Kestrel publishes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by established and emerging writers. We are especially happy to publish work by West Virginian and Appalachian writers. Kestrel features visual art in each issue; submission guidelines for art are below.
NOTE: email submissions are accepted only for visual art and from writers living outside the U.S.
Send hard copy via regular post during the following reading periods:
November 1-January 31 (spring issue)
May 1-July 31 (fall issue)
An SASE is required for response. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Kestrel retains first North American rights only. Contributors receive two copies. Address your submission to the appropriate editor (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual art). Simultaneous submissions are accepted; immediate notification of a manuscript accepted elsewhere is expected, preferably via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allow three months for our response before inquiring about your submission, and restrict yourself to one submission per calendar year.
Poetry: Kestrel welcomes poems of all genres, styles, and traditions, including experimental and hybrid forms, as well as poetry in translation. Send 3-5 of your best poems during one of our reading periods.
Fiction: Kestrel is open to any genre of short fiction that questions assumptions and moves us to reconsider everyday life. We enjoy stories with believable plots, developed characters, consistent points-of-view, vivid and symbolic settings, true dialogue, and thought-provoking themes, though we also enjoy experimental writing that makes new the expected conventions. 5,000 words maximum.
Non-Fiction: Creative non-fiction, memoir, literary essay are preferred. Subject matter may vary but attention to writing as craft and art is paramount; the attention to diction, syntax, detail should delight and surprise. We appreciate writing that makes a subject's complexity understandable and its familiarity new.
Reviews: Kestrel recently began publishing reviews of newly-published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Please query via email. See featured reviews from Issue 29 at www.fairmontstate.edu/kestrel.
Visual Art: Submissions to Kestrel may be made in any medium. Image resolution should be at least 300 dpi and in .jpg format. We often select color images for our covers, but our budget typically allows us to use black and white images within the journal. Kestrel may use images for publicity purposes.
All accepted work is for the print publication; select work may be featured on our website.
Submissions may be mailed to:
Department of Language and Literature
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
Attn: [genre] Editor