Publishing Cycle & General Information


Sentinel Literary Quarterly is currently published on 31st January, 30th April, 31st July, and 31st October. The magazine appears in print, online and eBook formats. We now publish all accepted work online and in print. Due to the nature of the SLQ as a read at no cost magazine, we publish a limited number of copies and then print on demand. If you are intending to submit your work to SLQ, please bear in mind that we do not offer free contributor copies. Contributors may receive the eBook (pdf) if they so desire.


General Submissions Guidelines



December 31st for January 31st publication.

March 31st for April 30th publication.

June 30th for July 31 publication.

September 30th for October 31st Publication.


Please note that if you submit your work within the window for a particular quarter and we like your work but may not be able to use it that quarter, we will write to let you know when your work will get published.


Poems: Submit up to 6 poems on any subject of 60 lines or less, or a long poem up to 200 lines plus 2 shorter poems. We generally like to see a range of poems from a poet to help us choose the very best from that author.


Fiction: Submit Short Stories, or Excerpts from Novels on any subject or theme up to 5000 words long. It is probably best to keep your story around the 3000 word mark. However a story needs to be as long or as short as it needs to be. If it has to get to 5000 words, so be it, but not a word more.


Essays: May be up to 10,000 words long.


Plays: Short plays or excerpts from longer plays no longer than 6,000 words. Plays may be on any subject.


Reviews and Interviews: These may be up to 3000 words long.


All materials submitted must be in English Language. We encourage poems written in other languages as long as they are sent together with appropriate translations.


The name of the author as he/she would like to be credited must appear on the materials.


Please send a photograph of yourself in Jpeg format to go on your page.



Copyright: Remains with the authors at all times.


Simultaneous Submissions: We discourage simultaneous submissions. The turnaround time is 8 weeks. Hopefully that is not too long for you.


Previously Published Work:


We discourage submissions of previously published work. If we feel strongly about a previously published work we may solicit it. If your work has been published elsewhere and you feel it has not been given the exposure it deserves, and you feel strongly about it, by all means submit it, but please mention where and when it was first published.


Payment: Sentinel Literary Quarterly does not currently pay authors any money for work accepted and published. The contents of this magazine is available to read at no cost online. We however are able to provide hard copies to those who want them from a limited print run of the magazine. We do not offer free contributor’s copies. Those wishing to own a hard copy or to give this magazine as a gift (including contributors) may order them.


Important: Please submit only materials that are your original work. Bear in mind that Sentinel Literary Quarterly is a magazine and not a blog or discussion forum. Therefore the form and content of any work published in the magazine is final and any aspect of the work, or its authorship, may not be modified after publication. We may alter the content of your work if requested only if the work has been published online. Requests for modification of content, authorship or deletion will not be entertained.


Featured Country


From time to time we will have a section called Featured Country in which we will present a supplement on that country’s literature. If you would like to submit your work specifically for the Featured Country Supplement, please indicate that in your submission. For instance if you are submitting to the issue that will have Argentina as a featured country, in your submission subject, type: ‘Poetry Submission (Argentina Supplement)’ To be included in the Supplement, your poem, essay, short story, or interview will have relevance to the featured country. If we will feature a country in any quarterly we will make a call for submissions on this page.


Submissions by e-mail only


Send all Poems and Poetry Reviews to Mandy Pannett  


Send all Short Stories, all other book reviews, essays, plays, and interviews to Nnorom Azuonye


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