Guidelines to submit (Certainly, it doesn’t hurts to buy an issue and check out out content): We are currently OPEN for Issue 5.


Issue 5:  R*C*G …race…class…gender (Spring 2018):  If it’s good enough to end up on a blog, or comment thread, or cable news…then we don’t want it. In these uncivil times, we’re looking for an elevating, but honest, narrative. We are looking for the opportunity to see things in ways we haven’t yet considered, in ways to enhance understanding.
Closing Date: Not set

For Electronic Submissions, CLICK HERE

We accept snail mail submissions @:

Attn. Joe Barrera, Publisher
PO Box 2663
Colorado Springs, CO. 80901-2663

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 must contain author/artist name, genre (e.g.-memoir, poem, etc…), word count, email, phone number, and address at the top left corner. 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 <10,000 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, <10,000 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 to 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) what we like to call marginelia, which is 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 six weeks.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.  All work must be original to the author.

The Almagre Review typically asks for First North American Serial Rights for our paper and electronic 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 new 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.