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 this Fall.

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.


The art of translation provides a critical avenue into new literary forms and psychological landscapes: if you are a translator working on an original work in a non-English language, we want to see it. Here’s the thing: if we’re not able to publish the English side-by-side, it may not showcase your skill as a translator. To that end, if you are able to translate an existing work of English in the Public Domain, such as a poem written by Emily Dickinson, or a scene out of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, into a non-English language, we’d love to see it and publish it side by side. If you would like to study the art of translation, consider our publisher’s interview with the legendary translator Gregory Rabassa, who translated One Hundred Years of Solitude and Hopscotch into English, to get a clear idea on how to pursue life as a translator. The shorter the manuscript, the more likely we’ll be able to publish it. If you need a limit, try to stay within five double-spaced pages or less. 

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