West Texas Literary Review seeks poems, essays, flash fiction, and photographs that bring value to the page. We want work that is thoughtful, deliberate, and authentic. We want work that is concrete and direct, and can justify its own existence. Think of poets like William Carlos Williams, Anne Sexton, and Nikki Giovanni. Think of essayists like George Orwell. Think of short story writers like Donald Barthelme, Octavio Paz, and Jorge Luis Borges. We want your best work and, if you send us your best work, we will treat it with respect and care.


Send up to five poems in a single document, in .rtf, .doc, .docx, or .txt format. Your poetry must be unpublished in any form.


Send one essay at a time, up to 2,500 words. We prefer shorter works with a tight focus, in the range of 1,200 to 1,800 words. We are especially interested in essays that are personal, critical, historical, or political.

Flash Fiction

Send one story at a time, up to 1,000 words. If you have two stories that are less than 500 words each, you can send both in a single document.

Photographs (black-and-white only)

Send one high resolution photograph, in .jpg, .jpeg, or .png format. Or, if you wish, send up to five photographs in a single .pdf document. We will select one black-and-white photograph for the cover of each edition, online and print. Please submit photographs that are in profile (rather than landscape) orientation. Ultimately, the print edition will be 5.5 x 8.5 inches (width x height).