The New Mexico Review is an online literary journal that is proudly created and curated by the New Mexico Highlands University English Department in Las Vegas, New Mexico. We are interested in bold artistic voices and gritty narratives and perspectives from emerging and established writers. We also seek work that reflects the history and the landscape of the journal’s home—work infused with the rumble of the past like the trains that still shake through the southwest. We are looking for aesthetics that captivate and display a curiosity about language, art, and life. Thank you for sharing with us and we look forward to reading your best work.

Submission Guidelines

New Mexico Review publishes twice a year, May and December. Our reading periods are January 15 -March 30 and September 1 – November 1. To submit, send your work as an attachment to If you wish to send multiple pieces, please send each in its own document.

If you wish to submit a poem in a language other than English, please submit an English translation along with it.

The New Mexico Review accepts previously unpublished work in Fiction (500-1500 words), Non-Fiction (500-1500 words), Poetry (2-4 poems), and photography (1-3 high-resolution jpg. or png. files only). Submissions should be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). Prose submissions should be double-spaced. Please use standard type-face and font size (12 pt). In the subject line, please include the category of submission, followed by your name, (POETRY/ Jon Snow). Please include a third-person, 50-word bio with your submission and indicate if acceptance would result in your first publication.

We gladly accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere and withdraw your submission by email, If a poem in a group of 2-4 poems is accepted, simply add a note indicating which poem is no longer available.

We also ask that if you have been a previous contributor, please wait at least two issues before resubmitting. Individuals affiliated with New Mexico Highlands University (students, staff, and/or faculty) should not submit until they have been unaffiliated for a full five years.

Should your work be accepted for publication, it may be lightly edited to correct minor spelling/punctuation errors. Contributors will be notified of significant changes in advance of publication.

Upon acceptance, you are granting the New Mexico Review First North American Serial Rights to publish this work in our upcoming issue. Copyright reverts to the contributor after publication. If your work is subsequently reprinted elsewhere, please acknowledge the New Mexico Review as the site of first publication.