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Crazyhorse Literary Journal


Medium: Print


Genres Accepted: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Established: 1960

Circulation: 1,000+


Crazyhorse‘s mission is to publish the entire spectrum of today’s fiction, essays, and poetry…

Payment: According to the website: "$20-35 per page of layout, depending on annual budget and grants received."


Crazyhorse was founded in 1960 by the poet Tom McGrath. Since that time, it has published esteemed writers such as John Updike, Raymond Carver, Jorie Graham, John Ashbery, Robert Bly, Ha Jin, W.P. Kinsella, Richard Wilbur, James Wright, Carolyn Forché, Charles Simic, Charles Wright, Billy Collins, Galway Kinnell, James Tate, and Franz Wright. In our pages, you’ll find some of the finest writing being published today: Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, Guggenheim fellows, NEA felloship recipients, and authors with awards from the O. Henry Prize, Pushcart Prize, and Best American anthologies.

Crazyhorse welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction/essay from any writer. Submit up to two manuscripts per year between August 1 and May 31.

The journal’s mission is to publish the entire spectrum of today’s fiction, essays, and poetry—from the mainstream to the avant-garde, from the established to the undiscovered writer. The editors are especially interested in original writing that engages in the work of honest communication. We always ask “What’s at stake in this writing?” “What’s reckoned with that’s important for other people to read?”


Crazyhorse has published some of the biggest names in fiction writing and poetry, but emphasizes that it publishes work by emerging artists regardless of their previous publishing history. The work they favor tends to be eclectic, eye-grabbing, and strange. Calvin writers submitting to this magazine will be against stiff competition, but the criterion for publication is quality, not prestige. Work that you might call “eclectic” or “cutting edge” stands a particularly good chance of getting in, and the magazine is particularly good for poetry.

The editors strongly recommend reading a copy of the magazine before submitting. You can access PDF versions of older issues of the journal through the Hekman Library. and read samples from some of the more recent publications available online.

Calvin Connection:

Professor Klatt recommends Crazyhorse as a publication venue.

Hekman Availability: Available as an e-journal

Submission Instructions:

Send a manuscript of up to 25 pages of fiction or essay, or three to five poems. Include a cover letter. Crazyhorse welcomes up to two separate submissions per year; please wait until you receive a reply regarding a submission before you upload the next one.

Make an online account at the Crazyhorse website by clicking “Login Help” in the red box at the top of their site, then clicking “New user? Click here to sign up” on the page. Once logged in, click “Submit Manuscript” at the same red box.

Upload a .pdf or .rtf file only. If .rtf, use a common font (such as Time or Arial) and check your file to see that your formatting (italics, tabs, columns, etc.) displays as you wish.

Crazyhorse no longer accepts submissions by mail. Submitting a manuscript online eliminates paper and postage costs, logs the receipt of your manuscript automatically, and allows you to resubmit, withdraw, or replace a manuscript quickly and easily.


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