Porter House Review is an online literary journal produced in conjunction with Texas State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing.

Inspired by the legacy of Katherine Anne Porter, the journal seeks to publish bold and incisive writing that interrogates not only the complexities of the human experience, but also the prevailing social challenges of our time. In support of this mission, we seek unique perspectives from both established, award-winning authors, as well as emerging and underrepresented voices from around the world. We celebrate a wide range of literary forms and styles. We are committed to paying a competitive rate for all published work.


Our Advisory Board includes: Jamel Brinkley, Charles D'Ambrosio, Erica Dawson, Ben Fountain, Cristina García, Carmen Maria Machado, Tomás Q. Morín, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tim O'Brien, Luis Javier Rodriguez, Karen Russell, and Evie Shockley

Editor’s Prize in Fiction: $1,000

Judged by Carmen Maria Machado

The winner of the second annual Porter House Review Editor's Prize in Fiction will receive $1,000 and publication. All submitted works will be considered for publication. Porter House Review is dedicated to paying all of our featured writers a competitive rate for accepted works.     

Our review seeks to publish fiction that is emotionally affecting, haunting, bizarre, and in firm control of the machinations of storytelling (e.g. character, scene, plot, and momentum). We welcome both traditional short stories, flash fiction, and other hybrid forms.

To submit, please follow these guidelines:

  • Limit your submissions to 8,000 words or less (per $10.00 reading fee).
  • Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, paginated. 
  • All entries will be read blind. Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript. (Texas State University students, alumni, and faculty members are not eligible.)
  • All work must be submitted through our Submittable portal. We do not accept paper or emailed submissions.
  • Please send work that is previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please immediately withdraw from our contest if you place your work elsewhere.

Editor’s Prize in Fiction: $750

Judged by Leslie Jamison 

The winner of the second annual Porter House Review Editor's Prize in Nonfiction will receive $750 and publication. All submitted works will be considered for publication. Porter House Review is dedicated to paying all of our featured writers a competitive rate for accepted works.     

Our review seeks nonfiction that involves discovery for the reader and the writer, work that creates a dynamic of mutual construction through literary dialogue. Personal essays, creative nonfiction flash, memoir, and literary reportage are all welcome.

To submit, please follow these guidelines:

  • Limit your submissions to 8,000 words or less (per $10.00 reading fee).
  • Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, paginated. 
  • All entries will be read blind. Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript. (Texas State University students, alumni, and faculty members are not eligible.)
  • All work must be submitted through our Submittable portal. We do not accept paper or emailed submissions.
  • Please send work that is previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please immediately withdraw from our contest if you place your work elsewhere.

Editor’s Prize in Poetry: $500

Judged by Ada Limón

The winner of the second annual Porter House Review Editor's Prize in Poetry will receive $500 and publication. All submitted works will be considered for publication. Porter House Review is dedicated to paying all of our featured writers a competitive rate for accepted works.     

We seek poetic works that capture experience by reinvigorating the language of the everyday, or surprising readers with novel, rarefied text. We are particularly interested in poetry that champions inventive forms and content.

To submit, please follow these guidelines:

  • Submit a maximum of 5 pages or less (per $10.00 reading fee).
  • All entries will be read blind. Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript. (Texas State University students, alumni, and faculty members are not eligible.)
  • All work must be submitted through our Submittable portal. We do not accept paper or emailed submissions.
  • All submitted work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous  submissions are accepted, but please immediately withdraw from our contest if you place your work elsewhere.

Editor’s Prize in Visual Art: $200

Judged by Meg Lionel Murphy

The winner of the second annual Porter House Review Editor's Prize in Art will receive $200 and publication. All submitted works will be considered for publication. Porter House Review is dedicated to paying all of our featured artists a competitive rate for accepted works. 

In the past, Porter House Review has built a digital portfolio of artwork to accompany its written content. For this years Editor's Prize, we are hoping to continue to build a repository of artwork from a pool of talented artists from which we will regularly choose pieces to pair with written work. This time around, we are looking for visual artists to meet specific contest requirements: (1) submit artwork based on a theme, and (2) submit a collected series of artwork in which all pieces are connected. 

Here is the theme for Porter House Review’s second annual Editor's Prize:

i·den·ti·ty

/ˌīˈden(t)ədē/

noun

1. Please define. 

Artists are free to submit work based on their own interpretations of the theme but will be asked to justify how the work is representative of identity. Over the past year, our aesthetic has ranged from expressionistic to naturalistic to experimental styles, but with a primary focus on artwork that reproduces well online. If your work is chosen for publication, we ask that you grant us the right to post your artwork on our website, as well as social media promotions.

To submit, please include the following:

  • 3–6 pieces of a connected series of work (as JPEGs) or a PDF of selected portfolio pieces.
  • A 100-word artist’s statement (written in third person) about the work, including a rationale for how this work relates to the contest theme and defines identity.      
  • A 50-word artist bio.
  • A link to your website and/or social media handles.

Please upload 72dpi JPEGs, sized at a maximum of 1200 pixels on the longest side. Label the images: 01_LastNameFirstName.jpg. (number dependent on number of images submitted). Landscape format works best. If you’re submitting a painted/mixed media piece, please crop the image to the canvas as best as possible with indirect or natural lighting to avoid glare.

The work will be published in the journal as either a standalone exhibit or paired with written publications. 

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We publish nonfiction that involves discovery for the reader and the writer, creating a dynamic of mutual construction through literary dialogue. Personal essays, creative nonfiction flash, memoir, and literary reportage are all welcome.

To submit to our nonfiction category, please follow these guidelines:

  • Limit your submissions to 8,000 words or less (per $3.00 reading fee).
  • Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, paginated. 
  • Include your name, mailing address, and email address on the first page of your manuscript.
  • Please do not submit work that has been previously published.
  • All work must be submitted through our Submittable portal. We cannot accept paper or emailed submissions.

All submitted works will be considered for publication. Porter House Review is dedicated to paying all of our featured writers for accepted works.     

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