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

Dissonance and Fissure | Show us how the world has shifted beneath our feet, or perhaps how we’ve been forced to see the world for what it really is. What’s warped or evolved? What door hinges have turned to threads? What lakes are really just sheets of ice? Be sharp. Look outward. Let the world humble you. Or: humble it right back.


The winner of the third annual Porter House Review Editor's Prize in Nonfiction 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.

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 6,000 words or less (per $10.00 reading fee).
  • Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated.
  • 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  • Please send work that is previously unpublished.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.
  • The early bird submission fee is valid from October 15 to October 21.

We're looking to publish reviews that are as voice-driven as they are incisive. Submissions should teach our readers as much about the minds composing them as they do about the text that is under consideration. While we primarily publish book reviews, we're also interested in literary interrogations of non-traditional material such as music, film, television, and comic books.

Reviews of newer books—received either before or within six months after the reviewed book's publication date—stand a higher chance of being accepted, but we're happy to consider writing about older material.

Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, paginated, and not exceed 2,000 words (though many of our reviews are shorter). Include your name, mailing address, and email on the first page of your manuscript.

Field Notes is Porter House Review’s craft blog. We are interested in pieces that use the intimacy of a personal essay to explore the ins and outs of the literary world: craft, publishing, conferences, writing programs, and so on. We are looking for work that illuminates the writing life and demystifies the mechanics of writing and publishing. We especially aim to help break down barriers that exist for writers from marginalized backgrounds.

While we don’t have a strict word limit, we are most interested in pieces that run somewhere around 2500 words.

We also accept pitches: In the submission page, include a brief (no more than 300 words) pitch of your piece, as well as a brief bio.

  • All submissions should be typed, double-spaced, and 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.

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. We pay for all accepted pieces.

Please only submit one time per submission period. Multiple submissions will not be considered.

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