The American Literary Review welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poems, short stories, and essays. 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 email the Managing Editor.

  • Our reading period extends from October 1 to May 1.
  • Our annual contest extends from June 1 to Oct 1 (11:59 PM, CST, on Oct 1).
  • 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. 

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.

Please note that all current students and students who have graduated within three years from the University of North Texas are ineligible to submit to ALR, including our annual contests.

To withdraw single poems, please send a note via submittable.

We respond to submissions in approximately three to six months. Please, do not query about the status of your submission until six months have passed.

FICTION GUIDELINES:

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

POETRY GUIDELINES:

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. 

ESSAY GUIDELINES:

Submit only one work at a time. We welcome essays in all forms, including flash, and we are interested in both traditional essays and ones that push the boundaries of the genre. We prefer submissions shorter than 4,000 words.  

Essays submitted for publication in the American Literary Review must be accompanied with a brief cover letter including the essay’s word count

REVIEWS:

We do not publish unsolicited book reviews at this time.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.

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDELINES:

Please send up to five original photographs in a standard web-readable format (we prefer JPEG). Each photograph should have a title. We are looking for work that exhibits technical skill and artistic merit to incorporate into our online journal.

CONTEST:

General Guidelines for the  American Literary Review Awards

  • Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay. 
  • Contest entries must be submitted between June 1 and October 1. 
  • There is a $15.00 reading fee. Multiple entries are acceptable, but each entry must be accompanied by a reading fee. Entries without a reading fee will not be read or considered.
  • Please do not put any identifying information in the file itself; include the author’s name, title(s), address, e-mail address, and phone number in the boxes provided on Submittable. 

Genre-Specific Guidelines

  • Short Fiction: One work of fiction per entry ($15), limit 8,000 words per work
  • Essays: One work per entry fee ($15), limit 4,000 words per work.
  • Poetry: Entry fee covers up to three poems (i.e. one to three poems would require an entry fee of $15; four to six poems would be $30, and so on).
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POETRY GUIDELINES:

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. 

Poetry submitted for publication in the American Literary Review must be accompanied by a cover letter with the author's name, address, phone number, and poem titles.

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

We have no set maximum for length, but stories under 8,000 words have the best chance of publication. We generally avoid novel excerpts unless they can stand alone as stories.

Short fiction submitted for publication in the American Literary Review must:

* be typewritten
* be double-spaced
* have the author's name, address, and phone number on the first page
 

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ESSAYS GUIDELINES:

Submit only one work at a time. We welcome essays in all forms, including flash, and we are interested in both traditional essays and ones that push the boundaries of the genre. We prefer submissions shorter than 4,000 words.

Essays submitted for publication in the American Literary Review must:

  • be accompanied with a brief cover letter including the essay’s word count

 

Please send up to five original photographs in a standard web-readable format (we prefer JPEG). Each photograph should have a title. We are looking for work that exhibits technical skill and artistic merit to incorporate into our online journal.


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