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 are looking for formally inventive black-and-white illustrative portraits. Think of this as a hand-drawn, or hand-painted sketch of someone in black and white; label it if you feel like a word or two adds to the beauty of your drawing; we’d like to include as many instances of visual self-expression along with written forms of literature as well. This is not a photographic selfie; think Morisot, Manet, Picasso, Krasner, DeKooning; draw someone who inspires you.


We are open to graphic narratives, comics, or other works that blur the line between illustration and narrative. Think Persepolis, Habibi, Maus. Send it over!


Additionally we’d love to see your black and white photography that is: experimental in technique, environmental in spirit, but also anything that raises a gigantic middle finger to the global capitalist industrial military complex and says ENOUGH.  

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.