Colorado Review

Current Issue and Information about Colorado Review

Current Issue: Summer 2023

Colorado Review Summer 2023


Orders & Subscriptions

Colorado Review author orders & subscriptions discounts

Colorado Review can also be ordered through EBSCO, W.T. Cox, Harrassowitz, and Ex Libris.

To order by mail, send a check or money order to:
Colorado Review
9105 Campus Delivery
Department of English
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-9105

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Submission Guidelines

Colorado Review is no longer accepting paper submissions through the mail. Please send all manuscripts via our Submittable portal.

What kind of work gets published in Colorado Review?

Like most literary magazines, we ask that anyone submitting work be familiar with our publication. You may purchase sample copies from the website (see the “current issue” or “back issue” pages). Many bookstores and university & public libraries carry CR. We also provide examples of recently published stories, poems, and essays on our website. Somehow, please read what we publish and see if your work fits our vision before you submit your work.

While it is difficult to define the sort of story we’re looking for, some of the questions we ask ourselves while reading manuscripts are: Is there an engaging opening? Has the author created original, idiosyncratic characters, people you’re interested in following through the story? Is the language crisp and sharp? Is there a provocative central problem or issue in the story? Is the story about something, and is whatever it is about important or troubling? Is the pace suitable? Is the story tightly constructed from start to finish? Most of the stories we accept—though not all—are twenty to twenty-five manuscript pages.

For nonfiction, we are interested in memoir, personal essay, and creative nonfiction. Generally, scholarly essays are not appropriate.

We are now accepting photography submissions to be considered as potential cover art. Full guidelines and details are linked here.

How to Submit

About Colorado Review

Launched in 1956 (with the first issue featuring work by Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, E. E. Cummings, Henry Miller, Bertolt Brecht, and Mark van Doren), Colorado Review is a national literary journal featuring contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews. Each issue is approximately 200 pages. Published three times a year, CR has a circulation of approximately 1,100, is carried by university and public libraries across the country, and is distributed by Kent News to independent bookstores. The journal receives over 9,000 manuscript submissions each academic year.

Colorado Review is committed to the publication of contemporary creative writing. We are equally interested in work by both new and established writers. CR does not publish genre fiction, nor do we subscribe to a particular literary philosophy or school of poetry or fiction.


CLP Director & CR Editor-in-Chief

Managing Editor

  • Lauren Furman

Assistant Managing Editor

  • Chase Cate

Associate Fiction Editor

Associate Poetry Editor

Book Review Editors


  • Nick Botkin
  • Chase Cate
  • Anna Emerson
  • Ben Freedman
  • Lauren Furman
  • Amy Gordon
  • River Grabowski
  • Linnea Harris
  • Julia Marquez-Uppman
  • Bianca Melendrez
  • Nicole Pagliari
  • Laura Roth
  • Tashiana Seebeck


  • Josephine Gawtry
  • Sarah Mullens
  • Carolyn Silverstein
  • Natalia Sperry
  • Kaes Vanderspek


  • Charles Baxter
  • Robin Black
  • Robert Boswell
  • Steven Church
  • Jorie Graham
  • Michael Martone
  • Clint McCown
  • Antonya Nelson
  • Alberto Rios


  • Ellen Brinks
  • Pattie Cowell
  • Kathy Hayes
  • Deanna Ludwin
  • Neil Petrie
  • Bruce Ronda
  • Steven Schwartz
  • William Tremblay
  • Felicia Zamora


  • R. Collins (“Jay Pell”)
  • John Lewis
  • F. M. Latiolais
  • Peter Reardon
  • Charles Robinson
  • Nicholas Crome
  • Wayne Ude
  • William Tremblay
  • David Milofsky

Social Media Manager

  • Nicole Pagliari


Colorado Review is published three times a year—in March, July, and November. Advertising space is limited, and reservations are accepted in order of receipt.



  • Reservation: November 15
  • Copy Due: December 15
  • Publication Date: March 15


  • Reservation: March 15
  • Copy Due: April 15
  • Publication Date: July 15


  • Reservation: July 15
  • Copy Due: August 15
  • Publication Date: November 15


Whole Page

  • Width/Height: 5 x 7
  • Cost: $150

Half Page

  • Width/Height: 5 x 3.5
  • Cost: $75


  • Three consecutive issues: 25%
  • If payment accompanies order: 10%

Technical Requirements

  • PDF files only

Direct All Orders and/or Inquiries to:

Stephanie G’Schwind, Editor
Colorado Review
Department of English
9105 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Telephone: (970) 491-5449
Fax: (970) 491-0283