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New Letters

Magazine of Writing and Art

About New Letters: The international magazine of writing and art. Essays, poetry, fiction, interviews, reviews, features, and special issues delighting readers for over 81 years.

Contact Information:

University of Missouri - Kansas City

5101 Rockhill Road

Kansas City, MO  64110

Phone: (816) 235-1168



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions: no Reading period: 10/1-4/30 Response time: 3-5 months Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 0146-4930 Founded: 1934 Issues per year: 4 Distributors: Ingram Periodicals Average pages: 200 Copy Price: $10-12 Subscription (Ind): $22/1yr, $36/2yr; $75/5yr Subscription (Inst): $36/1yr, $58/2yr, $144/5yr

Publisher’s Description: For over 81 years, New Letters has been discovering and publishing new stories, poems, essays and art that have, in many cases, defined great writing in the 20th and 21st centuries. William Carlos Williams’s statement, “No ideas but in things,” appeared first in a poem published in this magazine in 1944. In 1946, before he published Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger published a controversial short story in this magazine, “Go See Eddie.”

New Letters has always been the magazine of literary superstars and also the magazine of talented newcomers. More recent issues have included the work of some of the greatest international literary artists, including Sherman Alexie, Annie Dillard, Richard Wright, Margaret Atwood, Allen Ginsberg, Andrei Codrescu, and Rita Dove.

The word “Letters” in the title New Letters refers to written discourse, and the word “New” means that the magazine publishes writing that is newly created or newly discovered, and, even more important, writing that stays new.

Recent issues:

Volume 80 number 2 features an interview with poet Janice Harrington, the final judge of the 2013 New Letters poetry contest, and includes work by winners of the 28th-annual New Letters Literary Awards. Amazing new work by Gary Gildner, Brian Doyle, Albert Goldbarth, Linda Pastan, and Carolyne Wright, as well as reviews and commentaries and artwork.

Volume 80, No. 1, showcases a new essay from award-winning writer Edward Hoagland, “Hippies and Beats,” wherein he recollects his experiences in the 1950s and ‘60s; Dave Smith’s enlightening essay about dogs, hunting and poetry; an essay by Philip Gerard on the craft of nonfiction; short stories by Bryan Doyle and Gladys Swann; and poetry by Albert Goldbarth, Joseph Millar, Alice Friman, William Trowbridge, Ishion Hutchinson, M. Shahid Alam, and Mike White among other works. The issue also features the artwork of Tony Naponic.

Vol. 79, nos. 3 & 4 features a tough-minded essay, “Keeping Dogs,” by Micah Dean Hicks; “Ten Seconds in Two Lives,” the story of a young, Mexican couple who has immigrated to the United States by Alberto Álvaro Ríos; “Rabid,” an essay by Linda M. Hasselstrom, which contemplates family on a South Dakota ranch; “My White House Days,” an essay by Thomas E. Kennedy, which details his time working in the Kennedy White House; and poetry by Stephen Dobyns, David Clewell, and Rebecca Baggett, with cover art by Peggy Noland and interior art by, her father, Garry Noland.


last updated 07/21/2014