For our 2020 issue, The Wayne Literary Review seeks submissions on the theme of identity. We are particularly interested in explorations of LGBT, black, indigenous, and diasporic lives and experiences. 

Bring us meditations on the internal and external manifestations of identity—what contradictions, if any, lie here? Show us the way this bilateral gaze may imprint itself on your memory, legacy, ancestry. Do these categories make us stronger, bonded? Or does the desire to sit neatly inside them restrict us? Share how identity is intertwined with physical space—the way spaces have rejected or celebrated you. Where do these identities begin and end, and what do their intersections look like, feel like, sound like? Have you met these boundaries by will, or have they met you by force? Show us. 

For this issue, Wayne State University students and alumni, staff and faculty, and other community members are specifically encouraged to submit. We welcome submissions through January 13, 2020. 


Here are our guidelines:

  • Prose:  One short story or creative nonfiction essay, maximum 3500 words. We also welcome flash-fiction submissions and novel excerpts. 
  • Drama: One-act plays or excerpts no longer than 3500 words. Please limit to one dramatic submission. 
  • Poetry: No more than three poems, not to exceed a total of six pages.
  • Visual Art and Photography: Please submit no more than three photographs or images. High resolution .jpg, or .png only. We encourage the submission of pen and ink or charcoal drawings, collage, and black and white works. 

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  • All submissions must be double-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt. font , using 1-inch margins, .doc or .docx only. Or follow the Proper Manuscript Format.
  • At this time, we only accept electronic submissions.


- The Wayne Literary Review 



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One-act plays or excerpts from larger works. Maximum 3500 words.
We will prioritize submissions from Wayne State University and Detroit communities.

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Prose submissions should not exceed 3500 words.
We will prioritize submissions from Wayne State University and Detroit-area communities.

Prose submissions should not exceed 3500 words.
We will prioritize submissions from Wayne State University and Detroit communities.

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No more than three poems, not to exceed a total of six pages.
We will prioritize submissions from Wayne State University and Detroit communities.

Please submit no more than three photographs or images. High quality .jpg, or .png only.
We encourage the submission of pen and ink or charchoal drawings, collage, and black and white work.
We will prioritize submissions from Wayne State University and Detroit communities.

The Wayne Literary Review