The Concrete Desert Review

Type Of Organization
(909) 537-8202
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The Concrete Desert Review is a student-led literary magazine comprised of students from California State University San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus. Our mission is to create accessible ways for diverse perspectives to showcase their work. We are particularly interested in work by writers, poets, and artists from marginalized communities. The Concrete Desert Review strives to feature the most distinct and ambitious voices of the day, whether they echo as a whisper or as a roar. Though our literary magazine was founded on a strong sense of community, we look forward to literary, poetic, and visual works from far beyond the boundaries of the San Bernardino mountains.

Social Media Platforms Used
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
California State University, San Bernardino -- Palm Desert Campus
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Gina Hanson
Contact Title
Faculty Editor
Submissions Policy
General Guidelines -- The Concrete Review publishes two online and one print issue a year. All work will be considered for both online and print publication. All work will also be considered for production in our Concrete Review Podcast. We are particularly interested in work from marginalized writers. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if the work is been accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not accepted. Please wait to hear back from us on a submission before sending us more work. We are currently not accepting reprints. Only previously unpublished work, please. We do not accept work from current faculty and staff of California State University, San Bernardino. However, CSUSB students, including alumni, are encouraged to submit. Please indicate in your cover letter your graduation year and major. All contributors to the print issue will receive two free copies of the issue. Currently, we cannot offer our contributors payment, but we hope to be able to at some point in the future. Poetry -- Please submit up to 5 poems in a maximum of ten pages per submission. Micropoetry -- To be considered for our social media poetry series, please send up to five poems with each poem being no more than 280 characters max. Prose -- Please submit one piece of fiction or non-fiction of up to 5,000 words in standard manuscript format. All files must be either .doc or .docx. While our journal is primarily in English, we will consider work in Spanish or in a blend of Spanish and English. We will consider genre stories as long as they appeal to the readers of literary works. Please no extreme violence or sexual abuse. Visual Arts -- We are currently accepting artwork for both our online and print publications. Files will only be accepted in the following formats: JPEGs, JPGs, PNGs, GIFs with a minimum of 300 DPI. We reserve the right to crop or edit visual art submissions if needed. Audio -- We are currently collecting material for our Concrete Desert Podcast. If you have an audio performance you’d like us to consider, please query before submitting. Submit using our online submission system. Please include a short 50-70 word bio (written in the third person) in your cover letter to include with your work should we accept it for publication.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Author Payments
Year Founded
Average Print Run
(anticipated) 300-500
Total Circulation
0 (haven't published first issue yet)