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. 40. Upon publication, all rights revert to authors.
Ends on February 15, 2018
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).
Ends on February 15, 2018$10.00
Claire Keyes Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East will be given annually for a group of previously unpublished poems.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 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Soundings East, by February 15, 2018.  Final Judge TBA. 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 online below or submit to Salem State University, Claire Keyes Poetry Award, Soundings East, English Dept., 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970. J.D. Scrimgeour, Advisory Editor,

Ends on February 15, 2018
Previously unpublished creative nonfiction submissions of up to 10,000 words are welcomed.
Ends on February 15, 2018

We welcome submissions of previously-unpublished fiction up to 10,000 words.


Ends on February 15, 2018
Please submit up to five previously unpublished poems of any style.  Poetry submissions are reviewed blind.