Submissions Guidelines

The Milton Review Love & Sex "As flesh to mix with flesh" Submissions Open December 1. Fiction Poetry Non-Fiction Pettiness

For the Love & Sex Issue, we're looking for writing that fucks. 

We don't mean writing that has fucking in it--we mean "fucks" in the famous "found under carnal knowledge" sense of public fornication charges. In the age of PornHub and RedTube, what desire remains forbidden? Transgressive? Scandalous? What love transcends our understanding of reality--biological, chemical, social, or spiritual?   

Send us your stories about amoebas in love, your poems about queer angel sex, your essays about desire after capitalism.  Or just kvetch about the petty Tinder date who stuck you with a $200 check.  We're here for it. 

NOTE: We're not interested in reading pornography or work that endorses pedophilia, misogyny, sexual abuse, or rape. Use your best judgment. 

The Milton Review puts out two themed issues every year. We accept submissions of poetry, fiction, polemics (socially minded non-fiction), and pettiness, as well as visual art. We do not accept previously published work. We accept simultaneous submissions, but simply ask that you inform us if your work is published elsewhere. 

The Milton Review does not tolerate any racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other forms of discrimination. 

While we accept and welcome submissions from writers of any nationality, race, sexual orientation, or class, we prioritize submissions from BIPOC, LGBTQ, working class, and disabled authors, as well as writers from cultures and nations currently or formerly colonized by the British Empire. This includes Palestine and writers from the Palestinian diaspora.

We do not accept poetry, prose, or art created by AI programs. 

Publication Agreement

By submitting your work(s), you are agreeing to the outlined terms:

I, the undersigned author, confirm that the work(s) submitted to The Milton Review is original, of my composition, and as of this date unpublished in any format including book, journal, magazine, website, or social media.

I grant The Milton Review first-world electronic rights to publish the work(s) online in a digital or audio format. I grant permission for the work(s) to remain indefinitely on The Milton Review's website, social media and any other digital archive The Milton Review might use.    

I grant The Milton Review the right to use my work in promotional materials including but not limited to print and digital ads, bookmarks, posters, flyers, business cards, email blasts, etc. 

I acknowledge that The Milton Review gives permission for the issue containing my work(s) to be freely distributed for educational purposes and printed by individuals. 

I acknowledge that The Milton Review does not monetarily compensate contributors for their work(s). I agree to any and all editorial alterations and abridgments including, but not limited to, re-formatting, grammatical correction, and cropping.

I grant The Milton Review the non-exclusive anthology rights to my work(s) and understand that the work(s) might be selected for a Milton Review print anthology and/or a Milton Review audio anthology. I grant The Milton Review permission to nominate my work(s) for literary and arts prizes and awards, and I understand that such possible nominations may result in my work(s) being published by awards committees and organizations and thus subject to their publication requirements, which are not established within this agreement. 

I agree that if my work(s) is published elsewhere after publication in The Milton Review, I will cite The Milton Review as the first publisher.



We allow submissions of up to three (3) separate poems per person totaling up to 8 pages.

 Acceptable file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf



Fiction submissions should be no more than 5,000 words 

 Acceptable file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf


Polemics (non-fiction)

Non-fiction submissions should be no more than 5,000 words 

 Acceptable file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf



All submissions will automatically be considered for pettiness, but if you believe your work to be particularly petty you may state so and we will take special notice. We will not accept any personal attacks on individuals.

Submissions should be no more than 5,000 words.

Acceptable file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf


Visual Art

Acceptable file types: .jpg, .png