Soundings East, the literary journal of Salem State University, is published annually with support from the Center  for Creative and Performing Arts. Founded in 1973, the journal is among the oldest in the country to publish quality poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The magazine is edited  by upper-level creative writing students under the aegis of an Advisory Editor  from the writing faculty. 

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 to February 15; we'll do our best to respond within three months. Contributors will receive two copies of Soundings East Vol. 42. Upon publication, all rights revert to authors.

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Claire Keyes Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East will be given annually for a group of previously unpublished poems. Submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry poems (no more than one poem per page) with a $10/$15/$20 entry fee by by February 15, 2021.  Final Judge: Afaa Michael Weaver

$10= entry fee only

$15=entry fee and copy of the magazine for US addresses

$20=entry fee and copy of the magazine for international addresses

 We welcome submissions of previously-unpublished creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words.  

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 We welcome submissions of previously unpublished fiction up to 5,000 words.   


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Please submit up to five previously unpublished poems of any style. 

Salem State University Soundings East