The Ilanot Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The theme of our Fall 2021 edition is:


Submission period: May 1, 2020-June 30, 2021

Guest Editors for Poetry: Iris Jamahl Dunkle & Nicole Callihan

May 1-14: Free submissions 

May 14 – June 30: Paid submissions*

(submissions of works in translation are free) [We've hit Submittable's cap for free submissions. Works in translation can be submitted for free starting June 1.]

*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 a brief time (May 1-June 30) we will be reading for the “Ephemera(l)” issue of The Ilanot Review. We want your evanescent, deciduous flash. Life is temporary, and earth seems even more short-lived than it ought to be. Death is the mother of beauty, and in her honor, slip us your fleeting, fugacious, transient beauties. We especially welcome flash fiction and creative nonfiction, one-line poems, and graphics that might just disappear. We want the momentary encounters of momentous consequence, the ghost of what was once dearly loved, the vibrations of the earth and air at the approach of a hummingbird, the echoes of time, and ripples of what could have been.

We welcome your previously unpublished stories, essays, poetry, graphic art, and genres that have no name.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  • We welcome unpublished translations of original work, provided the translator has obtained permission from the author.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. 
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