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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Our mission is to perpetuate the work of artists both well known and yet-to-be-known, simultaneously enriching our world through the written word and visual arts. We strive to reflect diversity in style, content and perspective throughout prose, poetry, photography and other artwork. Our goal is to simply present the best art possible by both emerging and established creative minds. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and want to hear from underrepresented voices of all types (cis and trans women, gender non-conforming, agender, non-binary, genderqueer, those who are two-spirit, people with disabilities, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+).

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Facebook (@WestTradeReview), Instagram and Threads (@westtradereview), Bluesky (@[email protected]), and Twitter (@WTRlitmag)
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Ken Harmon
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essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews
Recent Awards Received
Best American Essays; Best Small Fictions 2023; PEN America/ Richard J Dau Prize for Emerging Writers
Representative Authors
Seth Clabough, Luke Johnson, Les Brady
Submissions Policy
We are looking for original and unpublished works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by both new and established writers. While we publish work of various styles and content, we enjoy writing that is socially engaged and seeks to elevate underrepresented literary voices. All submissions must be previously unpublished and must be accompanied by a cover letter. We often feature the work of our published writers on social media, so please include the user names of any accounts you would like us to tag (Instagram, Twitter, of Facebook). If you have a website, you may list that as well. Submit up to 5 poems or one prose piece of up to 5,000 words. Please submit multiple poems as one submission in a single Microsoft Word file (and list the title of each poem for the title of your group submission). -Include a clear title of the work. -Please double space fiction and non-fiction and single space poetry. -Include a short 3rd person biography of no more than 150 words. Work submitted without a biography will not be considered. -If your work is a simultaneous submission, please let us know immediately if it is published elsewhere. -Writers may not submit more than once per reading period.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Varies 04 / 01 - 12 / 15
Reporting Time
04 - 12 weeks
Author Payments
Phyllis Grant Zellmer Prize for Fiction and The West Trade Review Prize for Poetry (1/15-3/15 annually)
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Single Copy Price
$$15 for print edition; all online is free
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