Thank you for considering West Trestle Review as a home for your work. We are open to poetry and art by creators around the globe who identify as women or as nonbinary. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted by another publication. We strive to respond within three months. If you have not heard back from us within 90 days, feel free to give us a nudge. 

We are pleased to announce that all submissions from Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian creators of color are now free. We made this decision after reading Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist, specifically this passage:

"The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination. As President Lyndon B. Johnson said in 1965, 'You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate (her/them), bring (her/them) up to the starting line of a race and then say, "You are free to compete with all the others," and still justly believe that you have been completely fair.'"

If you are a white poet or prose writer, we hope that you will consider your $3 submission fee as a donation (of which WTR receives $1.86) to support the work of BIPOC.

In addition, we continue to offer:

  • Fairlies: Free submissions of reprints of poetry or stories by women of color and nonbinary writers of color.
  • Free art submissions

Click the button below for all of our genre-specific guidelines, and be sure to report your submission at Duotrope.  

We hope to be able to pay our contributors one day, but that time has not yet arrived. We do nominate our contributors for various prizes. We also promote our contributors' work via social media.

Thank you for your interest in West Trestle Review!

This free submission form is open to Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian folx who identify as women or as non-binary. You are welcome to submit new stories or poems or you are welcome to submit to our Fairlies feature (see below). 

  • Please send only one submission at a time.
  • Please do not combine poetry and prose in the same submission.
  • Please do not combine Fairlies and new work in the same submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but do let us know as soon as possible if your piece has been accepted by another publication. 
  • Please send up to five poems or two stories (fewer than 3,000 words each), in black, 12-point, Times New Roman typeface. double-space prose. 
  • Please wait until your work has been accepted before making / requesting edits. 
  • Feel free to include your social media handles as we make an effort to celebrate the work of West Trestlers. 

Poems and stories submitted to Fairlies will have been written by a woman of color or nonbinary writer of color and published at least one year ago in a print-only publication. Please send up to five poems or two stories (fewer than 3,000 words each) in one document. In the cover letter, please indicate that your submission is for Fairlies, include the title of each submission, the name of the journal where it was published, and the year of publication. 

Finally, when you submit to WTR, you are agreeing to be included in our occasional newsletter. 

We look forward to reading your work!

WTR staff

Dear artist, 

Thank you for considering West Trestle Review as a home for your visual art. Women and non-binary artists are welcome to submit up to five low-res images as JPEG attachments. Tell us about your process in the cover letter. If your work is chosen, we will request high-res images. We aim to respond within three months. If you haven't heard back from us in 90 days feel free to give us a nudge via Submittable. Please do send more than one image in a submission so that the editors have a sense of your work. 

Finally, by submitting your work here, you are agreeing to be added to our email list. Our newsletters are short and occasional. 

Dear poet, 

Thank you for considering West Trestle Review as a home for your work. 

We are open to work from around the globe, as long as it's written in English by a woman or nonbinary writer. Please send us five of your best poems attached here in a single document, in black Times New Roman, 12 pt. font. Please wait until your work has been accepted before making / requesting edits.

We ask that contributors wait one year after their piece was published before submitting again. 

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately through Submittable's messaging system if your work is accepted by another publication. We hope to one day be able to pay our contributors, but that time has not yet arrived. We do nominate our contributors for Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and Pushcart. We also promote our contributors' work via social media. 

Finally, by submitting your work here, you agree to be added to our email list. Our newsletters are short and occasional. 

West Trestle Review