


Reading CNF for this Issue: Marcela Sulak & Karen Marron

Submit one piece of creative nonfiction, preferably no more than 3000 words long, or up to 3 flash pieces, no longer than 1500 words total.  Please include a brief bio with your submission.

We welcome work that challenges conventions of form, style and content.

Please note that we do NOT allow multiple submissions during the same reading period (including submissions to multiple genres). Multiple submissions will be automatically disqualified. We receive a high volume of work and try very hard to respond quickly.  If your work is declined, please wait for the next issue of the Ilanot Review to submit again.  

We are currently accepting submissions for our DELIGHT issue.

For this category, please submit images or series of images that tell a story (or poem): comics, photo essays, graphic fiction/poetry/nonfiction, other types of visual narratives.  Up to six files per submitter.

Please note that we do NOT allow multiple submissions during the same reading period (including submissions to multiple genres). Multiple submissions will be automatically disqualified. We receive a high volume of work and try very hard to respond quickly.  If your work is declined, please wait for the next issue of the Ilanot Review to submit again.  


We are currently accepting submissions on the theme of DELIGHT.


Paintings, drawings, photography and other forms of visual art are welcome.  Artwork submitted to this category will be considered for inclusion within the journal’s pages and as cover art. Up to six images per submitter. 

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