The Gettysburg Review, published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. Since its debut in 1988, work by such luminaries as E. L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, James Tate, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wilbur, and Donald Hall has appeared alongside that of emerging artists such as JM Holmes, Lydia Conklin, Jessica Hollander, Emily Nemens, Charles Yu, and Ashley Wurzbacher, who was recently named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree.
More than one-hundred short stories, poems, and essays first published in the Gettysburg Review have been reprinted in the various prize anthologies—The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, The Best American Poetry, Essays, Mystery Stories, Travel Writing, and Short Stories, New Stories from the South, as well as Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards—or have reappeared in such esteemed publications as Harper’s. In addition, the Gettysburg Review’s editing, design, and graphics have earned numerous prizes, including a Best New Journal award and four Best Journal Design awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and a PEN/Nora Magid Award for Excellence in Editing.
In 2016, Peter Stitt, founding editor, retired as editor-in-chief and Mark Drew took his place. The editors of the Gettysburg Review express their deep commitment to the arts and humanities by publishing the very best contemporary poetry, fiction, essays, essay-reviews, and art in issues as physically beautiful as they are intellectually and emotionally stimulating. Our most important criterion is high literary quality; we look for writers who can shape language in thoughtful, surprising, and beautiful ways and who have something unique to say, whatever the subject matter or aesthetic approach.
We have very eclectic tastes, but are highly selective, publishing only one percent of manuscripts submitted to us annually. Authors wishing to submit their work to the Gettysburg Review should go to the Submit page and familiarize themselves with our guidelines. We invite you to share in and support our endeavor by submitting to, reading, and, most importantly, subscribing to the Gettysburg Review. With its award-winning editing, writing, and design, the Gettysburg Review is, as one reader put it, “Pure delight, every time.”
The Gettysburg Review and Gettysburg College are on unceded, Indigenous land including the traditional homelands of the Susquehannock/Conestoga, Seneca and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Leni Lenape, and Shawnee Nations, and the connections of Indigenous peoples to this land continue today. We have a responsibility to honor these connections, and we strive to understand our place within the past, present, and future of this Indigenous land by reflecting on our relationships with the human and other-than-human relatives with whom it is shared.