Soundings East

Three different copies of Soundings East sit on top of one another, in varying colors to display several issues.

Soundings East is the literary journal of Salem State University, published annually with support from the Center for Creative and Performing Arts. Founded in 1973, the journal is edited by upper-level creative students under the aegis of an advisory editor from the writing faculty. Soundings East is dedicated to publishing high-quality poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. The magazine is distributed nationally, with recent press runs of 750 copies.

Submission Guidelines  

Submissions for Volume 38 will be read between September 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016. We will respond within two months. Prose submissions (fiction and non-fiction) should not exceed 10,000 words. Poetry of any style is welcomed; please limit prose submission to two pieces and poetry to five poems. Include a brief bio. All publication rights revert to authors.

Electronic submissions are accepted via Submittable. Please do not use the email shown below for submissions.

Hard copy submissions should be sent to:

Soundings East
English Department - MH249
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970

Claire Keyes Poetry Prize

Submissions now being accepted

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East will be given annually for a group of poems. Submit 8 to 10 pages of poems (no more than one poem per page) with a a $10 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Soundings East, by March 1. Submissions should include a cover page with the author's name and contact info (address, phone, email) and the titles of all the poems submitted. The poems themselves should not have the author's name on them. Submissions may be made via Submittable or sent to the address shown above, marked Claire Keyes Poetry Award. 

2015 National Book Award finalist Ross Gay will be judging this year's award.

General inquiries and questions may be directed to: soundingseast@salemstate.edu