We are now accepting digital submissions! Please take a moment to read through some of our editorial guidance and discursive thoughts on literature for what we’re looking to publish.

What will NORTHWEST REVIEW look to publish?

We want to expand the frontier of American literature. What does that mean, exactly? Insofar that literary boundaries exist, we want you to break them. If, in your mind as a writer, you hear a voice saying, don’t break that rule, that is the rule you should break.  We are eager to read works that are formally inventive, experimental in voice or form; we want to read work from writers of marginalized communities and voices. We want to read work from writers who have never been published; we want to read work from Nobel Prize winners still trying to reach that literary nightcap of a decades-long career.

Ken Kesey, Louise Erdrich, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Ursula le Guin, Charles Bukowski, and so many others have published here, in the years past.

We are especially interested in art that defends the Earth, the environment.



We seek poetry that is singular in both its vision and voice, regardless of form, style, or content. We reject the notion that any guidance can be given about poetry. However, if you desire specifics: 

You are invited to submit between 3 to 5 unpublished poems. If you are working on longer or book-length projects, feel free to submit an excerpt up to 5 pages. Word documents are preferred. Please submit one set of poems and wait for a response before sending another set.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.