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Since 1990, the American Literary Review has been published through the Department of English at the University of North Texas. From the journal’s inception, we have made a point of publishing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by writers at all stages of their careers.

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  • Response time:
    1-4 months*
    Editor reported data
    70 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Find more details in the Genres section

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee


Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Submit only one story at a time. ALR seeks distinctive, character-driven stories. We have no set maximum for length, but stories under 8,000 words have the best chance of publication. We generally avoid novel excerpts unless they can stand alone as stories. Short fiction submitted for publication in the ALR must: be double-spaced have the author’s name, address, and phone number on the first page

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Submission fee: $ 3

Submit only one work at a time. We welcome essays in all forms, including flash, and we are interested in both traditional essays and ones that push the boundaries of the genre. We prefer submissions shorter than 4,000 words. Essays submitted for publication in the ALR must: be accompanied with a brief cover letter including the essay’s word count


Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $ 3

Poetry submitted for publication in the American Literary Review must: be accompanied by a cover letter with the author’s name, address, and phone number

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Listed in genres

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

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  • Author's rights

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  • Additional info

    Active on social media Promote writers even after publication - hype hype hype Submission fee

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

70 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

17 days

Fastest response time

494 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 1432 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

26 days

12-month average response time

Submission calls

    Fiction, Nonfiction

    Jan 1, 2025 - May 1, 2025

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