Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
We publish poetry and prose fiction of high quality and encourage submissions from a wide variety of writers. We read submissions year round. Please include an SASE with submission. Simultaneous and e-mailed submissions also accepted.
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
University of Kansas
Primary Editor/Contact Person
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Rita Dove, Virgil Suarez, Cris Mazza
Submit 4-6 poems and one story (1,000 to 7,000 words); include SASE Simultaneous and e-mailed submissions accepted.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
2 - 4 months
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Average Print Run
$15 / Institution $10.5
Single Copy Price
Total Number Of Issues Published
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
6 - 9
Average Number Of Pages
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
After serving as Poetry Editor from 1984-2018, I succeeded the retiring Tom Lorenz as Editor in 2019.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
The Editor oversees the development and production of Cottonwood Magazine and Press. Fiction is chosen by the Fiction Editor, Colleen Morrissey, and Poetry by Poetry Editor Stephen Johnson, in consultation with several readers.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Brief bio., indicate whether you want mss. returned or not. Include SASE.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Several readers read material initially. Editors make choices based on reader advice.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Read a copy of the magazine.