WEST TRADE REVIEW


GENERAL SUBMISSIONS:

Are you a writer or artist that wants to be published and recognized? West Trade Review wants to hear from you! We are looking for original and unpublished works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by both new and established writers/artists.  We also accept novel excerpt submissions.  

A writer bio is required with each submission. 

Please submit your work to the appropriate genre folder and follow all established guidelines found on our website:

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We look forward to reviewing your work.  


Our reading period is April 1 through August 1 & August 15 through December 15.  Some genres, however, could close early if submission caps are reached prior to the end of a reading period.


Submit only once per reading period.


We offer free submissions during the first week of each month (April to December); otherwise, there is a $3 general submission fee.

You may also choose to receive a quick decision about your work for $10, and may also receive a quick decision about your work along with personalized feedback from the editors for $25.   The response time for both fee related options is approximately 2 weeks.

Our contest period (fiction and poetry) is January 15th-March 15th.  


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Special Submissions Promo:  If you're one of the first 50 writers to submit to us before March 3rd, we'll provide a free expedited response within 2 weeks (a $10 value).⠀


 

West Trade Review seeks poems that somehow engage with the intersection of social identity and place/environment/nature. Specifically, we'd like to read poems that explore the relationship between place/environment/nature and gender, sexual identity, race, ethnicity, disability, and/or social class.  


                Poets are encouraged to "go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write," as Rilke urged.  Simply creatively explore these ideas and intersectional spaces to find what emerges.


                We are excited for you to reveal to us what you find there.  Send us your best poems.



NOTE: Submissions which do not meet the following guidelines will not be considered:
 

  • In your cover letter, explain how your poem(s) engage with the intersection of social identity (gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, disability, and/or social class) and nature/environment/place and please mention your social media handles (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).  If you have a website dedicated to your writing, please include the link in your letter as well.
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished and are limited to five poems per reading period and must be accompanied by a cover letter and a biography of no more than 150 words. Work submitted without a biography will not be considered.
  • Include a clear title for each poem.
  • Submit poems as one reading packet and place what you consider your stronger work at the front of the group.
  • Enter the title of each poem as your packet's submission title.
  • Work must be submitted as a Microsoft Word file. 



Submit only once per reading period.  


While we offer free submissions the first week of each month (April to December), general submissions are typically $3 (to cover administrative costs).  

You may also choose to receive a quick decision about your work for $10, and may also receive a quick decision about your work along with personalized feedback from the editors for $25 (1.5-2 pages).   The response time for both expedited and personalized options is approximately 2 weeks.


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Special Submissions Promo:  If you're one of the first 50 writers to submit to us before March 3rd, we'll provide a free expedited response within 2 weeks (a $10 value).⠀


 

"Finally,  to hinder the description of illness in literature, there is the  poverty of the language. English, which can express the thoughts of  Hamlet and the tragedy of Lear, has no words for the shiver and the  headache. It has all grown one way. The merest schoolgirl, when she  falls in love, has Shakespeare or Keats to speak her mind for her; but  let a sufferer try to describe a pain in his head to a doctor and  language at once runs dry. There is nothing ready made for him. He is  forced to coin words himself, and, taking his pain in one hand, and a  lump of pure sound in the other (as perhaps the people of Babel did in  the beginning), so to crush them together that a brand new word in the  end drops out. Probably it will be something laughable."
 

 -from On Being Ill by Virginia Woolf


 

The editors of West Trade Review seek creative nonfiction that engages with the ideas of mental health and  mental well-being. Specifically, we'd like to read personal stories that  are raw, honest, and vulnerable in their explorations of mental health  or mental well-being and their intersection with inequality, access to  healthcare, the need for accessible, quality mental health care, and/or  the need for open conversations about mental health and practices that  contribute to mental well-being.
 


        Writers  are encouraged to speak their truth, to share their challenges, losses,  and triumphs. Simply creatively explore these ideas and the potential  themes below to give voice to a truth that is often difficult to  verbalize, as Woolf so eloquently expresses.
 

We are excited to read your work and share your stories with others.
 


Potential themes are (but not limited to):

  • ​the challenges of living with a mentally ill adult children
  • understanding and navigating neurodivergencies
  • navigating and healing from traumatic experiences
  • addiction
  • chronic disease
  • anxiety or depression
  • the intersection of homelessness and mental illness
  • grief and loss
  • the importance of self-care for mental well-being


 


NOTE: Submissions which do not meet the following guidelines will not be considered:
Guidelines:
 

Guidelines:
 

- Submit one CNF piece of up to 6,000 words. Please submit a double-spaced Microsoft Word file.

 - Include a clear title of the work.

  -Include a cover letter and a short 3rd person biography of no more than 150 words. Work submitted without a biography will not be considered.

  -If your work is a simultaneous submission, please let us know immediately if it is published elsewhere.
 

  -Writers may not submit more than once per reading period
 


 

Entries that do no meet guidelines or eligibility requirements will not be considered.

 


 

Selected  work will be included in an anthology published by Iron Oak Editions.  Publication will include an honorarium.  A portion of all book sales  will be donated to NAMI.  
 

 While we offer free submissions the first week of each month (April to December), general submissions are typically $3 (to cover administrative costs).  

You may also choose to receive a quick decision about your work for $10, and may also receive a quick decision about your work along with personalized feedback from the editors for $25 (1.5-2 pages).   The response time for both expedited and personalized options is approximately 2 weeks. 


 

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$15.00

The West Trade Review Prize for Poetry


Special Submissions Promo:  If you're one of the first 50 writers to submit to us before March 3rd, we'll provide a free expedited response within 2 weeks (a $10 value).⠀


The contest is open from January 15, 2024 - March 15, 2024. Entry fee is  $15 for each entry (three poems per entry), with no entry limit per writer, and includes a copy of our spring 2023 print edition.
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Eligibility


 

  • This contest is open only to emerging writers only who have not yet published a book with a print run over 1,500.
  • Only previously unpublished poems will be accepted.
  • Poems that have won and/or placed in any other writing contest are ineligible. 
  • Unlimited entries allowed. Three poems per submission. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but work previously accepted or published in West Trade Review is ineligible.
  • Please withdraw your submission and notify West Trade Review if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • No one editorially or financially affiliated with West Trade Review can enter the contest.


Guidelines
 

  • One  submission per entry fee of $15 (up to three poems per submission).   Entry fee includes a copy of our Spring 2023 print edition. 
  • Poet may submit up to three poems. Author is allowed multiple entries.
  • The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or in the file name.
  • Please submit up to three poems per entry in a single Microsoft Word file and  list the title of each poem as the submission title in Submittable.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman or Arial in 12-point font size.
  • Must include a title for each poem.
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry.  Entries are judged anonymously; the judge will only consider poem  quality.
  • Revisions or edits will not be accepted once submitted for judging. 


 

​Entries that do no meet guidelines or eligibility requirements will not be considered.
 

$1000 and publication in West Trade Review will  be awarded to the winning poem.  Other entries of merit may be  considered for publication. The winning poem will be announced on our  website and social media platforms mid-April 2024 and then published in the 2025 spring print issue of West Trade Review.
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Contest Judge:  Brian Turner


Brian Turner is the author of five collections of poetry (from Here, Bullet to The Wild Delight of Wild Things) and a memoir (My Life as a Foreign Country) and is the editor of The Kiss and co-editor of The Strangest of Theatres anthologies.  A musician, he has also written and recorded several albums with The  Interplanetary Acoustic Team, including 11 11 (Me Smiling) and The Retro  Legion's American Undertow. His poems and essays have been published  in The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, and Harper’s, among other fine journals, and he was featured in the documentary film Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience,  which was nominated for an Academy Award. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has  received a USA Hillcrest Fellowship in Literature, the Amy Lowell  Traveling Fellowship, the Poets’ Prize, and a Fellowship from the Lannan  Foundation. He lives in Orlando, Florida, with his dog, Dene, the  world’s sweetest golden retriever.  Visit his website  or follow him on X or on IG @turners_lens. 

$15.00

The Phyllis Grant Zellmer Prize for Fiction


Special Submissions Promo:  If you're one of the first 50 writers to submit to us before March 3rd,, we'll provide a free expedited response within 2 weeks (a $10 value).⠀
 

The contest is open from January 15, 2024 - March 15, 2024. Entry fee is  $15 for each individual story (one story per entry), with no limit per writer, and includes a copy of our spring 2023 print edition.
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Eligibility

  • This contest is open only to emerging writers only who have not yet published a book with a print run over 1,500.
  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
  • Stories that have won and/or placed in any other writing contest are ineligible.
  • Unlimited entries allowed. One story per submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or work published in West Trade Review is ineligible.
  • Please withdraw your submission and notify West Trade Review if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • No one editorially or financially affiliated with West Trade Review can enter the contest.


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Guidelines
 

  • All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on March 15, 2024. Submissions open January 15, 2024.
  • Entry fee is $15 for each individual story (one story per entry), with no  limit per author, and includes a copy of our spring 2023 print edition.
  • Submission is one original story up to 5,000 words.
  • The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or in the file name.
  • Please submit one story per entry in a single Microsoft Word file and list the title of your story as the submission title.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman or Arial in 12 point font size.
  • Do not include a cover page. Include your title with your story.
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry.  Entries are judged anonymously; the judge will only consider story quality.
  • Please take the judge of the contest into consideration. If you know her personally, or have ever attended classes or workshops she has instructed, please use manuscripts that she would not have seen before.
  • Revisions or edits will not be accepted once submitted for judging.


       ​Entries that do no meet guidelines or eligibility requirements will not be considered.
       ​
      $1000 and publication in West Trade Review will  be awarded to the winning story.  Other entries of merit may be  considered for publication. The winning story will be announced on our website and social media platforms mid-April 2024 and then published in the 2025 spring print issue of West Trade Review.


Contest Judge:  Margaret Malone

Margaret Malone is  the author of the story collection People Like You, Finalist for the  2016 PEN/Hemingway Award and Winner of the Balcones Fiction Prize. Her work can be found at BOMB, The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, Oregon Humanities, and elsewhere. A co-host of the artist and literary gathering SHARE, Margaret lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband filmmaker Brian Padian and their two children.

 

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