The Alcalá Review considers the previously unpublished works of undergraduate students.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 all genres of short fiction, flash fiction and selections from longer works provided they can stand alone. You may submit one piece of no more than 15 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, and op-eds. You may submit one piece of no more than 15 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 keep submissions under 15 pages and include a short explanatory note.

Photography: Please submit between 10 and 20 of your best photographs. They may have a central theme or be as eclectic as you choose. No iPhone photos please. 

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

We accept submissions on a rolling basis; however, our reading period is from September 1 to October 28 for our Fall issue, and February 1 to April 1 for our Spring issue. Submissions received outside of these intervals are welcome, but will be left unread until the next reading period.

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