LA Review Call for Submissions

1 March 2009

The Los Angeles Review, established in 2003, is the voice of Los Angeles, and the voice of the nation. With its multitude of cultures, Los Angeles roils at the center of the cauldron of divergent literature emerging from the West Coast. Perhaps from this place something can emerge that speaks to the writer or singer or dancer or wild person in all of us, something disturbing, something alive, something of the possibility of what it could be to be human in the 21st century.

We dedicate the sixth issue of The Los Angeles Review to Wanda Coleman. We invite both published and emerging writers to submit their work to the editors listed below, and we thank you for being part of The Los Angeles Review. Issue No. 6 is scheduled to be released in 2009.

Submissions of poetry and prose accepted from March 1 to June 1 via email only. Please include a cover letter and bio in the body of the email and attach your piece as a single .doc or .rtf attachment. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if noted in the cover letter. No multiple submissions, please. Response time is 2-3 months. Writers published in the 2009 Los Angeles Review will receive one contributor copy in exchange for first North American serial rights.


Fiction and nonfiction: We seek essay, memoir, and commentary told as compelling, focused, sustained narrative in a distinctive voice, rich with detail. Send 1,000-4,000 words or delight us with flash nonfiction that cat-burgles our expectations. In fiction we’re looking for to hard-to-put-down shorties under 500 words and lengthier shorts up to 4000 words–lively, vivid, excellent literary fiction.

Poetry: Please submit 3-5 poems that will surprise us, wow us, and make us wish we’d written them ourselves. We’re open to form, free verse, prose poems, and experimental styles. Our only criterion is quality.

Reviews: We welcome reviews of new and recent books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We are particularly interested in books that have not received the critical attention they deserve. Send reviews of three to six pages. There is no need to query the editor beforehand.

Translations: Please submit 3-5 translated poems that open the poet’s original vision to an English-speaking audience.


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