Denver Quarterly is the literary journal housed in the Department of English & Literary Arts at the University of Denver, currently in its 55th year of consecutive print publication. Founded by novelist John Williams in 1966, the journal has had work honored in the Pushcart Anthology, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Essays, The Best American Short Stories, and The Best American Poetry.

Denver Quarterly welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poetry and prose between the months of October and February. We welcome submissions of previously unpublished conversations, critiques, performance, reviews, translations, and other critical-creative experiments year-round.

Contributors receive two copies of the issues in which their work appears and a year-long subscription.

Denver Quarterly seeks to offer diverse publications that embody the wide-ranging possibilities for the worlds from which writing may come, and the worlds our authors imagine and write into being. We welcome the work of writers and artists from marginalized communities, identities, and traditions; those who work with differing abilities or who are non-professional writers; and those who have otherwise been traditionally excluded from the space of literary journals. We do not tolerate submissions that contain hate speech, bigotry, discrimination, or racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or ableist language or violence of any kind.

We do consider simultaneous submissions; we ask that you inform us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. If you need to partially withdraw pieces from your submission, use the note section on Submittable indicating the titles that are no longer available.

We accept print submissions only from those who are incarcerated, or from those whose abilities or resources do not include stable access to the internet or technology. If you identify in at least one of these groups and need to send your work to us in hard copy, our mailing address is Denver Quarterly, 495 Sturm Hall, Department of English & Literary Arts, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208.

Please wait to hear back from us regarding your current submission before sending another piece of writing, and do not send more than one submission at a time. Unless requested, please wait at least six months between sending submissions.

Once your work has been published with us, wait at least two full calendar years before submitting again to any genre. 

Any submissions that are sent to us outside these parameters will not be read.

Please visit our website for information on ordering back issues and subscriptions: http://www.du.edu/denverquarterly/index.html. We highly recommend that you spend time with the journal and the work of our contributors to get a sense for the writing we publish.

Thank you for your interest in Denver Quarterly. We look forward to reading your work!

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F I V E S: a companion to Denver Quarterly is a digital companion in conversation with Denver Quarterly. F I V E S  is a digital journal of interdisciplinary, innovative creative and critical work, released on a rolling basis throughout the year. F I V E S  welcomes submissions of interdisciplinary and cross-genre work not typically publishable in print-form. Submit your audio-scapes, visual work, prose, poetry, and  artistic experiments of all types through the  portal  below.

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Stay tuned for details on two Special Folios for the 2021-22 Denver Quarterly series

The first, haptic acts: sites and studies of embodiment, will open for submissions on November 1st.

The second, Indigenous Voices, will open for submissions on December 1st.

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Denver Quarterly is interested in all forms of poetry and encourages experiments, derivations, plunges, incisions, compressions, dilations, metrical specificities, historical analyses, lyric challenges, or rushes—in other words, work that rides the crest of language’s wave, wherever it may be verging. We do not put the highest premium on straightforward narrative (but are not at all opposed to it), and are looking to read updates and challenges within that mode. 

Policies:

  • Submissions should be comprised of three to five poems, submitted all together in one file. 
  • If you are submitting poems with particular formatting, we recommend saving your file as a PDF.
  • Please submit only one piece to one category for our consideration, and  wait until you have heard back from us before submitting again.
  •  If you're a recent contributor, please wait at least two issue years after the issue in which your work appeared to submit again.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Notify us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere by adding a note to withdraw your poem in Submittable. We do not read previously published work.
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Denver Quarterly is interested in all forms of prose and welcomes experiments, derivations, plunges, incisions, compressions, investigations, dilations, and texts true and false, found, and invented. We look for writing that pushes on our expectations of narrative and fulfills its own ambitious charge.

Policies:

  • Submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, and all prose works in-between should generally consist of no more than 4,000 words of a single work or 3-5 flash / micro / short form pieces compiled into a single document. 
  • Excerpts from longer works are permissible.
  • If you are submitting prose with particular formatting, we recommend saving your file as a PDF.
  • Please submit only one piece to one category for our consideration, and wait until you have heard back from us before submitting again.
  •  If you're a recent contributor, please wait at least three issue years after the issue in which your work appeared to submit again.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, and please notify us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere. If you have submitted more than one piece and need to withdraw a selection please leave us a note. We do not read previously published work.

Denver Quarterly seeks to offer a platform for rich dialogue between two or more entities. This may include authors, practitioners from other artistic disciplines, or compelling figures in any discipline, practice, or trade, and may be orchestrated around a specific topic. Conversations should stimulate discussion around issues relevant to contemporary artistic life and production, offer insightful or challenging reflections (or both), or otherwise engage generative substance for our readership. Feel free to email us at denverquarterly@gmail.com to pitch conversation ideas or ask any questions.

Policies:

  • Conversations should be edited to between 3,000-4,000 words in length.
  • If you are submitting with particular formatting, we recommend saving your file as a PDF.
  • Please submit only one piece to one category for our consideration, and please wait until you have heard back from us before submitting again.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, and please notify us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere by adding a note withdrawing your piece in Submittable. We do not read previously published work

Denver Quarterly is interested in terrain-shifting work relating to theory and praxis. Critique submissions should provoke questions about our assumptions and inherited positions of literary works and beyond, with a close examination of artistic and theoretical paradigms and the ways in which we consider and approach our usual way of engaging the arts and the world. Critiques may be a traditional essay form, or can work in a visionary manner of your choice.

Policies:

  • Critiques should generally consist of no more than 3,500 words. 
  • Please use MLA style for your references.
  • If you are including quotations of more than two lines of poetry, including an image, or a paragraph of prose, please seek permissions for each quotation before submitting your essay.
  • If you are submitting with particular formatting, we recommend saving your file as a PDF.
  • Please submit only one piece to one category for our consideration, and please wait until you have heard back from us before submitting again.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, and please notify us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere by adding a note withdrawing your piece in Submittable. We do not review previously published work.

Denver Quarterly is interested in texts intended to be performed in some capacity, including drama, flash mobs, performance art, monologues, scripted choreography, or your vision of choice. 

Policies:

  • Performance submissions should generally consist of no more than 4,000 words, but may be much shorter as the project requires.
  • Excerpts from longer works are permissible.
  • If you are submitting performance texts with particular formatting, we recommend saving your file as a PDF.
  • Please submit only one piece to one category for our consideration, and please wait until you have heard back from us before submitting again.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, and please notify us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere by adding a note withdrawing your piece in Submittable. We do not read previously published work.

Denver Quarterly is interested in reviews of recently published, historically under-acknowledged texts or authors, or fresh and innovative perspectives that update or expand our understanding of historical figures. Submit your written review with a brief entry in your cover letter indicating the text you have selected and how it is situated within these suggestions. 

Policies:

  • Reviews should generally run between 1,500 and 3,000 words total. Review Essays should be no more than 5,000 words total.
  • Please include, after the title and before your review, the book’s information. Example: Title. First Name Last Name. City: Publisher, Year. Pages. Price.
  • Please submit to each category only once per submissions cycle. If you're a recent contributor, please wait at least three issue years after the issue in which your work appeared to submit again.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, and please notify us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere by adding a note withdrawing your piece in Submittable. We do not read previously published work.

Note: Denver Quarterly values the rigor of the review process. In the interest of an ethical position towards works under review, the journal requires that any close connection with the author of a book under review be disclosed in the submission.  Reviews are not limited to prose and poetry; reviewers are encouraged to consider performance texts, visual art texts, critical theory, or other topics relevant to our readership.

Denver Quarterly seeks to showcase exceptional work that has been translated into English. We look for translated work that complements the journal’s aesthetic and is in sync with our experimental legacy.  For example, in poetry and prose we look for experiments, derivations, plunges, incisions, compressions, investigations, dilations, and texts true and false, found, and invented. We look for writing that pushes on our expectations of narrative and fulfills its own ambitious charge.

Policies:

  • Translations should adhere to the guidelines of their respective form: Poetry (3-5 poems), Prose generally no more than 4,000 words of a single work or 3-5 flash / micro / short form pieces compiled into a single document, and Performance generally no more than 4,000 words.
  • Translators are responsible for the negotiation and handling of any copyright permissions in relation to the work they submit.
  • Though not required, translators are invited to submit a Translator’s Note of 350 words or less.
  • If you are submitting with particular formatting, we recommend saving your file as a PDF.
  • Please submit only one piece to one category for our consideration, and please wait until you have heard back from us before submitting again.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, and please notify us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere by adding a note withdrawing your piece in Submittable. We will not consider previously published translations.

Denver Quarterly publishes visual art on our covers and at our digital companion to the journal. Submissions should be of sufficient quality for print (300dpi). Submissions may be in any visual medium. 

  • Please submit to each category only once per submissions cycle. For Visual Art, this means that we ask you wait at least six months between submissions, and that you do not submit to any of our other categories until you have heard back from us on your submission. Submissions outside these bounds will not be read.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, and please notify us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere by adding a note withdrawing your piece in Submittable. 

F I V E S: A Companion to Denver Quarterly  is a digital companion in conversation with Denver Quarterly, our print journal. F I V E S  is a digital journal of interdisciplinary poetics for innovative creative and critical work, released on a rolling basis throughout the year. F I V E S  welcomes submissions of interdisciplinary and cross-genre work not typically publishable in print-form. Submit your audioscapes, visual work, prose, poetry, and your artistic experiments of all types. 

Policies:

  • If you are submitting with particular formatting, we recommend saving your file as a PDF.
  • Please submit only one piece to one category for our consideration, and please wait until you have heard back from us before submitting again.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, and please notify us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere by adding a note withdrawing your piece in Submittable. 
  • We do not review previously published work.
  • Please keep in mind: we will not consider any work that is clearly not designed for the digital environment as an essential part of its being and becoming. It will be declined.
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