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About Versal: Versal is the acclaimed literary & arts journal out of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, publishing a range of work from around the world.

Contact Information:

Amsterdam, the Netherlands



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Reading period: 9/15-1/15 Response time: 1-3 months Payment: yes (see website) Contests: no ISSN: 1573-2207 Founded: 2002 Issues per year: 1 Average pages: 112 Copy price: $14.95 Sample price (postpaid): $5 Subscription (2 years): $32.95

Publisher's description: Versal, the literary & arts journal out of Amsterdam, seeks work that is urgent, involved, and unexpected.  A publication celebrating translocal intersections and cross-cultural dialogue, Versal is internationally renowned for the quality of work published by up-and-coming as well as established writers, and for its strong attention to design and production values.

Versal is what a literary magazine should be.”
—Russell Edson

“Indeed, Versal is more than its texts, more than its content altogether. It feels less like a journal and more like a tribute to the work of its writers and artists.”
—Tarpaulin Sky Press blog

Multiple features in Poets&Writers Magazine, including being named among the "top indie innovators" (November/December 2010)

Recent issues:

Gracing the cover of Versal 11 is a dead fish. We’ve never chosen an image that so compellingly captures the work within an issue. Versal 11 assembles struggles and triumphs, the births and deaths we face, and the holding on and letting go it took to make our newest issue. Featuring artwork from Andrew Friend and Mario Zoots, poetry from Mathias Svalina, Gregory Sherl, and Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle, and prose from Adam Peterson, Traci O Conner, and Leah Bailly, and many, many others.

Among the 168 pages of Versal's 10th anniversary edition are four riddles from Ish Klein, a conversation between Michael Martone and Matthew Baker, and a series of "photodrawings" from Irish artist Garrett Phelan. Versal 10 also includes new works from Cody-Rose Clevidence, Erin Costello, Tamar de Kemp, Roxane Gay, James Grinwis, Dora Malech, Ben Merriman, Rusty Morrison, Brandon Shimoda, and many others. The gold-plated cover also opens up to Versal's first handmade project, "750 Circles" by the editors, making no two copies of Versal 10 alike.

Antoinette Nausikaä’s striking art piece “I am happy” opens the 140-page issue. Versal 9 also includes a special section dedicated to the opening pages of a new work by Alice Notley, our first-ever insert (an art piece by Paris-based UK artist Francene), and new writing from a myriad of today’s most exciting voices, including Tony Mancus (USA), Maya Sarishvili (Georgia), Heather Hartley (USA), Louis Armand (Australia), Yago Cura (Argentina-USA), Lizzi Thistlethwayte (UK), and Stacy Kidd (USA). Like its predecessors, Versal 9 is a calmly crafted yet filled-to-the-brim journal that redefines the literary in print. It is available at select bookshops and online at


last updated 7/15/2013