Puerto del Sol

Type Of Organization
(575) 386-9551
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Puerto del Sol's mission has always been the discovery, advancement, and promotion of new writing. The current editor-in-chief is Richard Greenfield, and past editors include Kevin McIlvoy, Evan Lavender-Smith, Carmen Giménez Smith and Lily Hoang. Puerto del Sol, now published twice a year as a print issue and an online issue, was founded at NMSU in 1964 as a 25 page stapled venue for student creative writing and art; over the next decade it developed into a nationally and internationally acclaimed literary journal, averaging 225 pages per issue, perfect-bound, with a four-color cover. Since its beginning, Puerto del Sol has attracted original work from such renowned and influential writers as Joy Harjo, David Foster Wallace, George Saunders, Pam Houston, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Esther Lee, Robert Boswell, Peter Turchi, Grace Dane Mazur, René Char, T. Zachary Cotler, Brian Evenson, Blas Falconer, Rob Schlegel, Elisa Gabbert, James Grinwis, Martha Silano, Philip Jenks, Simone Muench, Roberto Tejada, Rosa Alcalá, Shya Scanlon, Craig Santos Perez, Kim Chinquee, Dan Beachy-Quick, Laura Kasischke, Sam Witt, Arielle Greenberg, Helen DeWitt, Blake Butler, Jenny Boully, Rodrigo Toscano, Julie Carr, Mónica de la Torre, and Susan Briante, among many others. On a national and international stage, Puerto del Sol aids new writers to reach their readers through publication in our journal. The magazine exuberantly embodies the motto of "BE BOLD" by showcasing contemporary, innovative and socially and historically relevant work that may be unknown to readers. Overall, we seek to "elevate creativity." The writing we publish arrives from countries not well exposed in the American mainstream or through writing in translation. The emphasis, especially on writers from the border region and Spanish language literature, also aligns with NMSU's designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. We publish writing produced by people of underrepresented races, ages, and sexual identities. Providing free access to the magazine through our online edition allows us to provide access to relevant and vital literature to all communities via the internet. Furthermore, the magazine is distributed to university libraries across the country in both print and digital formats. The magazine was recently featured at the International Book Exposition in Seoul, South Korea. We are represented at America's largest writing conferences and book fairs (AWP) each year. Our issue launches at these conferences feature writers we have published, and they attract a diverse audience. Selections from Puerto del Sol are considered for the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Awards, Best American Short Stories, Best of the Net Awards, and other awards, and we publish the annual winners of the AWP Intro Awards in addition to running two juried contests in poetry and prose each year.

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Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
New Mexico State University
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Richard Greenfield
Contact Title
Editor in Chief
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation
Representative Authors
Salgado Maranhão, Jake Skeets, Kim Yi-Deum
Submissions Policy
General Submissions for Puerto del Sol (copied from https://www.puertodelsol.org/genereal-submissions) For over half a century, Puerto del Sol has been dedicated to provide a forum for inventive and fresh fiction, poetry, reviews, criticism, and artwork; and we strive to publish voices from emerging and established writers and artists. Most importantly, we pride ourselves in not following a standardized aesthetic—instead, we seek work that presents authenticity, sincerity, and respect. We recommend reading our most current issue or works from our online journal to get a sense of the content we have published recently. Thank you for your interest in our magazine, and we look forward to reading your work. ​ Puerto del Sol accepts submissions year round but only reads from August to April. Response times vary. Please give us at least 6 months to respond due to the large number of submissions we receive. ​ Please do not submit more than once per year. While we do accept simultaneous submissions, please notify us promptly should your work be accepted elsewhere. We do not consider previously published work. ​ Submission Guidelines: POETRY SUBMISSIONS are limited to five (5) poems. Please include all poems in one document (.docx and .doc are preferred). Please list the titles of your poems in the "Title" box of our submission form. ​ PROSE SUBMISSIONS are limited to one (1) self-contained work (no excerpts), including flash prose. All prose should be typed in 12-point font, Times New Roman (or any other serif typeface), and double spaced. Please indicate if your submission is fiction, nonfiction, or autofiction. ​ Please include a biographical statement and cover letter with each submission. Note that we no longer accept hardcopy submissions. Any and all hardcopy submissions will be recycled without being opened. We accept work exclusively through our Submittable submission manager. ​
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 09 / 01 - 05 / 01
Reporting Time
6 - 9 months
Author Payments
none, subscription
Puerto del Sol Prose Contest Puerto del Sol Poetry Contest
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