Issue 4.2 



Issue 4.2 is available!


We are accepting submissions

for Volume 5, Issue 1! 


December 15 — March 15, 2021



Ponder Review welcomes:

  • Fiction
  • Flash Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Short plays
  • New media
  • Visual art


10:4:TENN 

Inaugural 10 Minute Play contest

Ponder Review, in partnership with the Tennessee Williams Tribute Festival, is launching our inaugural 10:4:Tenn Playwright Contest! This competition seeks to recognize and honor the craft of playwriting as well as the legacy of Columbus’s native son, Tennessee Williams.

The top three playwrights will receive a cash prize, a festival pass, and have their ten-minute plays produced and preformed in front of a live audience at the Tennessee Williams Tribute Festival. Directors and actors will be students from the Mississippi University for Women theatre department. The best of the best will also be published in the forthcoming issue of Ponder Review.

Submissions open on January 15, 2021 and will close March 15, 2021. Ponder Review is the literary magazine produced by the graduate creative writing program at the Mississippi University for Women. We are a diverse, revolving team of editors, and we pride ourselves on our eclectic, inclusive tastes. We want your thought-provoking, gut-wrenching, belly-laugh-inducing plays. See our submission page for more guidelines. Send us your best!

Required Format: Times Roman 12pt. All prose should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced. Include a brief (100 word) bio with your submission.


Ponder Review does not accept previously published material nor does it accept multiple submissions per issue. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but contact Ponder Review immediately if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere. Do not withdraw your entire submission unless you no longer want Ponder Review to consider it; instead send us an edit request if part of your submission was accepted elsewhere. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in your submission being denied. Please make all submissions through Submittable.
Ponder Review will notify writers and artists of their submission status via email. The reading and acceptance process can take up to 4 months. By submitting, writers grant Ponder Review permission to publish their work and acknowledge that Ponder Review is currently a non-paying market. Ponder Review requires first-time North American publishing rights and retains the right to reprint accepted submissions in subsequent anthologies even after publication rights have reverted back to author.
Accepted work is subject for use in any future anthologies, both digital and print, and Ponder Review asks that any reprints give first publication credit to Ponder Review.
Students and alumni of Mississippi University for Women’s MFA program in creative writing may not submit to Ponder Review for at least 5 years from their time in the program.
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Art

Photography, photo essay, graphic literature, painting, collage. Please submit a high resolution image.

  • Photography, paintings, and collages: one submission of up to five images.
  • Photo essay: one submission of 3,000 or less words and with up to five images.
  • Graphic literature: one submission of eight or less pages.

New Media

Podcast, spoken word, interview, short film, animation, and hypertext or kinetic literature are considered for our website

  • Podcast, spoken word, and interview
  • Short film and animation
  • Hypertext literature
  • Kinetic poetry or prose
  • Other: contact us to discuss

Fiction

One submission of 3,000 or less words (1,500 – 3,000 words preferred).

Flash Fiction

One submission of up to three stories that combine to total no more than 1,000 words. No story may exceed 750 words. Submit in a single file.

Note: Please note your submission genre or contest entry 

Creative Nonfiction

One submission of 3,000 or less words (1,500 – 3,000 words preferred).

Short Play

Script excerpt or short play. One submission of 10-15 pages.

10 for TENN

Ponder Review, in partnership with the Tennessee Williams Tribute Festival, is launching our inaugural 10:4:Tenn Playwright Contest! This competition seeks to recognize and honor the craft of playwriting as well as the legacy of Columbus’s native son, Tennessee Williams.

The top three playwrights will receive a cash prize, a festival pass, and have their ten-minute plays produced and preformed in front of a live audience at the Tennessee Williams Tribute Festival. Directors and actors will be students from the Mississippi University for Women theatre department. The best of the best will also be published in the forthcoming issue of Ponder Review.

Each play will be read by the staff of Ponder Reviewfor the first round, then after carefully making their selections, the finalists will be sent off to the final judge, award winning Southern playwright, Audrey Cafley who will decide the 1st, 2nd, and 3rdplace winners. Winners will be announced Spring 2021.

1st place winner will be awarded a $200 cash prize as well as publication in the forthcoming Ponder Review issue.

2nd place will be awarded a $150 cash prize, and 3rd place will be awarded a $100 cash prize.

10:4:TENN 10 Minute Play Contest Submission Guidelines

  • Plays must be at maximum 10 minutes long and inspired by the work of Tennessee Williams.
  • Maximum cast of 5 characters.
  • Play must include character and set descriptions.
  • Submissions should be Times New Roman 12pt font, double-spaced, in standard playwriting format.
  • Limit 2 plays per playwright.
  • Along with submission, include a bio and brief synopsis of the play.
  • Musicals will not be accepted.
  • Plays should be unpublished. Ponder Review requires first-time North American publishing rights and retains the right to reprint accepted submissions in subsequent anthologies even after publication rights have reverted back to author.
  • By entering this contest, the playwright claims sole ownership of work submitted and accepts responsibility for any appropriated material. Mississippi University for Women and Ponder Review accept no liability for any work used without permission.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are accepted, but contact Ponder Review if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts should contain no identifying information and must be submitted through Submittable only.
  • Students and alumni of Mississippi University for Women’s MFA program in creative writing may not submit to Ponder Review for at least 5 years from their time in the program.
  • Submissions will be accepted from January 15, 2021 until March 15, 2021
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One submission of up to five poems that combine to total no more than nine pages.
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