Denver Quarterly

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Denver Quarterly is a dynamic space where innovation energizes tradition. We are known for publishing works that limn the edges of experimentation and that play thoughtfully with convention. Denver Quarterly is the literary journal housed in the Department of English & Literary Arts at the University of Denver. Founded by novelist John Williams in 1966, the journal has had work honored in the Pushcart Anthology, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Essays, The Best American Short Stories, and The Best American Poetry. Denver Quarterly seeks to offer diverse publications that embody the wide-ranging possibilities for the worlds from which writing may come, and the worlds our authors imagine and write into being. We welcome the work of writers and artists from marginalized communities, identities, and traditions; those who work with differing abilities or who are non-professional writers; and those who have otherwise been traditionally excluded from the space of literary journals. We do not tolerate submissions that contain hate speech, bigotry, discrimination, or racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or ableist language or violence of any kind. In our capacity as an editorial staff, we ensure that Denver Quarterly is committed to past and future minoritized contributors, and that our journal is a supportive creative space, so that the most imaginative, critical, and challenging writing and thought will be bolstered in its pages. We seek and publish writing that imagines, indeed already lives, a more diverse and inclusive future, that illuminates what has yet been occluded from the literary-historical record. In addition to consistently publishing writers whose work we believe to not only be expressive of our wide-ranging and shifting understanding of the experimental, we also seek to publish writers over time whose own relationship to that notion expands, develops, and changes. We are committed to developing our editorial practice so that we will continue to support such work. Via our social media channels, we broadcast news of our ongoing activities as well as news of our authors’ accomplishments and forthcoming works and readings.

Social Media Platforms Used
Instagram and Twitter
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
University of Denver
Primary Editor/Contact Person
W. Scott Howard
Contact Title
Submissions Policy
Denver Quarterly welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poems, prose works, conversations, critiques, performances, reviews, translations, and other critical-creative experiments year-round. We do not charge fees for submissions. We receive electronic submissions via our Submittable page for Denver Quarterly (our print journal) and also for our electronic journal, FIVES: a companion to Denver Quarterly. For our print journal, Denver Quarterly, we accept submissions for poetry, prose, conversations, critiques, performance, reviews, translations, and visual art. For FIVES, we accept submissions for interdisciplinary, cross-genre, and multimedia work not typically publishable in print form. We accept print submissions from those who are incarcerated, who negotiate submission platform accessibility, or from those whose resources do not include stable access to the internet or technology. We also solicit submissions from emerging and established writers within and beyond the USA.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Year Founded
Average Print Run
800 printed copies per issue
Total Circulation
650 annual subscribers (on average)