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 We only consider unpublished work.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.

Submissions must be received by 11:59pm, Mountain Time, November 3, 2017. Prose submissions, either fiction or nonfiction, should not exceed 25 pages (double-spaced) in length. 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Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming at the time of the competition, and material submitted must be previously unpublished. Previous winners of the competition may not re-enter in the category for which they won. Simultaneous submissions are fine so long as you immediately retract your submission if it is accepted elsewhere.

Please upload one file with two cover sheets and your manuscript. The first cover sheet should contain your name, prose title(s), and contact information. The second cover sheet should only state the title(s). As all manuscripts are blind-reads by the judges, your name or identifying information should not appear on the second cover sheet or the manuscript.

All entries will receive a copy of the Spring 2018 issue.

Judged by: Lily Hoang

Submissions must be received by 11:59pm, Mountain Time, on November 3, 2017. Poetry submissions should not exceed 10 pages or 5 poems. Writers must be living in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. 

Please up-load one file with two cover sheets and your manuscript of up to five poems. The first cover sheet should contain your name, poem title(s), and contact information. The second cover sheet should only state the title(s). As all manuscripts are blind-reads by the judges, your name or identifying information should not appear on the second cover sheet and the manuscript.

All entries will receive a copy of the Spring 2018 issue.

Judged by: Bob Hicok

Submit only one essay or story, or several shorter pieces (do not exceed 25 pages). Submissions should include a bio and cover letter (space provided in the online submission form) and any multiple prose pieces should be combined into a single document. The subject line of the submission must read Last Name, First Name and "Prose Submission".

NOTE: If this is a Contest Submission, scroll down. Do not submit using this tab!

Poetry submissions should include a bio and cover letter (space provided in the online submission form) and up to five poems combined into a single document. The subject line of the submission must read Last Name, First Name and "Poetry Submission".

NOTE: If this is a Contest Submission, scroll down. Do not submit using this tab!

Artwork can be sent as up to six separate attachments or preferably in a single .zip file. Please also include a bio and cover letter. We accept only originals or high-quality copies or scans. No slides. If you choose to send your work in digital form, 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. WHR prints in black and white. Color submissions will be considered for the cover and as black-and-white reprints on internal pages. 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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