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 We do not publish book reviews.
  • We only consider previously unpublished work.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

Pages from Arroyo

Wayward visitors to our website may have noticed the new Excerpts page, located behind our News feed. This is an exciting—and necessary!—addition for us, as it provides an opportunity for prospective contributors to sample our fine content without the need to hunt down a physical copy. You can find such literary talents as Elton Glaser, Kim Magowan, and Patricia Smith while browsing our Excerpts, as well as the work we’ve nominated for the Pushcart Prize—and more besides!

Over the coming weeks, we hope to expand this page to include prose and poetry from each of our issues; keep an ear to the floor for updates!

Our reading period is live!

Exciting news for writers and the literary-minded—our reading period for the Spring 2018 issue is now active! Until May 31st, we are accepting manuscripts of short fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction for Issue 10 of Arroyo Literary Review. Keep your ear to the ground, also, for news of a possible anniversary event…

For more information on ensuring your manuscript makes its way to us, please see our submission guidelines.

Martin Ott’s Newest Book

We’re excited to see yet another Arroyo contributor release a new book! From C&R Press comes Martin Ott’s (Issue Four) science-fiction novel, Spectrum. Ott has been compared to “a young Samuel R. Delany, mixing strike-hard language and razor-slicing ideas into a sensual mix of fictional possibilities.” True to form, Spectrum is a reflection of our present political landscape, exploring the “outer spectrum of what we love and hate, and the inner spectrum of the people we love and hate.” You can purchase a copy through C&R’s website!


Find us at…

Our tireless editors have been distributing Issue 8 to bookstores all over the Bay Area. If you or a loved one is looking for the opportunity to purchase the latest from Arroyo Literary Review—and support local business!—peruse the shelves of any of these local bookstores…




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