Colorado State University Center for Literary Publishing

Submission Guidelines

Now accepting submissions online!

We consider short fiction and personal essays with contemporary themes (no genre fiction or literary criticism). There is no specific word or page count; generally, however, Colorado Review prefers short stories and essays that are somewhere between 15 and 25 manuscript pages. Please submit one story or essay at a time.

We consider poetry of any style. Please limit poetry submissions to no more than five poems at a time.

We do not accept unsolicited book reviews. If you would like to submit a book review, please send queries to respective editors listed on our guidelines. Reviewers are compensated with a one-year subscription to CR. Please note that we now publish reviews only on our website.

Fiction & poetry manuscripts are read from August 1 to April 30; nonfiction manuscripts, however, are read year-round. Fiction & poetry manuscripts received between May 1 and July 31 will be returned unread.

  1. All manuscripts must be typed (double-spaced for fiction and nonfiction; poetry may be single-spaced).
  2. All manuscripts should be printed on white letter-sized paper.
  3. Please include a cover letter.
  4. Be sure your full name and address appear on the manuscript.
  5. We accept submissions via mail or online here. Do not submit manuscripts to our e-mail address.
  6. Submissions sent via US mail MUST include a self-addressed stamped envelope OR an e-mail address for response.
  7. Please tell us in your cover letter if you want your manuscript returned and include proper postage on your SASE.

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

With the exception of book reviews, Colorado Review does not publish the work of CSU faculty (current or emeritus), staff, or students; CSU alumni may submit three years after their graduation.

We consider only previously unpublished work.

Colorado Review purchases First North American Serial Rights; all rights revert to the author upon publication in CR. We pay $10 per page ($30 minimum) for poetry and $200 for short stories and essays. Authors also receive two copies of the issue in which they are published and a one-year subscription to CR.

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 copies are also available for $10 each, including postage.

Colorado Review
9105 Campus Delivery
Dept. of English
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-9105