Quarterly West is the literary journal run and staffed by PhD creative writing  students at the University of Utah. We have been in business since 1976.

Quarterly West looks for writing that is: Exciting. Challenging. Risky. Unpredictable.

And Different.

We could say what different means, but then we might receive a slew of submissions that are all different in the same way. Different will be victim to form—to the “fragment sentence,” “non-linear plot,” and “hybrid genre.” Different will be slave to space, time, story and moment. This does not seem the way to open the door for Different.

We think Different doesn’t open a door, actually. Different doesn’t know doors or windows. Different stomps in. Maybe it seeps in. Sometimes, and in our favorite works, different is always already there and it strikes flint and blazes. This is what we look for.

Send us your work. Seep in. Stomp in. Strike us. Set us and that familiar voice of Very Good Writing on fire.

Since 2011 we have been online only. To submit your work, click here

We are waiting for you.



J.P. Grasser & Joe Sacksteder

Assistant Editor

Jacqueline Balderrama

Fiction Editors

Rachel Levy and Jason Daniels

Poetry Editors

Jessica Rae Bergamino and Cori A. Winrock

Nonfiction Editors

Noam Dorr and Emily Dyer Barker

New Media Editors

Joe Sacksteder

Reviews Editor

Madeline Thatcher

Web Designer

Lillian-Yvonne BertramClaire Wahmanholm, and Daniel Lupton

Social Media Coordinator

Kevin Priest

Former Editors

Sara Eliza Johnson
Claire Wahmanholm
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
Camie Schaefer
Sadie Hoagland
Daniel Takeshi Krause
Anne Royston
Valerie Wetlaufer
Lisa Fay Coutley

Founding Editor

James Thomas