Western Humanities Review accepts unsolicited submissions of original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid work, audio/visual work, and essays year round. We recommend reading an issue or two before you submit your work—subscribe today or browse some samples online. We only consider unpublished work. Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we are not able to provide individual feedback and are only able to publish about 2% of them—so please send us your best work. We’re looking for dynamic writing that engages, surprises, and moves us, work that is, in fact, out to get us.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask that you please withdraw your work from consideration immediately if it has been accepted elsewhere. All work must be submitted via our online submission system, Submittable. We do not accept submissions via email or snail mail.

Please allow 3-5 months for a response. We read every submission and respond as quickly as we can. If you have any questions along the way, or if more than five months have passed and you would like to send a query about your submission, please e-mail us at ManagingEditor.WHR@gmail.com.

Judged by Danielle Dutton

GUIDELINES:

  • This is a regional contest: Writers must be living in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming at the time of the competition, and material submitted must be previously unpublished. 
  • Prose submissions, either fiction or nonfiction, should not exceed 25 pages (double-spaced) in length. 
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome so long as you immediately withdraw your submission if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Previous winners of the competition may not re-enter in the category for which they won. 
  • All entrants will receive a copy of the Spring 2019 issue.
  • Winners will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2019 issue; Runners-up will receive publication in the Spring 2019 issue.
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59pm, Mountain Time, November 2, 2017. 


SUBMIT:

  • Upload one file only.
  • Enter your contact information in the cover letter section provided in the Submittable submission form. 
  • Remove all personal contact information from the manuscript. As all manuscripts are blind-reads by the judges, we will use Submittable to track your contact information.
  • There is a $10 entry fee.
  • Please email us at managingeditor.whr@gmail.com with any questions



Poetry Contest Judge: Aimee Nezhukumatathil 

GUIDELINES:

  • This is a regional contest: Writers must be living in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming at the time of the competition, and material submitted must be previously unpublished. 
  • Poetry submissions should not exceed 10 pages or 5 poems.  
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome so long as you immediately withdraw your submission if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Previous winners of the competition may not re-enter in the category for which they won. 
  • All entrant will receive a copy of the Spring 2019 issue.
  • Winners will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2019 issue; Runners-up will receive publication in the Spring 2019 issue.
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59pm, Mountain Time, November 2, 2017.  


SUBMIT:

  • Upload one file.
  • Enter your contact information in the cover letter section provided in the Submittable submission form.
  • Remove all personal contact information from the manuscript. As all manuscripts are blind-reads by the judges, we will use Submittable to track your contact information.
  • There is a $10 entry fee.
  • Please email us at managingeditor.whr@gmail.com with any questions



Submit only one essay or story, or several shorter pieces (do not exceed 25 pages). Any multiple prose pieces should be combined into a single document. 

Submissions should include a cover letter (space provided in the online submission form). 

The name of the document file should read "Last Name_First Name_Prose Submission".


Poetry submissions should include a cover letter and up to five poems combined into a single document. 

The name of the document file should read "Last Name_First Name_Poetry Submission".


Guidelines:

Reviews are published on our website.  

500-800 words

Books must be forthcoming or published in the last 6-12 months.

We are especially interested in reviews of books from small press publishers.

To read previously published reviews, please see our website's Reviews page.


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**To receive an advanced review copy for a book you'd like to review. Please send an email to managingeditor.WHR@gmail.com. 







Please submit 6-8 images in a single .zip file and include a brief bio in your cover letter.

We accept only originals or high-quality copies or scans. No slides. Each piece must be saved as a separate .JPEG file no larger than 6 x 9 inches and at a resolution of 600 dpi for line art and 300 dpi for all others. 

If your piece is chosen for the cover, you may be contacted for a larger file.  Submissions which do not adhere to the above guidelines will not be considered. Please query with questions or for alternate submission method.



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