American Literary Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The American Literary Review welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if noted in your cover letter. Please note that all submissions from now on will be considered for the online only issue. For any questions not covered in this section, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

  • Our reading period extends from October 1 to May 1
  • Our annual contest extends from June 1 to Oct 1
  • Submissions can be sent to us through our online Submission Manager for a fee of $3.
  • Why the $3 fee? Our $3.00 fee is not a reading fee, but simply meant to cover the administrative and IT costs associated with our online submissions system. Hopefully, $3 is no more than you would spend on paper, ink, envelopes and postage. We also think you'll appreciate the convenience of being able to upload your submission and track its progress from your own computer.

We do not accept submissions via email or via postal mail. We also do not accept any previously published work, including online publication and "revised" or altered versions of stories, poems, or essays. Unsolicited manuscripts received outside the reading period will be returned unread.


Submit only one story at a time. American Literary Review seeks distinctive, character-driven stories. 


Submit no more than five poems at a time. Poetry selections are made by a widely-read group with eclectic tastes who look for the best poems, regardless of form or subject matter. 


Submit only one work at a time. We welcome submissions in personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, and experimental nonfiction. We prefer submissions shorter than 6,500 words.


We do not publish unsolicited book reviews at this time. The editors and their associates regularly prepare a section of short book evaluations, selectively treating recent publications.