How to Submit Your Fiction to The Paris Review

Authors Kurt Vonnegut and William Styron attending an event at The Paris Review Foundation
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Founded in 1953 in Paris by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton, The Paris Review has become a legend among literary people. It's perhaps less well-known than The New Yorker, but more intellectual, and perhaps even more prestigious.

Authors in the Paris Review

The Paris Review introduced the world to writers like Adrienne Rich, Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul, Mona Simpson, Edward P. Jones, and Rick Moody. And excerpts from books like The Basketball Diaries, The Virgin Suicides, and The Corrections graced its pages. They publish criticism and are renowned for their interviews, which continue to provide insights into the classic writers — Dorothy Parker, Katherine Anne Porter, and Ralph Ellison, to name a very few — who set the standards for contemporary literature.

Submit Work to the Paris Review

The Paris Review requires submissions to be in English and previously unpublished. They do accept translations and ask that you also send a copy of the original, untranslated text. You can submit your piece to other journals at the same time, but you must notify The Paris Review right away if another publication accepts your piece.

Before submitting your work, you should read the most recent issues of The Paris Review to get a feel for the type of work the magazine publishes to determine if your writing would be a good fit.

Unlike many other publications, The Paris Review does not accept submissions via email. Instead, mail a hard copy of your work marked attention to either the Fiction Editor or Poetry Editor to this address:

The Paris Review
544 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

You may submit one short story, one nonfiction piece, or six poems at one time. Include your phone number and email address with your submission. If you would like your manuscript to be replied to or returned to you if rejected, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your submission.

Prizes

Prizes are awarded annually at the Spring Revel by the editors of The Paris Review. Winning selections are announced in the winter issue. No application form is required.

The Paris Review Hadada

The Hadada Award is presented each year to “a distinguished member of the writing community who has made a strong and unique contribution to literature.” Previous recipients of the Hadada include John Ashbery, Joan Didion, Paula Fox, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton (posthumously), Barney Rosset, Philip Roth, Norman Rush, James Salter, Frederick Seidel, Robert Silvers, and William Styron.

The Plimpton Prize for Fiction

The Plimpton Prize for Fiction is an award of $10,000 given to a new voice published in The Paris Review. The prize is named for the Review’s longtime editor George Plimpton and reflects his commitment to discovering new writers of exceptional merit. Past recipients include April Ayers Lawson, Amie Barrodale, Jesse Ball, Emma Cline, Caitlin Horrocks, Atticus Lish, Alistair Morgan, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Benjamin Percy.

The Terry Southern Prize for Humor

The Paris Review recognizes humor, wit, and sprezzatura as important qualities of good writing. The Terry Southern Prize honors work appearing in the last year, either in the ​Paris Review or the Paris Review Daily, that best embodies those qualities. It is given in memory of our loyal contributor Terry Southern, known for his uproarious fiction and journalism and such screenplays as Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider. Past recipients include Elif Batuman, J. D. Daniels, Ben Lerner, Mark Leyner, and Adam Wilson.