About West Trade Review

West Trade Review is an imprint of Iron Oak Editions and is published quarterly (one print edition each spring and an online quarterly each summer, fall, and winter).  We strive to put forth the best contemporary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (personal essays/memoir), and publish a mix of established and up and coming writers/artists.

Work from our journal has been selected for inclusion in Best American Essays, Best Debut Short Stories (PEN/Richard J. Dau Prize), Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions, and we regularly nominate writers for all major prizes including Pushcart, Best of the Net, Best American Series, and others.

Our mission is to perpetuate the work of artists both well known and yet-to-be-known, simultaneously enriching our world through the written word and visual arts.   We strive to reflect diversity in style, content and perspective throughout prose, poetry, photography and other artwork. 

Our goal is to simply present to you the best art possible by both emerging and established creative minds. All work chosen for publication in our journal is from our slush pile with the exception of one poet and one prose writer selected for interview in our annual spring print edition.  Although we offer expedited response and personalized feedback at a cost, free general submissions are always available the first week of each month from April to December. At other times there is a $3 submission charge to cover administrative costs.

We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and want to hear from underrepresented voices of all types (cis and trans women, gender non-conforming, agender, non-binary, genderqueer, those who are two-spirit, people with disabilities, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+).

We have recently featured poetry and interviews with Robert Wood Lynn, Kirstin Allio, Luke Johnson, Dylan Krieger, Arisa White, John Amen, and Sonya Vatomsky.  Recent fiction writers include Emily Hall, David Obuchowski, and Seth Clabough.  We have also featured the artwork of Nika Novich, Julie Heffernan, Duy Huynh, Raina Gentry, Carlos Estevez, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Segun Aiyesan, Kelechi Nwaneri, and Tonia Nneji  as well as the photography of Karina Juarez.  We have also published interviews with each of these visual artists.  

First established in 1981 in Charleston, SC, as Encore Literary Arts Magazine, the journal relocated to Charlotte, NC, in 2004 and dedicated itself to publishing a wide variety of poets and writers from around the US.  At that time we also began to feature photography and artwork. After four issues in Charlotte as Encore, the journal subsequently changed its name to West Trade Review in 2009In 2020, a core group of editors, Ken Harmon, Kelly Harrison, Dan White, and Mary Sutton, came together and the journal quickly expanded to include book reviews, novel excerpts, creative nonfiction, contests, regular interviews,  and visual poetics and began to publish quarterly.  

After successfully growing and building their journal audience, a core group of West Trade editors decided that the next logical step was to continue that growth together as a press, Iron Oak Editions, and to begin publication of novels, short story collections, poetry chapbooks, poetry collections, and nonfiction memoir.

​© 2016 West Trade Review
Editor:  Ken Harmon
Associate Editor:  Kelly Harrison

Prose Editor: D.W. White
Associate Prose Editors: Diane Josefowicz, Melissa Goodnight, Nicole Gantz, and Max Parker

Poetry Editor:  Mikal Wix
​Associate Poetry Editors: Claire Jussel, Allisa Cherry, Sébastien Luc Butler, and Derek Graf

Reviews Editor:  Thomas Johnson

Book Design: Kelly Harrison

Art Editor & Webmaster:  Ken Harmon

Website Assistants:  Ruby Wang, Ashley Morgan, and Nicole Gantz

West Trade Visual Poetics:  Sarah Edmonds

Audio Exclusives:  ​Kaley Labrador and Madalyn Sullivan
Social Media Team:  Sarah Archer, Cela Austin, Carson Peaden, Allison Smith, Ashley Morgan, Ruby Wang, and Ainsley Harris


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​© 2018 West Trade Review


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