World Literature Today

Type Of Organization
(405) 325-0317
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The mission of World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning magazine of international literature and culture, is to serve as an engaging and informative index to 21st century literature across the globe by keeping a finger, so to speak, on the mental pulse of the world. The offices of WLT also function as a campus humanities center by sponsoring international literary festivals, awarding two prestigious literary prizes, and empowering students to achieve their educational and professional goals as aspiring writers and editors. With an annual readership of over 800,000, WLT is a vital part of the worldwide literary conversation and an authoritative voice in promoting and interpreting world literature.

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If Yes, Please Name
University of Oklahoma
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Daniel Simon
Contact Title
Assistant Director and Editor in Chief
Submissions Policy
The editors welcome submissions on contemporary literary and cultural topics addressing any geographic region or language area. By “contemporary,” we mean that our main focus is on the 21st-century literary scene. The bulk of our coverage consists of essays, book reviews, fiction, poetry, and interviews. We accept submissions year-round. We do not generally accept unsolicited poetry or fiction for publication. In terms of creative writing, we especially value translations from other languages but will equally consider work written originally in English. When submitting poems, upload no more than five poems in a single document (insert an extra line space between poems). For critical studies of contemporary authors, literary topics, or cultural trends, our preference is for “essays” written in the tradition of clear and lively discussion intended for a broad audience, with a minimum of scholarly apparatus (see “Back to the Essay,” WLT, Winter 2000, 5-9). When sending in your prospective contribution, please include in the body of your email or cover letter a brief explanation of how your essay would engage or enlarge our notion of world literature in the 21st century.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Year Founded
Total Circulation
805,000 (annual readership)