Arroyo Literary Review  welcomes submissions from new and established writers. We encourage you to become familiar with the material we publish, prior to submitting your work.

Be sure to check out Arroyo’s Duotrope page. File your submissions!

For more insight into our publication and its submission process, check out the interview with Arroyo’s Editor on Duotrope.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Arroyo Literary Review seeks poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essays, and translations. We will consider short plays and drama. We do not publish book reviews.
  • We only consider previously unpublished work.
  • We accept multiple prose pieces at a time (up to 4,000 words each, with a limit of 3), and multiple poems (with a limit of 5).
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, though notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.
  • Our reading period begins December 1 and ends May 31. (Any submissions received before or after this reading period will not be read and we will recycle them immediately.) All submissions received on time will be responded to no later than 1 month after our reading deadline.
  • Please include SASE for response. (All envelopes must be stamped. Unfortunately, we cannot accept international reply coupons [IRCs] or other form of payment for overseas submissions due to local USPS restrictions. Without a stamped envelope, we will not reply to your work.) All rejected manuscripts will be recycled.
  • At this time, we do not accept electronic submissions.
  • Arroyo Literary Review requires the First North American Serial Rights for accepted manuscripts. Rights revert to the author after publication.
  • Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears. Bulk discounts are available to contributors wanting additional copies.

Please send submissions to:

Arroyo Literary Review

Department of English, MB 2579

California State University, East Bay

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.

Hayward, CA 94542

sam sax’s Poetry Prize

Another round of applause for sam sax (Issue Eight), who is one of five winners of the National Poetry Series Open Competition! This prestigious award highlights rising talents in the field of poetry, allowing their work to better reach the eyes and ears of readers and established poets alike. We at Arroyo are delighted that our contributors keep impressing others with the mastery of their craft, just as they’ve impressed us.

MADNESS is sax’s entry; you can find the full list of other winners on this webpage.

sam sax’s Fellowship Placement

We are excited to announce that sam sax (Issue Eight) has recently been chosen as a finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship! Offered by Poetry Foundation, recipients will be awarded $25,800 to continue their work as poets. The Poetry Foundation will formally announce these recipients around September 1st.

Congratulations to sax for this commendation! You can view the full list of finalists by visiting this webpage.

Rebecca Foust’s Fiction Award

Warm congratulations to Rebecca Foust (Issue Eight) for winning American Literary Review‘s fiction award! We are thrilled that another Arroyo contributor sees continued success in the literary craft. The entries in American Literary Review‘s Spring 2016 issue were judged by Garth Greenwell, and Foust’s “Something Blue” was selected as first place. You can read her short story by clicking on this link.

For a full list of writers and their works, you can check out American Literary Review‘s webpage.

Susan Gubernat’s Book Prize

Join us in congratulations as Arroyo‘s faculty advisor and fearless leader, Susan Gubernat, receives the 2016 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for her book The Zoo at Night! Gubernat—author of Flesh (Marianne Moore Prize) and Analog House, and librettist of Korczak’s Orphans—has provided unwavering guidance to our editorial staff as Arroyo Literary Review rose to its present ambitions. We are grateful for her counsel, and very excited for this achievement!

Come help us celebrate the release of Arroyo Literary Review’s 8th issue!

We’ll have appetizers and raffle prizes, and The Bistro will be serving up delicious craft brews! And of course, you can purchase a copy of Issue 8 to take home with you (cash and check accepted)! Please note that The Bistro is cash only.
This event is free and open to the public—please bring your friends!

Spring 2016 / Issue Eight Launch Party!

Eric Neuenfeldt Visits Alma Mater CSU, East Bay

In late February Eric Neuenfeldt was the featured reader for the English Department’s quarterly Distinguished Writers Series event. Attendees  were treated to a reading of “Wild Horse,” the title piece of Eric’s forthcoming short story collection that won the 2015 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction.

During his visit Eric sat down to discuss CSUEB’s role in building a foundation for himself as a writer during his early college years, as well as his experience as the founding editor of Arroyo Literary Review, now in its 8th year of publication. You can view the video interview from CSUEB’s YouTube channel below.

“Wild Horse” is also featured in Arroyo Literary Review‘s Spring 2016 issue, available now for purchase.