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American Literary Review

About American Literary Review: Published since 1990 through the Creative Writing Program of the department of English at the University of North Texas.

Contact information:

American Literary Review

P.O. Box 311307

University of North Texas

Denton, TX 76203-1307

Phone: (940) 565-2755



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Reading period: 10/1-5/1 Response time: 4 months Payment: copies Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 1051-5062 Founded: 1990 Issues per year: 1 Copy price: $10 Average pages: 120-200 Sample price (postpaid): $10 Subscription (Ind) 1 year: $10 Subscription (Inst) 1 year: $18

Publisher’s description: Since the journal's inception, we have made it a point to publish excellent poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by writers at all stages in their careers.

We publish the best fiction that comes our way, but we prefer stories that are well-crafted and which reveal the nuances and complexities of characters and situations that surprise us with their unerring truths.

The poetry we search out should challenge the reader's imagination through fresh language, precise imagery, formal artistry, and it should demonstrate an attention to the craft and tradition of poetry. We tend to prefer poems that are pleasing to the ear as well as the imagination.

We welcome nonfiction submissions in personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, and experimental nonfiction.

ALR’s literary contest offers $3,000 in prizes annually.

Recent issues:

The double issue (Fall 2012/Spring 2013) features over two hundred pages of content, including the winners and runner-ups from our 2012 fiction, nonfiction, and poetry contests, along with new fiction from Lydia Kann, Ellen Prentiss Campbell, David James Poissant, and Kristen Leigh Schwarz; poems by Al Maginnes, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Allan Peterson, Jon Thompson, Nance Van Winckel, William Wenthe, and Keetje Kuipers; creative nonfiction from Vernita Hall, Kurt Caswell, Vicki Lindner, and Kevin Fuschich; an interview with David St. John, and reviews of new books by Frederick Seidel, Ben Fountain, and Jeanette Winterson. Lisa Vining’s cover photos are of the Texas State Fair.


last updated 3/4/2014