Reading Period Status: With the new online format, The Los Angeles Review will be open for submissions year-round!
- General submissions for LAR Online are OPEN.
- Submissions for The Los Angeles Review Awards are OPEN.
Submission Methods: We accept online submissions via Submittable as well as postal submissions. Online submissions are subject to a $3.00 reading fee. Current subscribers and former contributors may submit online free of charge.
- Submit Online: The Los Angeles Review’s Submission Manager
- Submit via US Mail: Address your submission to the appropriate editor and enclose a SASE for reply. You will not receive a response unless you enclose a SASE. Please indicate if you are submitting to the themed submission category. Mail submissions to Red Hen Press: The Los Angeles Review, P.O. Box 40820 Pasadena CA 91114. We recycle all manuscripts after consideration.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted if noted in the cover letter. Please do not send multiple submissions unless an editor has invited you to do so. Response time is two to three months.
Compensation: Writers published in The Los Angeles Review will receive one contributor copy in exchange for first North American rights. No reprints, please.
Subscription: We encourage submitters to read our journal, and if you order a copy of LAR, your submission is free. You can find ordering information here. Contact the Managing Editor for international shipping rates, information about classroom subscriptions, course adoption, and bulk discounts.
Online: Accepted submission submitted after July 1, 2016 are eligible to be published in the new online format launching June 1, 2017 and the first best-of print edition that will be released in spring 2018. For more details, see our LAR Online Letter from the Editors.
**Please note that all submissions under all submission categories must be previously unpublished. Any already published work will not be considered for publication with The Los Angeles Review.
Fiction: We’re looking for hard-to-put-down shorts under 1000 words as well as sequences of such shorts and/or stand-alone lengthier stories up to 4,000 words–and regardless of length, we always hope to see lively, vivid, excellent literary fiction.
Nonfiction: Please submit an essay, memoir, or commentary told as compelling, focused, sustained narrative in a distinctive voice, rich with detail. Send 1,000-4,000 words or delight us with flash nonfiction that cat-burgles our expectations.
Poetry: Please submit 3-5 poems that will surprise us, wow us, and make us wish we’d written them ourselves. We are open to form, free verse, prose poems, and experimental styles. Our only criterion is quality.
Translation: Please submit no more than 5 poems (single-spaced) or 5 pages of prose (double-spaced). Include biographical notes for both the author and the translator. Your submission must be accompanied by 1) the original text and 2) a letter from the rights holder stating that you have permission to translate and publish the work in the United States. If you cannot provide #2, we may still print your work, but please remember that obtaining permissions is the translator’s responsibility. Thank you for sending us your work–we look forward to reading it.
Book Reviews: We welcome queries to review new and recent books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, particularly those that have not received the critical attention they deserve. Contact the book review editor at email@example.com with queries. For query procedures and how we select books for review, please visit the Book Review Query Procedures page.