hi, here's our guidelines.

completed manuscripts only. queries are ok (and welcomed) as long as they are representative of a “completed” work. that said, we don’t have any length restrictions. so if your completed work is a 30 page chapbook, that's great. we’d be happy to look at it. our goal is to find exciting literary work we love and get it out into the world no matter what shape, size, or form it comes in.

what we like?

we like literary work that’s surprising, resonant, sad, funny, surreal—things that make us look at the world in a new way. in the words of joy williams, "a clean clear surface with much disturbance below."

truth is, we don’t know what we’re looking for. our mindset is to remain open and ready for the unexpected. so what does that mean? send us something that surprises us, that moves us, that breaks our heart and makes us laugh. or something that does none of these things, but in a compelling way. we don’t necessarily have genre restrictions, but we’re probably not the best place for fantasy or sci-fi, but give us vision and great writing and we’re willing to go anywhere.

ps: we have a soft spot for the weirdo, offbeat stuff that traditional publishers won’t even touch.

reading fees?

we do not charge reading fees.

turnaround?

our usual turnaround is approx. 3-4 months. we try our best to stick to this. we’re writers too, and we know how frustrating the waiting game can be. but keep in mind we are a small team and the timeline could vary depending on the volume of submissions. thank you very much for your patience.

if you haven’t heard from us after 4 months, feel free to reach out: hello@wordwest.co

simultaneous submissions?

simultaneous submissions are ok. though please notify us if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

feedback?

due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to give detailed, individual feedback re: each submission. if this is something you’re interested in, please contact us about our manuscript consultation services.

word west?

while we are certainly interested in writing coming out of the west, especially from perspectives not as often represented, we are not limited in any way to stories or authors specifically from the western usa. 

money?

our authors recieve an advance upon acceptance, 15% royalties on print sales, and 35% on ebook sales, paid out quarterly. 

acceptance rate?

we put as much time, energy, and love as we can into the projects we choose, so we have to be very selective. we average about 400-500 manuscripts per year and our acceptance rate is less than < 1%.

other questions?

please contact us at hello@wordwest.co with any further questions. we look forward to hearing from you.


ps–thanks so much for thinking of us.

we seek writing that explores 'the west' as an idea, as a construct, in new and unexpected ways, from new perspectives and new angles. we're most excited by work that challenges, deconstructs, and repurposes the preconceived notions of writing about 'the west,' and has mined its themes, tropes, and ideological concerns, to unearth a vibrant new vision.

ideally your work will have some connection to 'the west' or 'westerns' but this theme is wide open to your interpretation. they can be contemporary. they can be experimental. they can subvert expectation and setting.

more than anything, tell us a great story. show us something cool and beautiful and unique. our goal is to remain open to the unexpected—to what surprises us, to what moves us, to what makes us reimagine our ideas of ‘the west.' we're excited to see where you take us.​

  • no submission fees.
  • 1 submission in each submissions window.
  • sim-subs totally fine. just let us know if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • 5k words or less for non-fiction.
  • pitches can be submitted here as well, though please include "pitch" in the title.
  • if you would like to pitch us a piece with more complicated logistical concerns, multimedia elements, factors of timeliness, etc., please include as much detail about the project as you can in the letter, and/or email us at 'hello@wordwest.co'
  • we aim to respond to individual pitches as soon as we can.
  • we aim to respond to completed submissions in 9-12 wks.
  • pieces will be read for both print and online.*
  • $100 for each accepted print piece.
  • $25 for each accepted online piece.

thank you for trusting us with your work.

-- wwr 🤠

* editor's note: print acceptances will be selected because they align most closely with our needs for each print issue. even though payment is different, please know this is not a judgement. we view print and online as equal. like separate instruments in the same band. with the goal to find what best serves each individual piece, as well as our overall vision.

we seek writing that explores 'the west' as an idea, as a construct, in new and unexpected ways, from new perspectives and new angles. we're most excited by work that challenges, deconstructs, and repurposes the preconceived notions of writing about 'the west,' and has mined its themes, tropes, and ideological concerns, to unearth a vibrant new vision.

ideally your work will have some connection to 'the west' or 'westerns' but this theme is wide open to your interpretation. they can be contemporary. they can be experimental. they can subvert expectation and setting.

more than anything, tell us a great story. show us something cool and beautiful and unique. our goal is to remain open to the unexpected—to what surprises us, to what moves us, to what makes us reimagine our ideas of ‘the west.' we're excited to see where you take us.​

  • no submission fees.
  • 1 submission in each submissions window.
  • sim-subs totally fine. just let us know if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • 5k words or less for fiction. for shorter pieces (1k and less) feel free to submit up to 3-5 in one packet, but keep the total word count under 5k).
  • we aim to respond in 9-12 wks.
  • pieces will be read for both print and online.*
  • $100 for each accepted print piece.
  • $25 for each accepted online piece.

thank you for trusting us with your work.

-- wwr 🤠 


* editor's note: print acceptances will be selected because they align most closely with our needs for each print issue. even though payment is different, please know this is not a judgement. we view print and online as equal. like separate instruments in the same band. with the goal to find what best serves each individual piece, as well as our overall vision.

we seek writing that explores 'the west' as an idea, as a construct, in new and unexpected ways, from new perspectives and new angles. we're most excited by work that challenges, deconstructs, and repurposes the preconceived notions of writing about 'the west,' and has mined its themes, tropes, and ideological concerns, to unearth a vibrant new vision.

ideally your work will have some connection to 'the west' or 'westerns' but this theme is wide open to your interpretation. they can be contemporary. they can be experimental. they can subvert expectation and setting.

more than anything, tell us a great story. show us something cool and beautiful and unique. our goal is to remain open to the unexpected—to what surprises us, to what moves us, to what makes us reimagine our ideas of ‘the west.' we're excited to see where you take us.​

  • no submission fees.
  • 1 submission in each submissions window.
  • sim-subs totally fine. just let us know if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • up to 5 poems in one submission for poetry.
  • we aim to respond in 9-12 wks.
  • pieces will be read for both print and online.*
  • $100 for each print acceptance.**
  • $25 for each online acceptance.**

thank you for trusting us with your work.

-- wwr 🤠


* editor's note: print acceptances will be selected because they align most closely with our needs for each print issue. even though payment is different, please know this is not a judgement. we view print and online as equal. like separate instruments in the same band. with the goal to find what best serves each individual piece, as well as our overall vision.

** for now, due to budgetary constraints, our payments for poetry will cover all work selected from each packet. so if 2 poems are selected for print, the payment will be $100. if 3 are selected for online, $25.

we seek photography that explores 'the west' as an idea, as a construct, in unexpected ways, from new perspectives and new angles. we're most excited by work that challenges, deconstructs, and repurposes the preconceived notions of writing about 'the west,' and has mined its themes, tropes, and ideological concerns, to unearth a vibrant new vision.

  • no submission fees.
  • 1 submission in each submission window.
  • up to 15 photos per submission.
  • we'll happily consider photos that have previously appeared elsewhere.
  • we aim to respond to photos submissions in 3-4 wks.
  • photos will be considered for both print and online. 
  • $5 per photo used online
  • $15 per photo used in print
  • if you would like to pitch us a photo project that doesn't exist yet, please direct an email to 'hello@wordwest.co' 'attn: photo editor M. Price.'

thank you for trusting us with your work.

-- wwr 🤠

westword cinemas (word west revue's movie theater) is taking submissions for all video-related projects–short films, art films, completed features, etc. these will be available for anyone on our website to view, typically on 2-4 wk 'theatrical' runs.

wordwestrevue.co/cinemas

we seek work that explores 'the west' as an idea, as a construct, in new and unexpected ways, from new perspectives and new angles. we're most excited by work that challenges, deconstructs, and repurposes the preconceived notions of writing about 'the west,' and has mined its themes, tropes, and ideological concerns, to unearth a vibrant new vision.

more than anything, tell us a great story. show us something cool and beautiful and unique. 

we're excited to see where you take us.​

  • we accept 'cinema' submissions year-round.
  • please include a poster or promotional image in your submission.
  • in your cover letter please include a brief synopsis, runtime, producer/director/creator contact info, cast + crew info, any relevant links/press.
  • please include a link where we can view it. YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Dailymotion, preferred, as the screening will be hosted via those sites.
  • payment will be $50 for each two week block of screening. 
  • if your project contains complicated logistics, copyright / licensing concerns, anything else of question or concern, please include as much detail as you can in the letter, and/or email us at 'hello@wordwest.co'

thank you for trusting us with your work.

-- wwr 🤠 

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