Welcome to the Good Life! 

The Good Life Review is a quarterly online literary journal committed to exploring the overlooked. Based out of Omaha, Nebraska—astride the oft unnoticed—we recognize that there are a myriad of voices that call the regions surrounding us home. Our mission is to lift up the strange, the daring, and the underrepresented to reveal complexities hidden in our heartland and beyond.

Submissions are currently closed but will open again December 1st, 2020.

  • Simultaneous submissions will be accepted as long as we are promptly made aware that the work you have submitted has been accepted elsewhere. Please withdraw through Submittable. To withdraw individual poems or flash pieces, please email your request to editors@thegoodlifereview.com.
  • Your submission title/file name and contents should not include any personal identification details. Please use the cover letter field to include a brief bio and contact preferences. 
  • The Good Life Review acquires First North American Serial Rights and the right to maintain an archive copy of accepted work online. All other rights revert to our authors upon publication, and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgment to The Good Life Review is made.
  • We will respond to all submitted work. Please allow up to 14 weeks for a response.
  • We will not publish work that seems offensive to us or which exhibits hatred directed towards a particular gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual identity, socioeconomic class, or other status, regardless of whether it is protected by law. In other words—if you are an asshole, we don't want your writing or your three dollars. 
  • If you have work that doesn’t fit neatly into our categories, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see it. Choose the most appropriate genre and we’ll figure it out.
  • Work must be original and previously unpublished. Give us your very best!

For Poetry: We are interested in work that pushes boundaries, both in content and form, especially language that moves us. Poems should emanate from textured, evocative images, use language with an awareness of how words sound and mean, and have a definite sense of voice. Each line should help carry the poem from first line to last. We are open to your experimentations and are especially interested in work that is speculative, narrative, surreal, fragmented, and lyrical. We also welcome prose poetry and strongly encourage underrepresented voices. Whatever shape it takes, we want exciting work that thinks through or challenges poetic traditions. In other words, The Good Life Review wants your excellent writing—period. Send us what you got!

  • We consider original, previously unpublished poems. There is no length limit on individual poems, but please send no more than six poems per submission and no more than 10 pages in total.
  • Poems should be typed with at least one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman. Please indicate a page break if a poem continues onto the next page.

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For Nonfiction: Send us your most polished work. We want to read essays that wake us up in the morning—ones that get our minds working and hearts thumping. We want prose that is artful and clever with voices that are clear and cadent. Whether traditional or experimental, structure and form should enhance the content of a story that is both universal and painfully specific. Fresh perspectives, especially ones we may not have considered before, are welcomed and encouraged. We want what you’ve got, and we’re eager to get reading.

  • We consider original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction. Essays should not exceed 5,000 words. Excerpts from memoirs may be considered but should be self-contained.
  • Essays should be typed, double-spaced and paginated with one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman.
  • For pieces under 1,000 words, please see our flash nonfiction guidelines below.

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For Flash Nonfiction: We want every word to pull its weight; every sentence tells a story. We want flash that moves, that transforms and twists on the page. Characters that run their fingers through your hair and yank at the roots, yelling at you to look, feel, believe. A voice that lifts us up and carries us past the last line. In short, send us your best work and we promise to handle it with care.

  • We consider previously unpublished flash nonfiction of 1,000 words or fewer.
  • Pieces should be typed, double-spaced and paginated with one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman.
  • Include no more than three pieces in a single text file.

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For Translations, Collaborations, and Cross-Genre work: Here at The Good Life Review we recognize that life is complicated and part of the joy of being an artist is freedom to explore outside the lines. If you have writing that doesn't fit neatly into a single genre category, or was written by more than one person, or was written in a different language, you might find a good home for your work with us! We currently have two translators on staff and the languages we support are Spanish and French.

  • We consider original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Please indicate on the submission form which is the most appropriate genre.
  • All work must be typed. Essays and stories should be double-spaced and paginated with one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman. Poems should be presented in the form/format that the authors wish to have it appear in the publication.
  • Please submit only once during a given reading period and do not include personal identifiable information in the name or content of the submitted file.

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  • Consideramos ficción, poesía, flash y escritura de guiones creativa original, e inédita. Indique en el formulario de envío cuál es el género más apropiado.
  • Todo el trabajo debe ser mecanografiado. Los ensayos y las historias deben estar a doble espacio y paginados con márgenes de una pulgada y una fuente serif de 12 puntos, preferiblemente Times New Roman. Los poemas deberán presentarse en la forma / formato que los autores desean que aparezca en la publicación.
  • Envíe solo una vez durante un período de lectura determinado y no incluya información de identificación personal en el nombre o el contenido del archivo enviado.

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  • Nous considérons, des ouvrages précédemment non publiés de non-fiction, fiction, poésie, Micronouvelles et scénarisation. Nous vous prions d'indiquer sur vos soumissions le genre qui vous semble le plus approprié.
  • Tout ouvrage doit être rédigé sur un ordinateur. Les essaies et histoires devraient être double-interligne et paginé avec une marge d'un pouce et une police de caractère avec empattement de taille 12, préférablement en Times New Roman. Les poèmes devraient être présentés dans la forme/format dans lequel l'auteur souhaite l'exposer dans la publication.
  • Nous vous prions de ne soumettre qu'une oeuvre à la fois et de ne pas inclure d'informations personnelles permettant de vous identifier dans le nom ou contenu du fichier soumis.

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The submission form requires a single first and last name. For collaborative projects, please include the name and info for all persons who should be credited for their contribution in the artist statement space. Thanks!

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For all submissions: Please ensure that all personal identifiable information (such as author name) is removed from the attached document and not included in the submission title.



 

For Fiction: We want to read writing that is polished, confident, and well-developed. We want stories that are engaging from the first word to the last. Experimental fiction is welcomed.

  • We consider original, previously unpublished stories up to 5000 words (if it’s a little more, we will keep reading, but the story has to earn it).
  • Stories should be typed, double-spaced and paginated with one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman.
  • For pieces under 1,000 words, please see flash guidelines below.

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For Flash Fiction: We want every word to pull its weight; every sentence tells a story. We want flash that moves, that transforms and twists on the page. Characters that run their fingers through your hair and yank at the roots, yelling at you to look, feel, believe. A voice that lifts us up and carries us past the last line. In short, send us your best work and we promise to handle it with care.

  • We consider previously unpublished flash fiction of 1,000 words or fewer.
  • Pieces should be typed, double-spaced and paginated with one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman.
  • Include no more than three pieces in a single text file.

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For Stage&Screen: Not every script has to be produced! Theater and film are long trodden forms and we want to see what divergent paths you’re making. For stage/screenplays, all genres and topics will be considered. Beyond keeping the audience merely engaged moment to moment, we are seeking works that push societal boundaries and stimulate the senses. From the opening line show us the exuberant, binding, heartbreaking, touching, thought provoking, moving, or whatever journeys your characters make. Send us the stories that only you can tell.

Guidelines for Stage Plays:

  • Only 10-Minute plays and One Acts up to 30 pages in length will be considered.
  • Paginate each script.
  • Please include a cover page with no identifying information as well as character breakdown list and staging instructions.
  • Though cross-genre is encouraged, please ensure each script is formatted for performance: An example can be found here.
  • Scripts diverging from standard playscript formats will not be considered. 

Guidelines for Screenplays:

  • Only short films and television scripts/pilots up to 30 pages will be considered.
  • Paginate each script.
  • Please include a cover page with title and no identifying information.
  • Though cross-genre is encouraged, please ensure each script is formatted to be produced. An example can be found here.
  • Scripts diverging from standard screenplay formatting will not be considered. 

-------------------------

For all submissions: Please ensure that all personal identifiable information (such as author name) is removed from the attached document and not included in the submission title.


 

For Fiction: We want to read writing that is polished, confident, and well-developed. We want stories that are engaging from the first word to the last. Experimental fiction is welcomed.

  • We consider original, previously unpublished stories up to 5000 words (if it’s a little more, we will keep reading, but the story has to earn it).
  • Stories should be typed, double-spaced and paginated with one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman.
  • For pieces under 1,000 words, please see flash guidelines below.

------------------------- 

For Flash Fiction: We want every word to pull its weight; every sentence tells a story. We want flash that moves, that transforms and twists on the page. Characters that run their fingers through your hair and yank at the roots, yelling at you to look, feel, believe. A voice that lifts us up and carries us past the last line. In short, send us your best work and we promise to handle it with care.

  • We consider previously unpublished flash fiction of 1,000 words or fewer.
  • Pieces should be typed, double-spaced and paginated with one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman.
  • Include no more than three pieces in a single text file.

-------------------------

For Stage&Screen: Not every script has to be produced! Theater and film are long trodden forms and we want to see what divergent paths you’re making. For stage/screenplays, all genres and topics will be considered. Beyond keeping the audience merely engaged moment to moment, we are seeking works that push societal boundaries and stimulate the senses. From the opening line show us the exuberant, binding, heartbreaking, touching, thought provoking, moving, or whatever journeys your characters make. Send us the stories that only you can tell.

Guidelines for Stage Plays:

  • Only 10-Minute plays and One Acts up to 30 pages in length will be considered.
  • Paginate each script.
  • Please include a cover page with no identifying information as well as character breakdown list and staging instructions.
  • Though cross-genre is encouraged, please ensure each script is formatted for performance: An example can be found here.
  • Scripts diverging from standard playscript formats will not be considered. 

Guidelines for Screenplays:

  • Only short films and television scripts/pilots up to 30 pages will be considered.
  • Paginate each script.
  • Please include a cover page with title and no identifying information.
  • Though cross-genre is encouraged, please ensure each script is formatted to be produced. An example can be found here.
  • Scripts diverging from standard screenplay formatting will not be considered. 

-------------------------

For all submissions: Please ensure that all personal identifiable information (such as author name) is removed from the attached document and not included in the submission title.


 

For Poetry: We are interested in work that pushes boundaries, both in content and form, especially language that moves us. Poems should emanate from textured, evocative images, use language with an awareness of how words sound and mean, and have a definite sense of voice. Each line should help carry the poem from first line to last. We are open to your experimentations and are especially interested in work that is speculative, narrative, surreal, fragmented, and lyrical. We also welcome prose poetry and strongly encourage underrepresented voices. Whatever shape it takes, we want exciting work that thinks through or challenges poetic traditions. In other words, The Good Life Review wants your excellent writing—period. Send us what you got!

  • We consider original, previously unpublished poems. There is no length limit on individual poems, but please send no more than six poems per submission and no more than 10 pages in total.
  • Poems should be typed with at least one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman. Please indicate a page break if a poem continues onto the next page.

 -------------------------
For Nonfiction: Send us your most polished work. We want to read essays that wake us up in the morning—ones that get our minds working and hearts thumping. We want prose that is artful and clever with voices that are clear and cadent. Whether traditional or experimental, structure and form should enhance the content of a story that is both universal and painfully specific. Fresh perspectives, especially ones we may not have considered before, are welcomed and encouraged. We want what you’ve got, and we’re eager to get reading.

  • We consider original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction. Essays should not exceed 5,000 words. Excerpts from memoirs may be considered but should be self-contained.
  • Essays should be typed, double-spaced and paginated with one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman.
  • For pieces under 1,000 words, please see our flash nonfiction guidelines below.

-------------------------

For Flash Nonfiction: We want every word to pull its weight; every sentence tells a story. We want flash that moves, that transforms and twists on the page. Characters that run their fingers through your hair and yank at the roots, yelling at you to look, feel, believe. A voice that lifts us up and carries us past the last line. In short, send us your best work and we promise to handle it with care.

  • We consider previously unpublished flash nonfiction of 1,000 words or fewer.
  • Pieces should be typed, double-spaced and paginated with one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman.
  • Include no more than three pieces in a single text file.

-------------------------

For Translations, Collaborations, and Cross-Genre work: Here at The Good Life Review we recognize that life is complicated and part of the joy of being an artist is freedom to explore outside the lines. If you have writing that doesn't fit neatly into a single genre category, or was written by more than one person, or was written in a different language, you might find a good home for your work with us! We currently have two translators on staff and the languages we support are Spanish and French.

  • We consider original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Please indicate on the submission form which is the most appropriate genre.
  • All work must be typed. Essays and stories should be double-spaced and paginated with one-inch margins and a 12 point serif font, preferably Times New Roman. Poems should be presented in the form/format that the authors wish to have it appear in the publication.
  • Please submit only once during a given reading period and do not include personal identifiable information in the name or content of the submitted file.

--------

  • Consideramos ficción, poesía, flash y escritura de guiones creativa original, e inédita. Indique en el formulario de envío cuál es el género más apropiado.
  • Todo el trabajo debe ser mecanografiado. Los ensayos y las historias deben estar a doble espacio y paginados con márgenes de una pulgada y una fuente serif de 12 puntos, preferiblemente Times New Roman. Los poemas deberán presentarse en la forma / formato que los autores desean que aparezca en la publicación.
  • Envíe solo una vez durante un período de lectura determinado y no incluya información de identificación personal en el nombre o el contenido del archivo enviado.

--------

  • Nous considérons, des ouvrages précédemment non publiés de non-fiction, fiction, poésie, Micronouvelles et scénarisation. Nous vous prions d'indiquer sur vos soumissions le genre qui vous semble le plus approprié.
  • Tout ouvrage doit être rédigé sur un ordinateur. Les essaies et histoires devraient être double-interligne et paginé avec une marge d'un pouce et une police de caractère avec empattement de taille 12, préférablement en Times New Roman. Les poèmes devraient être présentés dans la forme/format dans lequel l'auteur souhaite l'exposer dans la publication.
  • Nous vous prions de ne soumettre qu'une oeuvre à la fois et de ne pas inclure d'informations personnelles permettant de vous identifier dans le nom ou contenu du fichier soumis.

---------

The submission form requires a single first and last name. For collaborative projects, please include the name and info for all persons who should be credited for their contribution in the artist statement space. Thanks!

---------

For all submissions: Please ensure that all personal identifiable information (such as author name) is removed from the attached document and not included in the submission title.



 

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