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“A Young Girl Reading,” oil on canvas, by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1776.

The Lascaux Review accepts stories, poems, and memoirs that are accessible and of literary quality. Book excerpts are welcome.

Accessible writing is reasonably comprehensible to a literate audience. Writing of literary quality venerates the language and speaks to the human condition. We make no effort to define these terms—we know such work when we see it. The definition doesn’t exclude genre fiction: a story about love between two shape-shifting police detectives can take place on Titan as long as it’s accessible, venerates the language, and speaks to the human condition.

Poetry should be formatted conventionally, without inline gaps or other structural elements that can’t be detected by an audience during a public reading. We understand there is call for this work, and for experiments in form and content, but it’s not for us.

Memoirs may include personal experiences, observations, chronicles, travelogues, humorous perspectives—anything the author has witnessed, experienced, learned, or discovered. Memoirs should be told in first person and appeal to emotion.


Submit as many as five poems at a time; please patch them into one document. Prose pieces should be no longer than 10,000 words. There is no submission fee. Please wait until you have heard back from one submission before sending another. We consider previously published material and we assume all submissions are simultaneous. Artists wishing to show us their work should email a link to their online gallery to lascauxreview at gmail dot com.

Submissions are read year round. Accepted pieces are published on a rolling basis. Contributors receive free downloads of the Lascaux Prize Anthologies published to date.

The review accepts work for nonexclusive appearance and archiving on its website. Authors retain all rights at all times. The following link will take you to our online submission form at Submittable:


See the Contests page for information about our $1000 flash fiction, short fiction, poetry, and memoir contests.


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Active Contests

The Lascaux Prize in Poetry contest is presently open for submission. Visit the Contests Page for information.