Cottonwood Literary Magazine

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Cottonwood is a literary magazine publishing new and well-known writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We publish a wide variety of poetry, fiction, and creative 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 Doug Ramspeck, Patricia Corbus, Joanne Lowery, Donna Pucciani, and Oliver Rice, among others.

Publishes: 1/year (Spring)

Established: 1965

Circulation: 500-750

Copyrighted Publication

Most recent issue published: Cottonwood 78 (Spring 2023), released June 2023 ($10.00)

Forthcoming issue: Cottonwood 79 (Spring 2024), expected release June 2024 ($10.00)


We welcome submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from new as well as established writers. We read submissions year-round, and usually report in 2-5 months. Please wait to submit again until after we have responded to any pending submission.

All correspondence should include an SASE with correct postage. We will also consider emailed 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: $6.00/copy

Back issues: $5.00/copy

Current issue: $10.00/copy

Subscription: $18.00/2 issues

Writers should address work to the appropriate editor via email or mail submissions to:


Room 400 Kansas Union

1301 Jayhawk Boulevard

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS 66045



Phil Wedge

Magazine and Press Editor

Colleen Morrissey

Fiction Editor

*Prose submissions now closed.

Stephen Johnson

Poetry Editor

Eric Bader

Production Manager


Kansas Union, Room 400

1301 Jayhawk Boulevard

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS 66045