Magazine Name: The Cincinnati Review
Editors Name: Don Bogen (Poetry Editor), Michael Griffith (Fiction Editor), Nicola Mason (Managing Editor)
Print publication?: Yes
Mailing Address:: The Cincinnati Review P.O. Box 210069 Cincinnati, OH 45221-0069
Circulation: 1000
Submission Guidelines URL:
Approx. Response Time?: six weeks to four months
How often do you publish?: semiannually
Year Founded?: 2003
Do you take online submissions?: Yes
Information about your publication: The Cincinnati Review draws together within its pages the finest creative and critical work from across the country. We provide a venue for writers of any background, at any point in their literary careers, to showcase their best writing. Each issue also features a portfolio of artwork from a local or national artist.
What type of submissions are you looking for?: Don Bogen, Poetry Editor: The Cincinnati Review is quite eclectic in its approach and accepts poems of all sorts, so there’s no real “type” of poem I could say I look for. All kinds of poems interest us in different ways. When I’m reading for the magazine, I like to consider what a poem is asking of me in its own terms and judge it on the basis of both that aim, if you will, and how well it achieves that aim. Clearly, we’re interested in a certain boldness in new work, a certain energy. But that energy can come across in many ways: a fresh subject, but also a fresh look at a traditional subject, or a fresh take on conventions of style or voice. On one level or another, all the poems we accept have surprised me–sometimes flamboyantly, sometimes more subtly; they did something I didn’t expect, and did it with craft and imagination.? Michael Griffith, Fiction Editor: John Updike once said of Vladimir Nabokov: “Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically.” That’s the kind of fiction I’m looking to publish in The Cincinnati Review. I know what you’re thinking: “Write like Nabokov,” not very helpful as far as helpful hints go. But what I mean is I’m looking for work that has energy, that has complication (which is different than obfuscation or confusion); I’m looking for work that, whether it’s realistic or surrealistic, is rich in language and plot and structure. Work that stands out. Work that’s not just ecstatic, but that makes its reader feel ecstatic, too.