Western Humanities Review

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Western Humanities Review as been in continuous publication since 1947 and has featured work by some of America's most distinct voices: Wallace Stegner, Robert Oppenheimer, Ursula Le Guin, Raymond Carver and many more. We continue to seek fresh and original works of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and literary scholarship. Work first published in the WHR has been reprinted or cited in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the O. Henry Prize, Best American Short Stories, Essays, and Poetry. [Pays an honorarium or a copy.]

Poetry Rejections


Higher Tier

Dear ---,

Thank you for sending to WHR. We appreciate the chance to review your work. Unfortunately, the piece does not fit our needs at this time. Please do, however, consider sending more of your work to us in the future.

Thanks again, and best of luck in your writing.

Sincerely, Western Humanities Review

Prose Rejections


Thank you for allowing us to read your work. Know that it was read with careful attention. Though the manuscript you sent us has not found a place with Western Humanities Review, we wish you continued success with your writing, and more importantly, in your writing. Please forgive the impersonal nature of this note. The large volume of submissions makes personal responses nearly impossible.


Thank you for sending your work to WHR. We appreciate that you gave us the chance to review it. Unfortunately, the submission is not right for us at this time.

Sincerely, The Editors

Western Humanities Review

Higher Tier

Thank you for giving WHR the chance to read your work. We really enjoyed this submission, though it's not quite right for us this time. We would like to ask that you keep WHR in mind in the future, and hope that the current work finds a good home.

2021 nonfiction prose

Thank you for sending your work to WHR and for your patience with our slow response. Although the submission is not right for us at this time, we enjoyed your work and hope you'll submit again.