Hi! We’re glad you’re here and hope you’re taking good care of yourself during this difficult time. Submissions are open.

The Basics:

We are interested in work that showcases the diversity of The Great Plains, but that is in no way a requirement.

Our editors read submissions blindly and do not select pieces for publications based on the established reputation, origin, or experience of the author. 

We accept online submissions via Submittable, for which there is currently a $2-submission fee. This small fee allows us to use Submittable. At this time, we are unable to pay contributors but are working diligently to make this a possibility by next spring.

General Guidelines:

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as we are promptly made aware of the acceptance elsewhere. To withdraw long fiction or essays, please withdraw through Submittable. To withdraw individual flash pieces or poems, email us at:

The Good Life Review acquires First North American Serial Rights and the right to maintain an archive copy of accepted work online. All other rights revert to authors upon publication, and the work may be reprinted with appropriate acknowledgment to The Good Life Review.

We will respond to all submitted work. Please allow up to 12 weeks for a response.

We do not publish offensive work or pieces which exhibit hatred directed toward a particular gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual identity, socioeconomic class, or other status, regardless of protected by law. In other words—if you are an asshole, we don’t want your writing or your two dollars.

If you have work that doesn’t fit neatly into one of our categories, choose the most appropriate genre. We’ll figure it out.

Submit only once during a given reading period.

Work must be original and previously unpublished.

Reading Periods:

The Good Life Review will read and publish quarterly, with contest dates and deadlines posted separately:

June 1 – July 31 (Autumn Issue)
September 1 – October 31 (Winter Issue)
December 1 – January 31 (Spring Issue)
March 1 – April 30 (Summer Issue)