Denver Quarterly is the literary journal housed at the University of Denver, currently in its 54th year of consecutive print publication. Founded by novelist John Williams in 1965, the journal has had work honored in the Pushcart Anthology, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories, and The Best American Poetry.

Denver Quarterly considers previously unpublished poetry, prose, performance, critical engagements, reviews, conversations, translations or other critical-creative experiments in October through February of each year. While we do consider simultaneous submissions, we ask that you please inform us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. If you need to make a partial withdrawal, please use the note section on Submittable indicating the titles that are no longer available. We also ask that you wait to hear back from us regarding your current submission before sending another piece of writing.

Denver Quarterly seeks to offer a diverse publication and welcomes the work of writers and artists from marginalized communities, identities, and traditions, or those who work with differing abilities, or who are non-professional writers, or who have otherwise been traditionally excluded from the space of literary journals.

Please visit our website for information on ordering back issues or to learn about submitting hard copies of your work: http://www.du.edu/denverquarterly/index.html

Thank you for your interest in Denver Quarterly. We look forward to reading your 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 to each category only once per submissions cycle.
  • 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.

SPECIAL FOLIO - COLLABORATION - Issue 54.4

Denver Quarterly’s Issue 54.4, released Summer 2020, is a special folio curated by Associate Editor, Vincent James, dedicated to “Collaboration”—work produced by two or more entities in collaboration. Submit any and all work that engages an “additional mind”—that distinct space only achievable through communal production.

Submissions may include visual work and we welcome submissions with contributors from outside traditional artistic disciplines. 

Note: collaborative projects that include sound or video elements should see the “Online + Web Issue” submissions category opening late-October as the print journal is limited in these capacities.

Policies:

  • If you are submitting with particular formatting, we recommend saving your file as a PDF.
  • Please submit to each category only once per submissions cycle.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, and please notify us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere by adding a note or withdrawing your piece in Submittable. 
  • Excerpts from longer works are permissible.

Please e-mail Associate Editor Vincent James at vincent@fatherfever.com with any questions. 


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.
  • 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 to each category only once per submissions cycle.
  • 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 not read previously published translations.
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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.
  • 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 offer a platform for rich dialog 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 individual or collective praxis, 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 to each category only once per submissions cycle.
  • 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. 
  • If you are submitting with particular formatting, we recommend saving your file as a PDF.
  • Please submit to each category only once per submissions cycle.
  • 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.

FIVES (FivesQuarterly.com—launching April 2020) is a digital companion in conversation with Denver Quarterly, our print journal. FIVES 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. 

Feel free to email denverquarterly@gmail.com / attn: Vincent James, Associate Editor with any questions.

Policies:

  • If you are submitting with particular formatting, we recommend saving your file as a PDF.
  • Please submit to each category only once per submissions cycle.
  • 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 publishes visual art on our covers and soon at our digital companion to the journal (launching Winter 2020). 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.
  • 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. 
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