The Alcalá Review considers the previously unpublished works of all USD undergraduate and graduate students. No matter the medium, we are looking for that which excites, forces a new perspective, and challenges and perceives the world in new ways.


Fiction: We accept short fiction, flash fiction and selections from longer works provided they can stand alone. You may submit one piece of no more than 20 pages, or up to two shorter pieces.

Poetry: Up to five pages of poetry with no more than five poems total. Each poem should start on a separate page, though it may be longer than just one page. We are pleased to welcome works in translation.

Creative Nonfiction: We accept essays, critical reviews of USD events, commentary pieces, interviews, and op-eds. You may submit one piece of no more than 20 pages, or up to two shorter pieces.

Other Writing: If your work doesn’t fall under one of these categories, we welcome you to submit it here. Please include a short explanatory note if it is necessary to evaluate your work.

Photography: Please submit up to 20 of your best photographs. They may have a central theme or be as eclectic as you choose.

Visual Art: Please submit up to 20 pieces of visual art as a JPEG, PDF, or PNG file.

We accept submissions on a rolling basis; however, submissions must be received by September 30 to be considered for for our Fall issue, and by February 28 for our Spring issue. S

We accept simultaneous submissions, so long as you promptly withdraw your piece should it be accepted elsewhere.

Please submit your work as a Word document to our Submittable page. Since our submission process is blind, we ask that you do not include your name anywhere on the document itself.


By submitting your work to The Alcalá Review, you consent to the publication of your work in our print or online edition. All rights revert to the author upon publication.

Unfortunately we cannot offer financial compensation at this time.