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 We do not publish book reviews.
  • We only consider previously unpublished work.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

Jacqueline Doyle’s Book Prize

Another fine award reaches one of Arroyo‘s own! Jacqueline Doyle (Issue Two) recently won the Spring 2016 Black River Chapbook Competition for her collection of short fiction, titled The Missing Girl. These “haunting, evocative stories” were selected from a list of finalists that included other fiction writers as well as poets. We anticipate reading Doyle’s work with much excitement!

The Missing Girl is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press next September.

Christopher Buckley’s Newest Collection

Autumn continues to be an exciting time for past Arroyo contributors: Christopher Buckley, a California poet, has released a new collection of poems titled Star Journal! Buckley has been praised by the Library Journal as a “unique poetic voice, a sort of breathless, long-sentenced style that is gripping and captivating.” Compiled from his work of over thirty years, Star Journal is published by University of Pittsburgh Press and is available now on Amazon!


Michelle Ross’ Fiction Award

Another Arroyo contributor receives high praise for her craft! This time, it is Michelle Ross (Issue Eight). Her story, “There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You”, won Moon City Press’ 2016 Short Fiction Prize last month. Readers can expect to see this entry published next spring, with an AWP debut at Washington, D.C. We are looking forward to it!

You can see the full list of finalists at Moon City Press’ announcement page.

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.