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 We do not publish book reviews.
  • We only consider previously unpublished work.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. Feel free to contact us at arroyoliteraryreview@gmail.com with any questions or concerns related to artwork submissions, but please avoid sending attachments.
  • Unfortunately, Arroyo Literary Review cannot honor any requests for a book review. Please do not send us your forthcoming publications, as our editors will not be able to respond to them.
  • 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

Save the Date…

Mark your calendars for April 4th—we’ll be hosting a launch party in celebration of Arroyo‘s newest issue! Located at Hayward’s The Bistro, Issue Nine will release with complimentary refreshments, a prize raffle, and readings from some of the lovely writers that can be found inside this volume. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.; meanwhile, keep an ear to the ground for more information as April rolls around!

A Submissions Update

Since our reading period began in December, we’ve logged well over a hundred submissions and are looking forward to seeing many more! Before our busiest months arrive, however, we’d like to take this moment and announce two changes to our Submission Guidelines. Firstly, we want to emphasize that we do not accept submissions over e-mail, although writers and artists are certainly welcome to contact us with their concerns. Secondly, we must—unfortunately!—state that we do not write or publish book reviews. Please avoid sending us your forthcoming publications, as our editors will not be able to respond to them.

As always, however, we’re on the lookout for superb prose and poetry. If you have work you’d like to see in Arroyo, send it with a SASE and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

See Arroyo @ AWP 2017!

We’ll soon be writing from AWP—hosted this year at the nation’s capital! From February 9th till the 11th, visit us at booth 331-T for an exclusive copy of our new Issue Nine: featuring lush cover art from Brad Kunkle, a portfolio of lotería by Marina Pallares, and a collection of stories and poems from writers across the country. Three of these wonderful writers will be available for signings from 2 till 3 p.m., with Michelle Ross (“Glow” and “Parts We Can Live Without”) visiting Thursday; Judith Skillman (“Kafka’s Nocturne” and “The Old Laughter”) on Friday; and Joan Frank (excerpt from All the News I Need) present this Saturday.

We hope to see you there!

Pages from Arroyo

Wayward visitors to our website may have noticed the new Excerpts page, located behind our News feed. This is a welcome—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!

Spectrum