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Guidelines

Crazyhorse welcomes general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from September 1st through May 31st, with the exception of the month of January, during which we only accept entries for the Crazyhorse Prizes, and the month of July, during which we only accept entries for Crazyshorts!, our annual short-short fiction contest.

We ask that submissions of fiction and nonfiction be between 2,500 and 8,500 words in length. Exceptional work that falls outside this range has found a home in Crazyhorse in the past, but it is an unusual occurrence. For poetry, please submit a set of 3-5 poems. More specific guidelines for each genre can be found below.

We are happy to consider simultaneous submissions. For prose, please withdraw your work from consideration if it has been accepted elsewhere. For poetry, should any of the poems in your submission be accepted elsewhere while under consideration with Crazyhorse, please add a note to your submission to alert us that they are no longer available.

Our response time is typically 16-36 weeks. If your work is under serious consideration, it may take longer.


FICTION

Crazyhorse is open to all narrative styles and forms, and are always on the lookout for something we haven’t seen before. Send a story we won’t be able to forget.

Recent fiction contributors include: Michael Kardos, Molly Reid, Ben Fowlkes, Julialicia Case, Erika Krouse, Shubha Sunder, Mark Jude Poirier, and Patrick Ryan.

Submit Fiction


POETRY

Crazyhorse aims to publish work that reflects the multiple poetries of the twenty-first century.

We publish poets at all stages of their writing careers and are interested in publishing poets from underrepresented communities.

Submit Poetry


NONFICTION

We believe creative nonfiction can take any shape, from letter to list, from biography to memoir, from ekphrasis to critique, from flash to long-form.

We’re especially eager to work with emerging writers from underrepresented communities.

Submit Nonfiction


PUBLICATION RIGHTS & AUTHOR PAYMENT

Crazyhorse acquires First North American Serial Rights to published works, which means that copyright for any works published in Crazyhorse revert to the author upon publication. As part of the journal’s publication contract, we request your permission to feature published works or excerpts on Crazyhorse’s website and in its advertising.

Payment for accepted work: $20 per page of layout with a maximum $200 payment.