The VIDA Review is an online literary magazine publishing original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, and interviews. 

We are exclusively interested in work by those often marginalized in literary spaces, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); cis and trans women, agender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, nonbinary, and two-spirit people; LGBQIA+ people; people with disabilities; and people living at the intersections of these identities.

All pieces should be original, and previously unpublished in any format in English.

Please send one submission at a time, and please submit only once every 6 months.

We are open to simultaneous submissions, so long as you label them as such and promptly let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere. 

Please note that all submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter and brief third-person biography statement, and that (unless otherwise stated) we ask for First North American Rights to publish writing. Following publication, all rights revert back to the writer; we only ask that you credit the VIDA Review as the place your work first appeared.

Payment for those accepted will range between $40. We recognize that this is a token amount of money but hope to increase this amount in the future. Payment will be made via PayPal within 2 weeks of publication.

POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR THE VIDA REVIEW ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED AS WE CATCH UP WITH OUR BACKLOG. WE'LL REOPEN SUBMISSIONS NOVEMBER 1, 2021.

  • Up to 6,000 words (but if your work is a bit longer, feel free to send it)
  • Double-spaced
  • Include contact information on first page of submission
  • Include word count at top of first page
  • Provide a cover letter in the "Cover Letter" section, a brief third-person biography, and any content warnings you think might be needed to protect our amazing & brilliant volunteers. VIDA will not publish a content warning on accepted pieces unless the author requests it.
  • Up to 6,000 words (but if your work is a bit longer, feel free to send it)
  • Double-spaced
  • Include contact information on first page of submission
  • Include word count at top of first page
  • Provide a cover letter in the "Cover Letter" section, a brief third-person biography, and any content warnings you think might be needed to protect our amazing & brilliant volunteers. VIDA will not publish a content warning on accepted pieces unless the author requests it.
  • Must be a review for a full-length or chapbook of poetry or prose by a writer from a historically-marginalized community
  • Must be published by small or independent presses
  • Must have been published within the last five years
  • Do not send us a review of your own book
  • Include publisher, price, and page number, as well as the word count of the review at the top of your submission
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know and withdraw your submission if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • No self-published titles are accepted
  • Reviews should be double-spaced and be no more than 1,200 words
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