Submissions to Mascara Literary Review are by e-mail. Our editors work on a voluntary basis. We only consider previously unpublished work, ie first serial rights, electronic and print. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we are notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions are closed currently. During open submission periods the following format is required:

For poetry, please send 3-5 poems and a short bio in a single Microsoft Word doc as an attachment, labelled with your name to

For fiction, submit 1 short story up to 3500 words, or for flash fiction send no more than 1000 words in a single Microsoft Word doc as an attachment, labelled with your name.  Due to the high volume of submissions that we receive each week we are only able to notify successful contributors of their outcome.

Essays, Reviews and Translations will be considered at all times.  Our preferred length is 900-1500 words for reviews and up to 5000 words for essays. Please note that essays must be typeset in Times New Roman 12 point and you must use endnotes, not footnotes for citation. Please use in-text Arabic numerals not Roman numerals; we discourage digressive and explanatory notes. We use the MLA Citation Style for acknowledging sources and references. We are a peer-reviewed journal. We assume no responsibility for the opinions of contributors. Contributors hold copyright of their work as it appears in this journal. and no part of which may be reproduced without permission.

Formatting must be in 12 point Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced. Please identify your attachment by surname. You need to write the word fiction, poetry, review or translation in the subject title of your e-mail. Our response time is 3-6 months. Please do not query before 3 months.
your work to creative submissions[at]mascarareview[dot]com
Send your review pitches to reviews[at]mascarareview[dot]com

Covid19 Policy: Book Reviews:

Our Covid-safe policy for correspondence with publishers is as follows:

During the pandemic we are asking publishers to help us by sending electronic copies of their books for review as well as a publicity image for social media. We will commission reviews on social media and by email to our cohort of reviewers. Our reviewers include specialist readers, early career researchers, academics and book lovers. Once we commission a review we will write to ask publishers to post books directly to reviewers. This will minimise unnecessary social movement and assist the industry with postage costs. We look forward to working with publishers electronically in creative co-supportive ways.

Payment is applicable to Australian writers: (Note: due to recent funding cuts we may not be able to pay writers for creative content. Australian reviewers and translators will continue to receive payment if their work is published in the magazine.)

Poems: $100
Fiction: $150
Reviews: $150
Translations: $100, two poems or prose

We encourage you to read at least one or two issues of the journal before submitting your work.


We are unable to give detailed feedback on your work but manuscript appraisals may be applied for. There is a  fee of $500 for 3000 words or for 3 poems.

Issue 25 closed: Covid Contingencies

We are currently in crisis due to arts funding being seriously compromised, as well as our other resources being strained because of the overall impacts of Covid19.


We’ll be calling for flash fiction to 1000 words between  Oct 1 to Oct 30, 2020! Send us your luscious vignettes, political cameos and adventurous shorts.