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Carolyn Kuebler is the editor of New England Review, where she works with authors at all stages of their careers. Before coming to NER as managing editor in 2004, she was an associate editor at Library Journal and founding editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books. Carolyn has published dozens of book reviews, small-press profiles, and author interviews in publications such as Publishers Weekly, Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi, and City Pages. Her fiction and essays have been published in The Massachusetts Review, The Common, Copper Nickel, The Literary, Review, and others. She lives in Vermont.


We publish poetry and fiction in a variety of shapes and styles—some renovating old forms and others inventing new forms altogether—alongside a range of nonfiction, including personal and lyric essays, cultural revaluations, travelogues, and more. We're also interested in short plays that work well on the page and translations in all genres. Word limit for prose is a generous 20,000 words, though most of what we publish is less than 10,000 words, including the occasional flash fiction or nonfiction piece. We are committed to publishing emerging writers and writers of every nationality, race, religion, and gender, including writers who have never been affiliated with an MFA program and whose perspectives are often underrepresented in the literary world.


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Specializes In

FICTION: We are looking for short stories, short shorts, novellas, and translations.

POETRY: We publish long and short poems, including translations. We usually publish 1-3 poems per author in an issue.

NONFICTION: We publish a broad range of nonfiction, including interpretive and personal essays, critical reassessments, cultural criticism (art, film, etc.), travel writing, environmental writing, and works in translation.

DRAMATIC WRITING: We are looking for short plays, monologues, and screenplays, up to 5,000 words. Please consider that the work must read well on the page.

NER is on the lookout at all times for writing that rewards the reader for spending time with it. Our editors are impressed by work that’s attentive to craft without drawing attention to it, that takes risks whether noisy or quiet, and that’s serious in its purpose even when its leading edge is humor. We believe that writing is an art form that is under constant revision, renovation, and innovation. New England Review is truly dedicated to discovering significant new voices and to giving them a place in the broader literary discussion that happens all around us and in every issue of our journal.