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The University of Houston-Downtown's literary and visual arts magazine is now open for submissions for the Spring 2023 issue. Submissions close on February 23, 2023.


We welcome work from anyone, anywhere, of any background, regardless of affiliation with UHD.


Submission Guidelines:

  • Poetry: Up to 5 poems (no more than 10 pages per submission)

  • Fiction (short stories): up to 2,500 words

  • Creative Non-Fiction: up to 2,500 words

  • Literary Translation into English: Poetry 3 to 5 pages; or Prose: up to 2,500 words

  • Visual Art: Must be submitted electronically with a minimum 600x, 600px, or 300dpi.

  • Book Reviews: up to 800 words

  • We accept work in English, Spanish, or Spanglish, and translations into English

How to Submit:

  1. Send your submission to with your full name and the genre of the work in the subject line. (Please email us before sending large graphic files.)

  2. Please include a cover letter, a short bio (up to 50 words), your full name as you want it to appear in the magazine, your email address, and your phone number. 

  3. The file with your work must be attached as a Word document (poetry, prose only) saved under your first and last name, along with the genre for the piece.                                                         For example, "Sam Sample - Poetry.docx."

  4. If submitting multiple texts, each one should be in a separate Word document. (If you are submitting four poems, your email would include four Word docs. Attachments, one for                 each poem submitted.)

  5. Your name and contact information must appear on each page of your Word document.               For example, "Sam Sample;; (555) 555-5555."

  6. For translations:

    1. Include both the original text and your translation into English.

    2. Translators are expected to have identified the original copyright holder and have permission to publish the translated text. Please let us know if we can publish the original as well.

  7. If you are a recent contributor from the last issue, please wait two submission cycles to submit new work to The Bayou Review. *Fall 2022 contributors, please wait until January 2024. 

* Please follow all the above guidelines to be considered for publication.


Questions regarding submissions can be sent to

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