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Information about Soundings East

Soundings East is the annual literary journal of Salem State University, published with support from the Center for Creative and Performing Arts. Founded in 1973, the journal is edited by graduate and upper-level undergraduate 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.


Editorial Staff

Managing Editor: Cathy Fahey

Assistant Managing Editor: Caterina Gentile

Fiction Editor: Patricia Callan

Assistant Fiction Editor: Connor Perry

Nonfiction Editor: Tom Laaser

Poetry Editors: Cathy Fahey, Gregory Glenn

Faculty Advisor: J.D. Scrimgeour

Submission Guidelines

We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors label them as such, and contact us immediately if they are accepted elsewhere. Our reading period is September 1, 2017 to February 15, 2018; we'll do our best to respond within three months. Contributors will receive two copies of Soundings East Vol. 40. Upon publication, all rights revert to authors.

For all categories, please only submit once per reading period.

Please submit your work electronically using Submittable.


If you wish to submit hard-copy please send your work and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Soundings East

English Department - MH 249

Salem State University

352 Lafayette Street

Salem, MA 01970

Categories of Submissions Considered

Creative Nonfiction: Previously unpublished creative nonfiction works of up to 10,000 words.


Fiction: Previously unpublished fiction works of up to 10,000 words.


Poetry: Please submit up to five previously unpublished poems in a single file.  Poetry submissions are reviewed blind.


Special Section, Micro Awesome: We are seeking submissions for  a special section  of flash fiction, flash nonfiction and prose poetry that encapsulates the idea of micro awesome. Send us your best paragraph (up to 500 words).

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