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.

Note: We do not accept unsolicited submissions from current Texas State University students, faculty, or staff. Alumni are welcome to submit if and only if three or more years have passed since their graduation.

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

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.
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