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Cimarron Review
  • Type of organization
  • Phone
    (405) 744-9476
  • Fax
    (405) 744-6326
  • Web address
  • Social media platforms used
    Facebook, Twitter
  • Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
    One of the oldest quarterlies in the nation, Cimarron Review publishes work by writers at all stages of their careers, including Pulitzer prize winners, writers appearing in the Best American Series and the Pushcart anthologies, and winners of national book contests. Since 1967, Cimarron has showcased poetry, fiction, and nonfiction with a wide-ranging aesthetic. Our editors seek the bold and the ruminative, the sensitive and the shocking, but above all they seek imagination and truth-telling, the finest stories, poems, and essays from working writers across the country and around the world. Cimarron Review has published authors such as Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago, John Ashbery, Pam Houston, Molly Giles, Nona Caspers, Robert Olen Butler, Mark Doty, Patricia Smith, Diane Wakoski, Marilyn Chin, David Wagoner, Tess Gallagher, Porter Fox, Richard Shelton, Kimiko Hahn, Marilyn Nelson, Richard Lyons, Dorianne Laux, Annie Finch, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Catherine Brady, Cyrus Cassells, Rick Bass, Mary Jo Bang, William Stafford, Paul Muldoon, Grace Schulman, and many others. NewPages’s Reviewer John Palen says Cimarron Review “is one of those treasures among lit magazines—a publication whose commitment to high standards keeps us honest.” The Cimarron Review is a proud member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and regularly nominates work for notable contests. The Cimarron Review thanks the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University for its generous financial support of the journal. The magazine is published four times a year out of the English Department at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK.
  • Is your group affiliated with a University, portal or other agency?
  • If Yes, please name
    Oklahoma State University
  • Primary editor/Contact person
    Toni Graham
  • Contact title
    Editor-in-Chief and Fiction Editor
  • Publishes
    essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, translation
  • Recent Awards Received
    Cimarron contributor Tracy K. Smith is the 2012 winner of the Pulitzer prize for Poetry.
  • Representative authors
    Marilyn Chin, Nona Caspers, David Galef
  • Submissions policy
    Cimarron Review is now accepting both electronic and postal submissions. Please see our website cimarronreview.com/submit for additional details We accept submissions year-round in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. All postal submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please, regardless of whether you’re submitting electronically or by postal mail, include a cover letter with your submission. Please send 3-6 poems or one piece of fiction or nonfiction. Address all work to the appropriate editor (fiction, poetry, or nonfiction) and mail postal submissions to: Cimarron Review 205 Morrill Hall English Dept.
 Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 74078 Artists and photographers interested in having their work appear on an upcoming cover of the Cimarron Review should query by E-mail at cimarronreview@okstate.edu. If our editors are interested, we’ll reply and request to see more work. We do not accept the following: ▪ Previously published work (includes work published online). ▪ E-mailed submissions of any kind. ▪ Handwritten Manuscripts We no longer accept international reply coupons from writers living outside the United States. We do not publish theme issues. We are interested in any strong writing of a literary variety, but are especially partial to fiction in the modern realist tradition and poetry that engages the reader through a distinctive voice—be it lyric, narrative, etc. When submitting fiction, please do not include a summary of your story in the cover letter. Allow the work to stand on its own. For nonfiction, we are seeking literary essays of all kinds (memoir, lyric essay, personal essay, nature writing, literary journalism, etc), as long as they have emotional depth, crisp language, an engaging voice, and a strong, coherent structure. Essays should surprise us with their imagery and their insights about life. We have no set page lengths for any genre, but we seldom publish short-shorts or pieces longer than 25 pages. There are, however, exceptions to every rule. Our guiding aesthetic is the quality of the work itself. For fiction and nonfiction, please number each page. When submitting electronically, poets should include all poems for submission in a single file. We do not accept more than one story—even if the stories are very short—in a single submission. Please send only one story at a time. When sending postal submissions, do not staple the manuscript; paperclips are the preferred fastener. Electronic submissions should be doc, docx, pdf, or rtf files and should include your contact information in the upper left or right-hand corner of each page. Response time varies, but we typically respond to submissions within 3-6 months, often much sooner. At times, however, due to a backlog, and especially for work submitted in the summer, a response may take longer. If you have not heard from us after six months, please feel free to query by sending an E-mail to cimarronreview@okstate.edu. Please do not query before six months. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed, but please contact us immediately through postal or E-mail (with the date and genre of your original submission) should your work be accepted elsewhere. Please also withdraw electronically-submitted stories accepted elsewhere through the online submission manager system. Unless poets wish to withdraw all poems from a submission, they should withdraw individual poems by E-mail or postal mail only. For publication, Cimarron Review acquires First North American Serial Rights. After publication, rights revert to the author. At this time, the Cimarron Review pays its contributors two copies of the issue in which their work appears. You may contact us through postal mail or at cimarronreview@okstate.edu. Also, please do not submit again to the Cimarron Review until you have heard from us. We reserve the right to send multiple submissions back to the author with no response. (See website for details)
  • Accepts unsolicited submissions?
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted
  • Reading period
    Year round
  • Reporting time
    2 - 6 months
  • Author Payments
  • Contests
  • Number of paid staff
  • Number of unpaid staff
  • Distributors
    Ubiquity, Kent News, NewPages
  • CLMP Member?
  • How many writers did you publish in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
  • How many live events did you present in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
  • Total Circulation
  • Paid Subscriptions
  • Individual Price
  • Insitutional Price
  • Single Copy Price
  • Back Issues Available
  • Ads?
  • Ad Rate
    Contact us via email: cimarronreview@okstate.edu
  • Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
  • If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published?
  • Format
  • Dimensions
    8.5 - 6.5
  • Average Number of Pages

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