Colorado State University Center for Literary Publishing

Submission Guidelines

Now accepting submissions online!


NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not accepting paper submissions. With most of our staff working remotely, we simply can’t attend to submissions sent through the mail. We will update our policy regarding paper submissions at a future date.

Please submit manuscripts online here. The fee for online submissions is $3. Please do not submit manuscripts to our e-mail address.

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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 only one story or essay at a time.

We consider poetry of any style. Please limit poetry submissions to no more than five poems with a maximum of 15 pages at a time. Please also keep in mind that line lengths are limited by the size of our print journal; we can only fit up to 60 characters–including spaces and punctuation–per line.

Please see guidelines and instructions here. Reviewers are compensated with a one-year subscription to CR. Please note that we now publish reviews only on our website.


For fiction and nonfiction, we ask that you double-space your manuscript, use 12-point type, and set 1-inch margins. The choice of typeface is yours, but we suggest Times New Roman. Poetry manuscripts may be single or double spaced. Please note that Colorado Review’s text measure (that is, the width of our poems) is just 4.125 inches wide; thus, we can accommodate line lengths only up to about 60 characters, including punctuation and spaces.


Fiction & poetry manuscripts are read from August 1 to April 30; nonfiction manuscripts are read year-round.

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

If Colorado Review has published your work in the last two years, please refrain from submitting so that we may continue to feature new voices.

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We consider only previously unpublished work.

We accept translations of previously published or unpublished work. Upon submitting a translation, writers must provide proof of permission to translate.

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 of issues before Spring 2020 are also available for $10 each, including postage; issues beginning with Spring 2020 are $12 each, including postage.

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