World Literature Today

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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
Fiction by Maaza Mengiste, Peter Orner, Cate Kennedy, Andrés Felipe Solano, and Naja Marie Aidt; poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye, Durs Grünbein, Marjorie Agosín, Zsuzsa Takács, Hedy Habra, and Julia Fiedorczuk; essays by Meena Alexander, Zsolt Láng, Elif Shafak, and Adnan Mahmutović; interviews with Anne Carson, Mia Couto, Nathalie Handal, and Dunya Mikhail
Online, Digital, Print, Audio, Video
Reading Periods: 
Nov 1 to Jan 31
May 1 to Jul 31
Reporting Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Contributor copies only
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
2,500 to 5,000

Editorial Focus

World Literature Today is the University of Oklahoma’s bimonthly magazine of international literature and culture, founded in 1927. The editors welcome submissions on contemporary literary and cultural topics addressing any geographic region or language area. By “contemporary,” we mean that our main focus is on the current literary scene--namely, authors who have been active in the 1990s and 2000s. The bulk of our coverage consists of essays, book reviews, fiction, poetry, and interviews.

Tips From the Editor

We do not generally accept unsolicited poetry or fiction for publication. In terms of creative writing, we especially value translations from other languages but will equally consider work written originally in English. For critical studies of contemporary authors, literary topics, or cultural trends, our preference is for “essays” written in the tradition of clear and lively discussion intended for a broad audience, with a minimum of scholarly apparatus. Please include in your email or cover letter a brief explanation of how your essay would engage or enlarge our notion of world literature in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Prospective contributors are encouraged to consult recent issues of WLT for examples of our preferred style of writing.

Contact Information

Daniel Simon, Editor in Chief
630 Parrington Oval, Suite 110
The University of Oklahoma
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Last updated: Jul 22, 2022