We accept submissions for fiction and poetry between August 1 and April 30. Nonfiction manuscripts are read year-round. Please do not submit fiction or poetry to the nonfiction category during the summer.

You may submit either by US mail or online (via Submittable). The fee for online submissions is $3.

Please include a brief cover letter.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted; writers must notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere.

We consider only previously unpublished work.

We accept translations of previously published or unpublished work. Please upload proof of permission to translate with your submission document.

We strongly encourage writers to be familiar with our magazine before submitting to it. Examples of work published in Colorado Review are posted on our website; sample print copies are also available for $10 each, including postage. Digital copies (as PDFs) are available for $5 each. Visit our website to order.

It is not necessary to query us first (exceptions: book reviews and interviews).

If Colorado Review has published your work in the last two years, please refrain from submitting so that we may continue to feature new voices.

Colorado Review purchases First North American Serial rights and pays $10/page for poetry, with a $30 minimum. Payment for short stories and essays is $200. Published writers also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, as well as a one-year subscription.

Note: By submitting, you agree to let us occasionally e-mail you relevant announcements. But the last thing we want to do is annoy you; there will always be an easy way to opt out in every e-mail.

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We consider short fiction (but not flash fiction or short shorts) with contemporary themes (no genre fiction, please).  We strongly encourage you to be familiar with the fiction Colorado Review has previously published; visit our website to read selected stories that we have published or to purchase sample issues.

There is no specific word or page count; generally, however, Colorado Review publishes short stories that are somewhere between 15 and 25 manuscript pages.

Please submit no more than one story at a time.

If Colorado Review has published your work in the last two years, please refrain from submitting so that we may continue to feature new voices. 


We read nonfiction year-round.

Between May 1 and August 1, we read only nonfiction. Please do not submit short stories or poems to this category.

We are interested in creative nonfiction (memoir and personal essay) with contemporary themes. Our website has several examples of nonfiction we have published.

Please query us first before submitting book reviews or interviews.

Please do not submit literary criticism.

There is no specific word or page count; generally, however, Colorado Review is most interested essays that are somewhere between 20 and 25 manuscript pages, though we have published both shorter and longer pieces of nonfiction.

File types accepted: Word (DOC and DOCX), PDF, and RTF.

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We consider poetry of any style. We strongly encourage you, however, to be familiar with the poetry Colorado Review has previously published; visit our website to read selected poems that we have published or to purchase sample issues.

Please limit poetry submissions to no more than five poems with a maximum of 15 pages (total) at a time. Place all poems in a single document. 

Please also keep in mind that line lengths are limited by the size of our print journal; we can only fit up to 60 characters (including spaces and punctuation) per line. If your poem has very long lines or requires spacing that exceeds 60 characters, Colorado Review likely will not be able to accommodate the formatting.

If Colorado Review has published your work in the last two years, please refrain from submitting so that we may continue to feature new voices. 

If for any reason you’d like to withdraw a poem, please send us a message through Submittable. Please do not send requests to remove poems from your manuscript through Submittable’s “Open Editing” option.


The primary function of Colorado Review’s book reviews is to bring attention to works that might not otherwise be noticed by the mainstream press. To that end, we’re interested in reviews of books from small, independent publishers and university presses, and books from new and emerging writers. We accept previously unpublished reviews of poetry and short story collections, novels, and literary nonfiction that, generally, have come out within the last year. We do not review work that has been self-published. All book reviews are featured on our website: http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu.

Reviewers are compensated with a one-year subscription to Colorado Review.

Aim for 750 to 1,000 words in your review.

While there is certainly a space for negative book reviews, Colorado Review is not that space. This is not to say you should refrain from offering criticism, simply that we wish to recommend the books we choose for review.

The review should offer a well-crafted blend of summary and analysis, and avoid scholarly criticism. If you’re unfamiliar with the distinction, please look to such popular publications as Rain Taxi or the review section of the
New York Times to get an idea of what we’re looking for. The review should provide a sense of what the book is about, and should be accessible to any reader of literature. If your review is rife with academic jargon, it’s probably
not what we’re looking for.

Please don’t send us a review of your friend’s/colleague’s/professor’s/student’s book. While you may have met the author at a conference or are perhaps even an acquaintance, you should not have a relationship with the author that will compromise your ability to praise and/or criticize the work objectively.

At the top of your review, please include the following publication information, formatted as follows:

Cloud Study, by Susan Jones-Carlson
Table Press, 2011
reviewed by Fiona Edwards

It’s unlikely that we’ll have a copy of the book you’ve reviewed, so please triple check any quotations carefully and provide page numbers for each within the body of your review.

The body of your review should be double spaced, but extracts (block quotations) should be set off using Word’s“increase indent” function (that is, please don’t indent them with tabs or spaces) and single spaced.

Please avoid using parenthetical title references following poetry extracts, such as:

Without a dream of trains
I took your only suitcase.
(“I Left You In Paris”)

Or introducing extracts without providing context, such as:

From “I Left You in Paris”:
Without a dream of trains
I took your only suitcase . . .

Poem titles should instead be incorporated into the text, typically before the extract. Often the sentence introducing an extract will contain the title reference and a small synopsis that situates the extract you choose to quote:

Example: In “End of Night” we get a withering image of our intellectual solipsism:
Rising from the bay
the moon through my socket

Example: A similar shadow is cast in the opening of the poem “Autumn Threshold”:
Bees by the clover
ditch gravel and weeds

When quoting lines of poetry within your text (rather than setting off as an extract), please use one space on either side of the slash to indicate line breaks.

Example: William Carlos Williams opens his poem with “So much depends / upon . . .”

Please submit in Times New Roman, 12 point.

We follow The Chicago Manual of Style.

With your review, provide your mailing address, phone number, e-mail, and a bio note.

The Center for Literary Publishing will open submissions to the Mountain/West Poetry Series from November 15, 2019 through January 1, 2020.

We are accepting manuscript submissions for the 2021 series from poets living in the US west of the Mississippi River, including Hawaii, Alaska, and the US Pacific Territories. Please do not submit if you do not currently reside in one of these states or territories.

Poets who enter the 2020 Colorado Prize for Poetry and live in the US west of the Mississippi need not submit, as their manuscripts will automatically be considered for the series.

Manuscripts must be at least 60 pages but no more than 100 pages.

Individual poems within the manuscript may be previously published, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Self-published books are not eligible for submission.

Submissions will be accepted online only, via 

Deadline is January 1, 2020. 

This is not a contest, and there is no submission fee.

Manuscripts will not be read blind. You may include, if applicable, acknowledgments noting poems’ previous publication.

Authors will receive a standard publishing contract that offers a $500 advance against royalties with 10 percent (net) royalties once the advance is earned out, as well as ten complimentary copies and a 40 percent author discount. Books will be distributed to the trade by the University Press of Colorado.

Questions? Please contact Stephanie G’Schwind at Stephanie(dot)Gschwind(at)colostate(dot)edu.

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