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World Literature Today

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One of the world’s longest-published literary magazines. Your passport to great reading.

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  • Response time:
    8 weeks*
    Editor reported data
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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

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    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

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

Nonfiction - 2500 words max

Max words: 1

Max words: 2500

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us,

Submission fee: $

Creative nonfiction, author interviews, culture, essas


Min pieces: 1

Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $

Review (book reviews)

Max words: 1

Max words: 2500

Max pieces: 1


Max words: 1

Max words: 2500

Max pieces: 1

Submission fee: $


Max words: 1

Max words: 2500

Submission fee: $


Max words: 1

Max words: 2500

Max pieces: 1


No specific limitations

How to submit

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  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Text Preparation. In matters of style and formatting, follow the guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed., 2017, hereafter CMS) when preparing your document. When submitting your work, our preference is for email attachments in Microsoft Word documents (PC or Mac), with fancy formatting (styles) kept to a minimum. Online information about the Chicago Manual can be found at For matters of spelling, we prefer the eleventh edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. For essays, place the article title at the top of the first page, then place your name on a separate line. A brief deck head (25-40 words) should precede the article, giving readers a pithy, catchy preview of what’s to follow. Your institutional affiliation or city of residence should follow the concluding line of the text and be placed at the right-hand margin, italicized. Following your affiliation, please add two or three sentences about yourself and your current projects (40-50 words). For translations, include a brief bio about the author (40-50 words) and a shorter one about yourself (20-25 words), plus a source note about the original (e.g., From Cien sonetos de amor, copyright © 1960 by Pablo Neruda. English translation copyright © 1986 by Stephen Tapscott). Titles and Names. The title of a published work should be given in the original language upon first reference in your article, followed by a parenthetical English translation, either a previously published one—for example, Jiu guo (1992; Eng. The Republic of Wine, 2000)—or your own transliteration in sentence-style caps: for example, No sé por qué (2011; I don’t know why). Subsequent references should be either all in the original or all in the English version. Original titles from languages not using the Roman alphabet (Russian, Greek, Arabic, etc.) should be rendered in a standard transliteration. For more details, see CMS, chapters 8 and 11. Quotations. Short quotations should be worked into the body of the text; quotations of four lines or more may be set off as extracts. Do not use MLA-style parenthetical page citations in running text; they may be used with extracts, however, or placed in an endnote if they accompany a substantive note. A moderate number of citations from foreign languages may be used, particularly when the illustration involves a linguistic or stylistic point. For long and/or difficult passages in these languages, however, please provide an English version only, either your own or a published one. When in doubt, follow the guidelines set forth in CMS, chapter 11. Notes and Bibliographies. Notes should be kept to a bare minimum, particularly avoiding long, digressive comments, the use of ibid., notes citing only a page number, etc. For an excellent discussion on shortening the length and number of citations, see CMS 14.29-36. Footnotes will be converted to endnotes in the published version of your article. Do not include a list of works cited; if a book title is mentioned in the text, follow the convention listed in the “Titles and Names” section, above. If an article or chapter can be found online, include the URL in a note, which we’ll hyperlink in the digital version of your piece. Illustrations. We welcome suggestions for possible illustrations (artwork, photography, or graphics) to accompany your text. Illustrations should be submitted as 300dpi digital files (color tiff or jpeg files preferred, grayscale for b/w). A separate list of captions and credit lines should accompany the illustrations, clearly keyed by number, as well as releases granting WLT permission to reproduce them. Permissions. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint any material under copyright that exceeds the guidelines of fair use or does not have a Creative Commons license. When requesting permission from the rights holder, please ask for nonexclusive world rights in English, for all editions. Guidelines on fair use and copyright can be found in CMS, chapter 4.

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    A manuscript, or its essential content, must not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

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World Literature Today is the University of Oklahoma's award-winning magazine of international literature and culture, founded in 1927. The editors welcome submissions on contemporary literary and cultural topics addressing any geographic region or language area, as long as your work is not simultan...

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    Editor Daniel Simon avatar

    Daniel Simon


    Editor Michelle Johnson avatar

    Michelle Johnson

    managing editor

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    Rob Vollmar

    book review editor