Guidelines for the American Literary Review Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay.

Please submit your work using our online Submission Manager. We do not accept submissions via snail mail or email.

Contest entries must be submitted between June 1 and October 1

There is a $15.00 reading fee. Multiple entries are acceptable, but each entry must be accompanied by a reading fee. Entries without a reading fee will not be read or considered.

Please do not put any identifying information in the file itself; include the author’s name, title(s), address, e-mail address, and phone number in the boxes provided on Submittable.

Genre-Specific Guidelines

  • Short Fiction: One work of fiction per entry ($15), limit 8,000 words per work
  • Creative Nonfiction: One work per entry fee ($15), limit 4,000 words per work.
  • Poetry: Entry fee covers up to three poems (i.e. one to three poems would require an entry fee of $15; four to six poems would be $30, and so on).