Westerly publishes short stories, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, essays and literary criticism.

General submissions are currently closed. Scholarly articles may be submitted at any time.

Submission Guidelines

All academic work submitted is subject to a double-blind refereeing process, and all creative work is selected through a single-blind reading by the independent poetry and prose editors.

We expect our contributors to be subscribers of the Magazine. While we will accept submissions from non-subscribers, should your work be accepted for publication in this instance, you will be asked to accept a subscription to the Magazine as part payment for your work.

Poetry: maximum of five poems, with maximum 50 lines each
Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: maximum 3500 words
Essays: maximum 5000 words
Reviews: between 500-700 words, to be published online or in print

Westerly will endeavour to give brief feedback on submissions on request.

Read everything above carefully? You’re ready to submit.

Submission of scholarly articles for consideration is open year round (see referencing guidelines, above). For scholarly articles, please submit here.

Submissions of creative work, for consideration in Westerly 64.2 (November 2019), are now closed. Submissions for our 2020 issues will open early in year.

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