​© 2016 West Trade Review
​© 2016 West Trade Review


Our reading period is April 1st through August 1st and August 15th through December 15th.  During that time, click here to submit your work.


NOTE:  We are nearing our submissions cap for short fiction, and fiction submissions will close at 11:59pm on October 31, 2021.



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We are looking for original and unpublished works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by both new and established writers.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.

Please take a moment to review some of our previously published work at our Online Exclusives link or by purchasing a copy of our print edition.

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, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Prize.


Short 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All submissions must be previously unpublished and must be accompanied by a cover letter.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:

https://westtradereview.submittable.com/submit

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).


Novel Excerpt Guidelines

Please send us your best, unpublished extracts from novel-length works. 

We seek excellent writing, first and foremost. In addition to compelling stories with something important to say, and which are peopled by dynamic, complex characters, we look for fearless writing that is unafraid to innovate and experiment in form, style, and technique; that takes risks at the sentence level in language and perspective; and that challenges conventional ways of seeing the world. A work should not be so experimental, however, that it sacrifices clarity.  It also needs to risk something and not hold back its scariest truths. It should illuminate a facet of the human condition.

Submissions in no way need to stand alone; we are not looking for long short stories. We simply want the best excerpts of the best novels currently in progress. 

If an excerpt is not the beginning of the work, we recommend but do not require a brief (approximately 100-200 words) synopsis, something to give the reader a sense of the fictive world already established, introduce essential plot elements or character interactions, and to ground us in the novelistic state of affairs. We have no firm word count limitations; while 8,000-12,000 words is our typical range, we will accept strong pieces outside those parameters.

-Include a clear title of the work.
-Please adhere to conventional style and formatting rules. Times New Roman or similar, 12 point font, double or 1.5 line spacing, paginated. If you are including a synopsis please place it alone on page one, with the body of the excerpt then beginning on page two. 
-A cover letter is required and should include a third person bio and may include a brief note as to the history, genesis, and literary ancestry of the excerpted novel, as we like to know a bit about the pieces we consider. Please note, however, that cover letters are only read after the submission themselves and their existence or content will in no way affect the decision to accept or deny.
--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:

https://westtradereview.submittable.com/submit

We try to respond to most submissions as quickly as possible, and final decisions typically do not take more than 3 months at most.  




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.

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