Are you a print or online journal? How often do you publish?
Windward Review is an annually-published, print literary journal. The printing date is in the fall.
In addition, we are working to digitize our journals and share them to our Archives page. We also publicize writers on our social media throughout the year, on an intermittent basis.
What is your reading period?
Pieces are read January-April and our volume is designed throughout the summer. The volume is typically finalized, printed, and shared with authors in the Fall.
We have a deadline for submissions in the Spring (for them to be considered for that Fall's volume). Authors can send us their work after this deadline, but it can only be considered for a later volume. Thus, authors will have to wait until the following Spring reading period in order to receive a decision from us.
Also, we have introduced a prompt-based call for submissions, so it is typically best to wait for us to send out our prompt/ call for submissions. We do this at the same time as a volume is printed- in the Fall.
Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
You are welcome to submit your work to other journals, but please inform us immediately if your work becomes unavailable.
Do you pay your contributors?
Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to pay contributors.
What are my rights should my work be accepted for publication in Windward Review?
Windward Review asks for First North American Serial Rights and Electronic Rights of all work accepted for publication. Prior to publication, artists will be asked to grant these rights to us through a note of acceptance.
First North American Serial Rights (FNASR): The right to be the first publisher of your work one time in North America. Selling first North American serial rights allows you to sell first serial rights to the same work in places other than North America. Contributors may publish their work again in other places, but they must list Windward Review as their first publisher.
Electronic Rights: The right to publish your work with your name attached to it on our website as-well-as on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) We ask for this right so that we can include your work in our Archives page and in case we share your work on social media.
I submitted- when will I hear back from Windward Review?
Submitters should expect a response to their work by March and no later than April.
Please note that the changing structure of our editorial body has affected our ability to respond promptly. Editors are working from home in order to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many of our editors are also preoccupied taking care of their families and homes. We will get in touch with all submitters as soon as possible. Thank you sincerely for your patience and for your willingness to share your words during this historic challenge.
Why did Windward Review give me feedback along with their decision?
Whether accepted or not, our practice is to provide each submitter notes on our reasoning for the decision. We do this in order to uphold high standards of care towards submitters. Our intention with this is to ensure that no matter the outcome, submitters feel that they have benefited from trusting us to read their work.
Our non-acceptance letters tend to provide more feedback than our acceptance letters. The feedback we give is meant to be a helpful guide to our subjective reading, not objective judgement.
Can I submit work that has been published elsewhere?
Windward Review asks that all work be original and unpublished. This includes publication through social media and other informal methods of sharing. .
Can I submit if I am not from South Texas?
Yes- we accept work from artists of all states, nations, and backgrounds. We are journal that showcases South Texas narratives and voices, but the subjects/ issues that emerge from this vantage point are intersectional and relevant to the larger world.
Can I submit work in more than one genre?
You may submit work in more than one genre (i.e. a poetry submission and a fiction submission), though you will be reviewed as a single submitter. We do not typically publish more than one genre from a submitter unless the works speak to each other in a unique way.
I have been accepted- how can I get a copy of the journal?
Accepted artists are entitled to one free copy of Windward Review. Each volume is printed in September and distributed first, at a reception event. The Windward Review reception is an opportunity for contributors to read, talk about their work, and be recognized on location (at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi). Those that cannot attend the reception will be mailed a journal within a couple weeks after the event.
What is the Windward Review Blog? Is it different from the Windward Review Journal?
The Windward Review Blog is a new endevour (2020) intended to help WR editor's stay in touch with the South Texas writing community and the community at large. It is a separate publication opportunity from WR literary journal. The material it accepts is slightly different, more diverse, and potentially more off-the-cuff than the work accepted the literary journal.
What kind of work do you accept for the WINDWARD REVIEW BLOG?
The Windward Review Blog is an open opportunity to share all types of writing from community members, professionals and non-professionals from all walks of life. The objective of the blog is to provide a place for sharing commentary, thoughts, and reactions to human events, especially related to COVID-19.
We accept creative writing, non-fiction writing, blurbs, photos, lists, and anything under the sun. Please email email@example.com for more information.