The Almagre Review is a humble Colorado Springs journal, run by a small staff of impassioned lovers of art and literature. In the spirit of transparency, we produce our paper issues with the use of print-on-demand technology. If your desire is the universal reach and prestige of the New Yorker, then we are not your desired destination. If, however, you believe in art close to community and editors in service to our contributors, then we humbly ask of you an opportunity to work together.

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We are currently not accepting submissions.

The Almagre Review accepts short stories, flash fiction, novel excerpts, memoirs, essays, and poems. We also feature illustrations that enhance contributor material. Email John, Joe, or Kirsten if more specific information is desired.

Important: All submissions should contain author/artist name, genre (e.g.-memoir, poem, etc…), word count, email, phone number, and address at the top. Please include a brief bio

While our journal is for writers of all backgrounds, we consider ourselves a friendly home for veterans. Women and men who served will be given careful attention at The Almagre Review.

Fiction (short stories and flash)

Short stories <8,000 words (prefer <6,000). Flash fiction <1,000. We seek literary and mainstream fiction. No genre fiction. Although we’re not a sci-fi pub, a literary minded sci-fi story does have a chance, (so long as the “idea” prevails over blasters and warp drives).

Novel Excerpts

One or two chapters, <8,000 words, that can stand alone on the merit if its prose. The contributor should include a few sentences to clarify the context of the excerpt within the larger framework of the novel.

Memoirs & Essays

Please keep <6,000 words. We’re looking for topics that will interest our intelligent citizens along the Front Range. Refer to an upcoming theme, or simply send us your best writing. The Almagre Review is interested in people’s lives and their philosophical/cultural/political opinions. Keep in mind this is not a journalism publication; it is a literary one.


Send us up to three poems, preferably linked by a theme. Although we love a good poem, the esoteric or excruciatingly solipsistic poem will struggle to make it in.


Contact us if you are interested in providing illustrations that would enhance author material. We have three main goals for art. First) images to go with pieces in the issue. Second) an “Around Town” section that illustrates local scenes. Third) marginalia, or margin doodles (they delight the mind).


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All submissions should include a brief author/artist bio (Let us know who you are; if your work appears in our journal, we’d like to tell our readers about you).  Our response time can vary from several weeks to several months. Feel free to enquire after a month.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please refrain from multiple submissions to us; one project at a time.  All work must be original to the author.

The Almagre Review asks for First North American Serial Rights for our paper issue, with the request that we can anthologize the piece should the opportunity arise.

As much as we would love to pay our contributors, we are a small Colorado journal in the process of growing. That day will come. In the meantime, we supply our contributors with a paper copy of their own.

We look forward to reading your work and building a partnership; the privilege is ours.

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A Colorado Literary Journal. The Almagre Review publishes quality fiction, short stories, novel excerpts, memoirs, essays, and intelligent writing that defines the narrative of the Rocky Mountains and the prairies.