York Literary Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

General Guidelines

York Literary Review
is a journal of new writing and criticism, and its very first issue will be published this spring. For this issue, we're looking for the best new fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews from both established and new writers. We are also interested in submissions of visual art to be featured alongside new writing.

For this second issue, submissions open 25 Jan 2017 and the deadline is midnight GMT, 7 Feb 2017. Responses will be sent shortly after, although we won't be able to provide individual feedback on all submissions. There is no theme for this issue, and we are happy to receive work in any form, subject or genre. More innovative writing is strongly encouraged.

All submissions should be previously unpublished and in English, although we do accept translations of poetry, as long as the original text is provided. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please provide a title, submit in either Word or PDF format, and include a short bio in your cover letter, indicating any previous publications. Please send no more than one submission in each category for this issue, and see individual category guidelines for further details.

All contributors will receive an honorarium from York Literary Review.

Please see individual category guidelines below for further details:


New fiction, including short stories or excerpts, should total no more than 3,000 words.

Non-Fiction & Essays

We welcome submissions of creative-nonfiction and essays on contemporary literature. Essays for this issue should be for a general, rather than academic readership, and of no more than 3,000 words.


New poetry in any form. Please send no more than 3 poems.


We invite reviews of any contemporary writing (or literary events or performances) in reviews or review essays between 1,000 and 2,000 words.


Finally, we invite submissions of visual art and photography to be featured alongside new writing, either online or in print. Submissions should be in JPG format, but should also include a link to an online portfolio, where possible. Artists will be contacted regarding the type of illustrations or images we are interested in.