The Flatirons Literary Review is a Boulder, Colorado, purveyor of perfectly ripened, fresh-picked, locally-grown writing. We select the finest Colorado authors in many genres, to ensure a varied literary diet rich with regional flavors.

Our sustainable practices provide a place where new writers can flourish alongside established varieties.  We are dedicated to expanding our heirloom selections.

We publish fiction, flash fiction, personal essays, humor, and poetry. We also publish reviews of books by Colorado authors and interviews with Colorado authors.


Submission Guidelines

All submissions should be entered into Submittable with your last name, the title of your piece, and the category separated by dashes in the Title section of your submission.

 i.e. Welsh/ Stepping Up/ Fiction

Be sure to include a short (100 to 200 word) third person autobiography with your submission so that we can grant you the attention you deserve! If your submission is accepted, we will ask you to provide a photo. This autobiography should be provided in the Cover Letter section, along with a brief introduction to your piece. Make sure your connection to Colorado or Boulder Writers' Workshop is clear. 

Submissions may take time to review. You will always receive notification from us no matter what, so if you haven’t heard from us, don’t give up hope!

Select your submission genre from our Categories list below and follow the individual guidelines. 

We accept simultaneous submissions. Please inform us immediately if your work is published elsewhere. 

*Special Note: Just because we publish locally and will make every effort to consider your work, simply living within spitting distance of Chautauqua does not make you a shoe in.  We do give special consideration to the members of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop and you will get higher on the list if you volunteer to read manuscripts, update calendars, host a speaker, or plan our holiday party.  If you have a piece that might fit, but you have a few more drafts to go, you’ll be asked to rewrite–with no guarantees–if you submit and it’s rejected. Lucky for you, the Boulder Writers’ Workshop has a top-notch critique studio.  So, if you’ve been sitting on a piece that needs to be rewritten, I’d suggest you sign up for a slot.

 

Keep Writing!

Lori DeBoer, Publisher & Editor

Kelly Welsh, Managing Editor

www.lorideboer.com


All submissions should be entered into Submittable with your last name, the title of your piece, and the category (Fiction, Personal Essay, Humor, Flash Fiction, or Poetry) separated by dashes in the Title section.

i.e. Welsh/ Stepping Up/ Fiction

Be sure to include a short (100 to 200 word) third person autobiography with your submission so that we can grant you the attention you deserve! If your submission is accepted, we will ask you to provide a photo. This autobiography should be provided in the Cover Letter section, along with a brief introduction to your piece. Your connection to Colorado or to Boulder Writers' Workshop must be made explicit. 

Submissions may take time to review. You will always receive notification from us no matter what, so if you haven’t heard from us, don’t give up hope!

Postcards
Postcards are short snapshots of life. These personal essays should be 600 words or less. Postcards should bring us, for a moment, into your life for a glimpse of the human experience. We are looking for heartwarming, inspirational, or human interest pieces to indulge our need for true stories and to bring the community together through shared experience and understanding. 

All submissions should be double spaced in black, Times New Roman font. 

We love photographs. If you have any pictures that correspond to your postcard, please send them in and we will publish them alongside your piece. 

All submissions should be entered into Submittable with your last name, the title of your piece, and the category (Fiction, Personal Essay, Humor, Flash Fiction, or Poetry) separated by dashes in the Title section.

i.e. Welsh/ Stepping Up/ Fiction

Be sure to include a short (100 to 200 word) third person autobiography with your submission so that we can grant you the attention you deserve! If your submission is accepted, we will ask you to provide a photo. This autobiography should be provided in the Cover Letter section, along with a brief introduction to your piece. Your connection to Colorado or to Boulder Writers' Workshop must be made explicit. 

Submissions may take time to review. You will always receive notification from us no matter what, so if you haven’t heard from us, don’t give up hope!

Humor: This is one of the most open categories we have at Flatirons Literary Review. It may include short essays, fiction, or even comic strips. Humor submissions should be less than 5000 words and be written in black, twelve point Times New Roman font if applicable. Please double space. Here at Flatirons Literary Review we love to laugh and enjoy life, so feel free to be creative and brighten our day.

 

All submissions should be entered into Submittable with your last name, the title of your piece, and the category (Fiction, Personal Essay, Humor, Flash Fiction, or Poetry) separated by dashes in the Title section.

i.e. Welsh/ Stepping Up/ Fiction

Be sure to include a short (100 to 200 word) third person autobiography with your submission so that we can grant you the attention you deserve! If your submission is accepted, we will ask you to provide a photo. This autobiography should be provided in the Cover Letter section, along with a brief introduction to your piece. Your connection to Colorado or to Boulder Writers' Workshop must be made explicit. 

Submissions may take time to review. You will always receive notification from us no matter what, so if you haven’t heard from us, don’t give up hope!

Flash Fiction: This is a place for fun and experimental fiction that is less than 1000 words in length. Flash Fiction submissions should be double spaced in black, twelve point Times New Roman font. Include the title of the piece and your name at the top of the document. 

All submissions should be entered into Submittable with your last name, the title of your piece, and the category (Fiction, Personal Essay, Humor, Flash Fiction, or Poetry) separated by dashes in the Title section.

i.e. Welsh/ Stepping Up/ Fiction

Be sure to include a short (100 to 200 word) third person autobiography with your submission so that we can grant you the attention you deserve! If your submission is accepted, we will ask you to provide a photo. This autobiography should be provided in the Cover Letter section, along with a brief introduction to your piece. Your connection to Colorado or to Boulder Writers' Workshop must be made explicit. 

Submissions may take time to review. You will always receive notification from us no matter what, so if you haven’t heard from us, don’t give up hope!

Personal Essays and Book Reviews: All non-fiction should be double-spaced and written in black, twelve point Times New Roman font. Non-fiction works should be no longer than 5000 words and must include the title of your work and your name at the top of the document. Place page numbers in the upper right hand corner of your document.

All submissions should be entered into Submittable with your last name, the title of your piece, and the category (Fiction, Personal Essay, Humor, Flash Fiction, or Poetry) separated by dashes in the Title section.

i.e. Welsh/ Stepping Up/ Fiction

Be sure to include a short (100 to 200 word) third person autobiography with your submission so that we can grant you the attention you deserve! If your submission is accepted, we will ask you to provide a photo. This autobiography should be provided in the Cover Letter section, along with a brief introduction to your piece. Your connection to Colorado or to Boulder Writers' Workshop must be made explicit. 

Submissions may take time to review. You will always receive notification from us no matter what, so if you haven’t heard from us, don’t give up hope!

Poetry: You may submit four to six poems at a time in one document. All poems should be written in black, twelve point Times New Roman font. Poems do not need to be double-spaced. We may choose to publish a portion of or all of the poems submitted.

All submissions should be entered into Submittable with your last name, the title of your piece, and the category (Fiction, Personal Essay, Humor, Flash Fiction, or Poetry) separated by dashes in the Title section.

i.e. Welsh/ Stepping Up/ Fiction

Be sure to include a short (100 to 200 word) third person autobiography with your submission so that we can grant you the attention you deserve! If your submission is accepted, we will ask you to provide a photo. This autobiography should be provided in the Cover Letter section, along with a brief introduction to your piece. Your connection to Colorado or to Boulder Writers' Workshop must be made explicit. 

Submissions may take time to review. You will always receive notification from us no matter what, so if you haven’t heard from us, don’t give up hope!

Fiction: All fiction should be double-spaced and written in black, twelve point Times New Roman font. Fiction works should fall between 1000 to 5000 words and must include the title of your work and your name at the top of the document. Page numbers should be placed in the upper right hand corner.