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Colorado Review

Literary Magazine






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Launched in 1956 (with the first issue featuring work by Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, E. E. Cummings, Henry Miller, Bertolt Brecht, and Mark van Doren), Colorado Review is a national literary journal featuring contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews.


  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:  / 
    77 days*
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  • 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

    From the editors

    two 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

Payment: $

Currently closed. There is no specific word or page count; generally, however, Colorado Review prefers short stories and essays that are somewhere between 15 and 25 manuscript pages. We do not accept flash fiction or nonfiction.


Max pieces: 1

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $

There is no specific word or page count; generally, however, Colorado Review prefers short stories and essays that are somewhere between 15 and 25 manuscript pages. We do not accept flash fiction.


Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $

any style


Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $

Aim for 750 to 1,000 words in your review. While there is certainly a space for negative book reviews, Colorado Review is not that space. This is not to say you should refrain from offering criticism, simply that we wish to recommend the books we choose for review. The review should offer a well-crafted blend of summary and analysis, and avoid scholarly criticism. If you’re unfamiliar with the distinction, please look to such popular publications as Rain Taxi or the review section of the New York Times to get an idea of what we’re looking for. The review should provide a sense of what the book is about and should be accessible to any reader of literature. If your review is rife with academic jargon, it’s probably not what we’re looking for. Please don’t send us a review of your friend’s/colleague’s/professor’s/student’s book. While you may have met the author at a conference or are perhaps even an acquaintance, you should not have a relationship with the author that will compromise your ability to praise and/or criticize the work objectively.


Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $

Please upload proof of permission to translate with your submission document.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    Pays! $10 per page ($30 minimum) for poetry and $200 for short stories and essays. Authors also receive two copies of the issue in which they are published and a one-year subscription to CR.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

77 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

22 days

Fastest response time

491 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 901 days, 939 days, 932 days, 513 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

82 days

12-month average response time

Managed by editors

Submission calls

    Fiction, Poetry, Translation


    Deadline: Mar 31, 2025

    Nonfiction, Review


    Fiction, Poetry, Translation

    Aug 1, 2024 - Mar 31, 2025







    Editor Stephanie G'Schwind avatar

    Stephanie G'Schwind


    Editor C. E. Janecek avatar

    C. E. Janecek

    Managing Editor

    Editor Lauren Furman avatar

    Lauren Furman

    Assistant Managing Editor