The Texas Review accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, short plays, and comics/art. We accept unsolicited submissions via Submittable. Unsolicited submissions sent via email or regular mail will be deleted/recycled unread. 

General Guidelines

Send a single short story in a fiction submission, a single essay in a nonfiction submission, a single play in a play submission, up to 5 poems in a poetry submission, and up to 15 pages in a comics/art submission.

Prose (fiction and nonfiction) should be double-spaced and page numbered. Poetry and plays should be single-spaced. Poetry, prose, and plays should be submitted in a single file, either Word or PDF. Comics/art should be submitted as a single PDF file.


Though we curate a wide range of work reflecting contemporary poetics, we are excited to showcase poetry and hybrid forms that play, risk, and subvert form, whether through genre-crossing, language-crossing, or other ways of experiment. Submit Poetry


Our favorite fiction draws us into lives and situations we don’t usually see in print. We’re open to experimental fiction, flash fiction, and magical realism, but we don’t publish genre fiction. While we technically consider novella-length work, such pieces are at something of a disadvantage. Simply put: the longer it is, the more compelling it has to be. Submit Fiction


We consider memoir, lyric essays, literary journalism, and experimental/hybrid forms. We do not consider unsolicited scholarly essays, literary/cultural criticism, or reviews. We are especially interested in topics, perspectives, and forms that are underrepresented in publishing. When we read nonfiction we want to learn and experience something new. Submit Nonfiction


We only consider short plays (about 10 minutes or less). We are especially interested in plays that work well on the page, usually because of the lyricism of their dialogue or stage directions. We are generally more interested in plays that are nonrealist or experimental in nature, as well as plays that engage politically with the world at large. Submit Play


We consider sequential art/comics, visual experiments, and portfolios of photography, illustration, collage, and so on. The page size of the Texas Review is 6.5 inches by 9 inches, so any art will need to fit in an area slightly smaller than that (to accommodate margins and binding). We consider both black-and-white and full-color art. Submit Comics/Art