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

Submissions for issue 66.2 are now closed. Submissions for Westerly 67.1 will open in 2022.

BEFORE SUBMITTING: please ensure you have first  read and applied the Submission Guidelines, below. The link to the creative submissions portal is at the bottom of this page.

Submissions for Westerly‘s Writers’ Development Program and Mid-Career Fellowship are currently closed, but if you are interested, you can find information on these initiatives here. Submissions will open again in 2021.

Submission of scholarly articles for consideration is open year-round (see style and referencing guidelines, below). For scholarly articles, please submit here. These works will now be under consideration for 2021 publication.

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 our independent external 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 creative writing is currently closed. The online submission portal will reopen in 2022.

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

If you have any queries about a potential submission, please get in touch via our contact form.

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