In fiction, Southwestern American Literature looks for crisp language and an interesting approach to material; submissions must deal with the Southwest. Please only send one story at a time and wait for a response before submitting new work. Do not submit a PDF. Word documents only.
We seek stories that probe the relationship between the tradition of Southwestern American literature and the writer's own imagination in creative ways — stories that move beyond stereotype. Submissions should generally be 25 pages or less (6,000 words or less). We allow simultaneous submissions as long as we're notified immediately upon acceptance.
Manuscripts are read year-round. Recently published stories have later appeared in Best of the West and have received Pushcart Prize nominations. The journal demands high quality in submitted work, and we strongly suggest reading previous issues for a clear idea of what types of pieces we tend to accept.