We read during the academic year. We close during university breaks. The North American Review is the oldest literary magazine in America (founded in 1815) and one of the most respected. We are interested in high-quality poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on any subject; however, we are especially interested in work that addresses contemporary North American concerns and issues, particularly with the environment, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class. We read during the academic year. We close during most university breaks. The submission fee helps us defer a small portion of our printing and distribution costs.
We like stories that start quickly and have a strong narrative arc. Poems that are passionate about subject, language, and image are welcome, whether they are traditional or experimental, whether in formal or free verse (closed or open form). We publish all forms of creative nonfiction, from personal narrative to lyric essay to immersive journalism; we appreciate when an essay moves beyond the personal to tell us something new about the world.
Please submit no more than five poems, one short story, two short-short stories, or one essay (no more than 30 pages typically). We do allow simultaneous submissions, but please access your submission and withdraw it if it is accepted elsewhere. We do not consider previously published material or work currently in press elsewhere. Please do not submit entire novels, collections of poems or stories, or nonfiction books.
The status of your submission can be checked by logging back into the submission system. We try to report on submissions within five months, but we have a very small staff to read more than ten thousand pieces each year.
We ask for first North American serial rights only. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. Acceptance may be in our print or online issues. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Please note that while a contest is open, that genre for general submissions is closed. For example, while the James Hearst Poetry Prize is open, general poetry submissions are closed.
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Please submit a portfolio of recent work for review. Submissions will be considered for use on our website. We pay $150 for rights to publish in our print issues.
We are open to all forms, media, and genres of visual art, including graphic poetry, graphic book review, and graphic narratives.
Please submit no more than five poems. Submissions with more than 5 poems will not be considered. Please wait to hear a decision before sending additional work.
Do not send entire collections of poetry. The submission fee helps us defer a small portion of our printing and distribution costs.
Regular poetry submissions opens on November 4, 2020 and will close on May 1, 2021
First Prize: $1,000. You may submit only one piece of creative nonfiction, no longer than 30 pages in a Word document. Please do not upload a pdf (they cannot be read by our system). All contact information should be entered in your cover letter. No names or addresses should appear on manuscripts, please. Your piece will be assigned a log number so it can be "read blind." Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is allowed with notice. Payment will be required as part of the sign up procedure which will provide you with a copy of the Williams Prize issue.
Our judge is Luis Urrea.
Regular nonfiction submissions will be closed when our Terry Tempest Williams Prize for Creative Nonfiction is open. The CNF prize will remain open until April 1st, at that time we will reopen regular CNF submissions.