Laurel Review is a biannual print magazine seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, review, script, and those that blur the lines between genres. We are open for submissions all year, though we might be in and out of the office through the summer. We seek both established and new voices in the writing world, and we are especially interested in writing by those whose identities have been historically under-represented. Submitters living outside of the United States are encouraged to submit but will regretfully only receive a PDF copy and their work posted online as we are unable to ship internationally at this time. Translations in various genres are also of interest. All accepted US contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which they appear.

Proud to Be Anthology Series is a creative writing anthology of poetry, fiction, essays, and photography submissions by and about veterans, service members, and military-connected family members nationwide. Spanning generations, the anthology preserves and brings to light stories revolving around our nation’s military experience.  First released in November 2012, this yearly anthology is funded by the Missouri Humanities and is published in partnership with small University Presses.

Submit poems of verse, free-verse, prose, etc. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if your piece is taken elsewhere.

All forms of fiction, both traditional and experimental, are accepted.  If you are submitting flash fiction (<1000 words), feel free to submit up to three pieces in a single file. 

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if your piece is taken elsewhere.


Personal essays, travel writing, and other forms of creative nonfiction are accepted.  If you are submitting flash nonfiction or micro-essays (anything less than 1000 words), feel free to submit up to three pieces in a single file.  Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if your piece is taken elsewhere.

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 14

Deadline April 26, 2025 


Created by Missouri Humanities and GreenTower Press, the Proud to Be series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation’s history.


Submission to this anthology is open to veterans, military-service personal, and their families. 

No entry fee

All submissions will be considered for our annual contest as well as inclusion in the printed Proud to Be anthology.  The annual contest awards a $250 prize in each: Short Fiction, Poetry, Essay, Photography. 


Submission guidelines: 

· Put your name, short bio, and contact info in the provided fields on Submittable and nowhere else on the manuscript.

· Limit one submission in each category per person.

· Poetry: up to 3 poems (5 pages maximum). Keep poems in one document. 

· Short Fiction & Essay: 5,000-word limit. 

· Photography: up to 3 good-quality photos (will be printed in the book as b&w).

· Submissions exceeding the limits will be disqualified.

· Include a bio of 75 words or less with your submission. It must include your military connection.

· Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

· Winners & contributors will be notified by late summer of 2025.

· Questions: contact the editors at GreenTower Press,


Please use this form to order subscriptions, backorder issues, chapbooks, etc. If you live outside the United States and would like to make a purchase, please email us at before ordering. 

Please specify which anthology to order below. 

Proud to Be, Volume 1-12 was made possible with support from Southeast Missouri State University Press. Moving forward, Volume 13 will be published in partnership with GreenTower Press. 

Note: Must be US resident. We cannot ship internationally. 

If you have any questions or if you prefer to order from us directly, please reach out to


Order our special anthology issue of contemporary Jewish poetry (56.2). 

*Must be USA address. We cannot ship internationally. 

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