guidelines

hi, we're looking for writing and art and whatever else you've got that engages with and reimagines the 'west.’ ideally you or your work will have some connection to the western usa, but this theme is wide open to your interpretation (though our print issues will be more focused and western-y than online, which will be more free-wheeling). we like  intersections and echoes, mythos and symbolism, and perspectives not as often seen. we like road stories and weird americana. most of all, tell us a great story. show us something cool. something we can't help falling in love with. our goal is to remain open to the unexpected—to what surprises us, to what moves us, to what makes us see ‘the west’ in ways we haven't before. still unsure? tune into word west radio, or catch a flick at the westword cinemas. maybe you'll find some inspiration? yeehaw 🤠

 

  • no submission fees.

  • 1 submission per submission window.

  • submissions will be open twice / year: september 15 - november 15 & march 15 - june 15.

  • pitches for online content (reviews, interviews, etc.) will always be accepted.

  • sim-subs totally fine. just please let us know if a piece is accepted elsewhere.

  • 5k words or less for prose. up to 5 poems for poetry.

  • pieces are read for both online and print.

  • we aim to respond in 9-12 wks for print. online subs will likely be responded to sooner.

  • $100 for each accepted print piece.

  • $25 for each accepted online piece.

 

thank you for trusting us with your work.

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