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The US based Crazyhorse has been publishing the best established and emerging writers for over 50 years – fiction, non fiction and poetry and is based in the Department of English at the College of Charleston, Georgia. Having published many prize winning authors, Crazyhorse has a high standard of entry – check out the current issue here, and has been described as “a rare gem among many magazines of its kind.”

Crazyhorse welcomes general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from September 1st through to May 31st, with the exception of the month of January, during which they only accept entries for the Crazyhorse Prizes.

From January 1st to January 31st, submit short stories and essays of up to 25 pages or a set of 1-3 poems – winners in each genre will receive $2,000 and publication. All entries will be considered for publication, and more than one manuscript may be entered. Before submission, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript. Simultaneous submissions are okay, as long as you contact us should the work be accepted elsewhere. The international entry fee is a steep one at  $35  ($20 for US) but the entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse.

Outside of January, Crazyhorse ask that submissions of fiction and nonfiction are 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.

The editors are happy to consider simultaneous submissions, as long as you withdraw your work from consideration if it has been accepted elsewhere. Their response time is typically 10-16 weeks.


ANTHONY VARALLO is Crazyhorse fiction editor – his second story collection, Out Loud, won the 2008 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. His first collection, This Day in History, won the 2005 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and his stories have appeared in Gettysburg ReviewNew England ReviewEpochAmerican Short Fiction, and elsewhere. His third story collection, Think of Me and I’ll Know, will be published by Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books in late 2013. He is an associate professor of English at the College of Charleston.

BRET LOTT  looks after nonfiction and is the bestselling author of 13 books, most recently the novel Dead Low Tide (Random House 2012). From 1986 to 2004 he was writer-in-residence and professor of English at the College of Charleston. He served as editor and director of The Southern Review at Louisiana State University from 2004 to 2007, when he returned to the College of Charleston and the job he most loves: teaching.  He has been a Fulbright Senior American Scholar and writer-in-residence to Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, has spoken on Flannery O’Connor at the White House, and is a member of the National Council on the Arts.

Poetry is edited by EMILY ROSKO, the author of two poetry collections, Prop Rockery, awarded the 2011 Akron Poetry Prize, and Raw Goods Inventory, winner of the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize and the 2007 Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers from Shenandoah. Additionally, she is the editor of A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line (University of Iowa Press, 2011). A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she also is the past recipient of Poetry magazine’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She is assistant professor of English at the College of Charleston.

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