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Welcome to Louisiana Literature.

Since 1984, Louisiana Literature has featured some of the finest writing published in America. The journal has always striven to spotlight local talent alongside nationally-recognized authors. Louisiana Literature’s most recent honors include both Writer’s Digest Fiction 50 and Poetry 50, celebrating the nation’s top 50 publishers in each genre. Other honors include placing in the CELJ “Best Design” competition, an honorable mention for editorial content in the American Literary Magazines Awards, and features in the Novel and Fiction Writers and Poet’s Markets published by Writer’s Digest Publications. Work first published in our pages is regularly reprinted in collections and is nominated for prizes from the National Book Awards for both genres and the Pulitzer. Recently, stories by Aaron Gwyn and Robert Olen Butler were selected for inclusion in New Stories from the South. Whether it’s work from established writers or from first-time publishers, Louisiana Literature is always looking to print the finest poetry and fiction available.

Louisiana Literature is now accepting electronic submissions via Submittable. Click here to submit manuscripts.


Editor's Blog

May 4, 2014
Editors Jack Bedell and Philip Kolin seek poems for a special anthology of poems about the Mississippi River to be published by Louisiana Literature Press in 2015. Please submit 1-5 poems as a single digital file (formatted as .doc, .docx, or .rtf). All poems should feature the river in some explicit way. Beyond that, we are open to all forms and styles. DEADLINE: June 30, 2014. Click here to submit.

May 1, 2014
Louisiana Literature Press is proud to announce the publication of Heather Ross Miller's Celestial Navigator: Writing Poems with Randall Jarrell, available right now in our Press Store.

March 31, 2014
Volume 31.1 is now available in our Journal Store.

Featuring poetry by George Drew, Jeanne Emmons, and Doug Ramspeck; prose by Holly Day, Cassandra Garbus, and Ben Philippe.

November 15, 2013
Louisiana Literature Press is proud to announce the publication of Paul Ruffin's Living in a Christ-Haunted Land, available right now in our Press Store.

November 15, 2013
Volume 30.1-2 is now available in our Journal Store.

Featuring poetry by Bruce Alford, Christopher Chambers, and Stella Nesanovich; prose by Eva Carper, George Drew, and Charles Rafferty.

April 15, 2013
Louisiana Literature Press is proud to announce the publication of Leslie Heywood's Lost Arts, available right now in our Press Store.

February 1, 2013
Volume 29.2 is now available in our Journal Store.

Featuring poetry by Sarah Cortez, Don Johnson, Matthew Spireng, and Jeff Worley; prose by Peter Cooley, Mike Craig, Tony Leuzzi, and Kent Wascom.

November 20, 2012
Louisiana Literature Press is proud to announce the publication of R.T. Smith's The Red Wolf, available right now in our Press Store.

September 1, 2012
Louisiana Literature Press is proud to announce the publication of Sheryl St. Germain's Navigating Disaster, available right now in our Press Store.

August 24, 2012
Volume 29.1 is now available in our Journal Store.

Featuring poetry by Paul Christensen, Ava Leavell Haymon, Roger Jones, and Paul Ruffin; fiction by Scott Kaukonen, Michael McManus, Margaret McMullan, and Amanda Walton.

March 21, 2012
Louisiana Literature Press is proud to announce the publication of LuAnn Keener Mikenas's Homeland, available right now in our Press Store.

October 24, 2011
Volume 28.2 will be available soon in our Journal Store.

Featuring poetry by Peter Cooley, Diana Der-Hovanessian, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, and Jim Reese; fiction by Patty Houston, Heather Ross Miller, R.T. Smith, and Frank Tavares.

October 24, 2011
Louisiana Literature Press proudly announces the publication of William Wright's Night Field Anecdote, available November 1, 2011.


August 15, 2011
Louisiana Literature is excited to unveil its new Web site. Look for new and enhanced content to be added soon.

August 15, 2011
Volume 28.1 is now available in our Journal Store.

Featuring poetry by Katie Bowler, Catharine Savage Brosman, Kevin Meaux, and Heather Ross Miller; fiction by Thomas Aiello, Vincent Czyz, Richard Louth, and G.D. McFetridge.