Are you a writer that wants to be published and recognized? West Trade Review wants to hear from you!
We are looking for original and unpublished works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by both new and established writers. While we publish work of various styles and content, we enjoy writing that is socially engaged and seeks to elevate underrepresented literary voices.
Our journal is published quarterly (one print edition each spring and an online quarterly each summer, fall, and winter). Please read all submission guidelines carefully. Those that do not meet the requirements below will not be considered.
We are looking for poems that perform Olympic feats with language that leave a reader in wonder while still referring back to the basic things that make us human. We want powerful imagery and enjoy the juxtaposition of images in interesting and unexpected ways.
We look for fiction with a literary focus and prioritize characterization and psychological depth.
We want poems, stories, and CNF that make the reader think and feel, work that humbles us with its joy, humor, embarrassment, anger, hope, grief, or all of the above, and gravitate toward writing that has something important to teach us--something that readers really need to know, but might not have understood this was a need until the last word of the work.
WTR regularly submits prize nominations for the O'Henry Award, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize.
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry Submissions Guidelines
All submissions must be previously unpublished and must be accompanied by a cover letter. We often feature the work of our published writers on social media, so please include the user names of any accounts you would like us to tag (Instagram, Twitter, of Facebook). If you have a website, you may list that as well.
Submit up to 5 poems or one prose piece of up to 5,000 words. Please submit multiple poems as one submission in a single Microsoft Word file (and list the title of each poem for the title of your group submission).
-Include a clear title of the work.
-Please double space fiction and non-fiction and single space poetry.
-Include a short 3rd person biography of no more than 150 words. Work submitted without a biography will not be considered.
-If your work is a simultaneous submission, please let us know immediately if it is published elsewhere.
-Writers may not submit more than once per reading period.
Entries should be submitted to the appropriate genre category at the following link:
We try to respond to most submissions as quickly as possible, and final decisions typically do not take more than 3 months at most.
Fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry submissions must typically submitted by August 1st to be considered for our spring print edition. Summer, fall, and winter quarterly editions are published solely online. Material published in online editions is promoted via our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).
All entries are judged by the editorial board. West Trade Review reserves all publication rights for each issue's design and content, as well as for first North American publishing rights. The journal also retains rights to use works for promotional and publicity pieces in printed or computerized formats. Authors and artists retain their rights for future publication/use.