Cottonwood is a literary magazine publishing new and well-known writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.  The magazine also includes occasional art graphics, photos, and interviews.  We publish a wide variety of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.  Poetry submissions should be limited to the five best, fiction to one story.

Over the years authors such as William Stafford, Rita Dove, Connie May Fowler, Virgil Suarez, and Ann Waldman have appeared in the pages of Cottonwood, and recent issues have featured the work of Kim Chinquee, Quinn Dalton, Carol Lee Lorenzo, Jesse Kercheval, Joanne Lowery, and Oliver Rice, among others.

Cottonwood Magazine and Press Editor:
Phil Wedge

Fiction Editor:
Annie Trinh

Poetry Editor:
S. Johnson

Room 400 Kansas Union
1301 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

Publishes: 1/year (Fall)
Established: 1965
Circulation: 500-750
Copyrighted Publication


We welcome submissions of short fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry from new as well as established writers.
All correspondence should include an SASE with correct postage.
We will also consider e-mailed submissions. We acquire one-time rights.

Fiction length: 1500-8000 words
Flash prose length: 150-1000 words
Poetry length: 10-80 lines
Publish: 5-8 stories, 10-15 poems/issue
  2-4 reviews, photos and nonfiction pieces occasionally
Reporting time: 2-5 months
Payment: 1 copy
Sample copy: $5.00 (per copy)
Current issue: $8.00 (per copy)
Back issues: $4.00 (per copy)

Writers should address work to the appropriate editor and send to: 

Room 400 Kansas Union
1301 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas; Lawrence, KS 66045

We read submissions throughout the year, and we usually report back in about six months.


Price: USA; $15 (per year), Overseas; $18 (per year)

Sample Pages

Click here to see samples of fiction (pdf) and poetry (pdf) published in Cottonwood.

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