Literary Matters currently accepts submissions only from ALSCW members in good standing. If you are not a current member of the ALSCW, you may apply by following the instructions here. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted at this time.
Literary Matters has two submissions periods: September 1st-December 1st and February 1st-May 1st.
Literary Matters seeks to publish the best in contemporary poetry, criticism, and literary translation. We publish both emerging and established authors with the ambition of helping literature to thrive in both scholarly and creative environments. Submissions may be e-mailed to literary matters submissions @ gmail.com (click on the link) or sent by snail-mail to
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20064
Criticism: Submit one essay (not exceeding 5000 words) or one review (1500-2500 words) at a time. Submissions should be typewritten, double-spaced, and paginated, and the author’s name and contact information should appear on the first page. Please give the title of the submission in your cover letter.
Poetry: Submit up to five poems, totaling no more than ten pages. The author’s name and contact information should appear on each page. Please name each submission in the cover letter.
Translation: Submit up to five translated poems, totaling no more than ten pages. Be sure to include a copy of the each poem in the original language. Translators submitting work not in the public domain will need to prove they have permission from the original authors for their translations. The translator’s name and contact information should appear on each page. Please name each submission in the cover letter.