Crazyhorse welcomes general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from September 1st through May 31st, with the exception of January 1st to January 31st, during which we only accept entries for the Crazyhorse Prizes. We also accept entries for Crazyshorts! our short-short fiction contest from July 1st through July 31st.

We 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.  

We are happy to consider simultaneous submissions. For prose, please withdraw your work from consideration if it has been accepted elsewhere. For poetry, should any of the poems in your submission be accepted elsewhere while under consideration with Crazyhorse, please add a note to your submission to alert us that they are no longer available. Our response time is typically 16 to 36 weeks. If your work is under serious consideration, it may take longer.

We are open to all narrative styles and forms, and are always on the lookout for something we haven’t seen before.  Send a story we won’t be able to forget.

We believe creative nonfiction can take any shape, from letter to list, from biography to memoir, from ekphrasis to critique, from flash to long-form. 

We’re especially eager to work with emerging writers from underrepresented communities.




Crazyhorse aims to publish work that reflects the multiple poetries of the twenty-first century. We publish poets at all stages of their writing careers and are interested in publishing poets from underrepresented communities.

We consider translations of established and emerging poets from around the world. 
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