World Literature Today

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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
Representative Authors: 
Chris Abani, Marjorie Agosín, Shokoofeh Azar, Anna Badkhen, Sherwin Bitsui, Carmen Boullosa, Sergio Chejfec, Edwidge Danticat, Najwan Darwish, Natalie Diaz, Carolyn Forché, Aminatta Forna, Leila Guerriero, Eduardo Halfon, Joy Harjo, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Ismail Kadare, Fabienne Kanor, Fowzia Karimi, Kapka Kassabova, Mieko Kawakami, Michelle de Kretser, Yahia Lababidi, Yelena Lembersky, Khaled Mattawa, Philip Metres, Alan Moore, Sahar Mustafah, Ibrahim Nasrallah, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Dorthe Nors, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ben Okri, Yvonne Owuor, Juana Peñate Montejo, Mayra Santos-Febres, Craig Santos Perez, Mikeas Sánchez, Mahtem Shiferraw, Patricia Smith, Tracy K. Smith, Alina Stefanescu, Pia Tafdrup, Dubravka Ugrešić, Xi Xi, Yu Xiuhua, Zheng Min
Online, Digital, Print, Audio, Video
Reading Periods: 
Dec 1 to Dec 31
Jun 1 to Jun 30
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Contributor copies only
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
$45 for annual print and digital, $30 for annual digital
2,500 to 5,000

Editorial Focus

World Literature Today is the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning 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,” the editors mean that their main focus is on the current literary scene—namely, authors who have been active in the 1990s and 2000s. The bulk of the 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
University of Oklahoma
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Last updated: Mar 22, 2024