The Lascaux Review publishes accessible fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction of literary quality. Book excerpts are welcome.
Writing of literary quality venerates the language and speaks to the human condition. We make no effort to define these terms—we know it 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 venerates the language and speaks to the human condition. Accessible literature is poetry and prose that can be understood and appreciated without an interpreter.
Poetry should be formatted conventionally, without “sculptural” elements that can’t be detected by an audience during a public reading. We understand there is call for experiments in form and content, but they’re not for us.
Creative nonfiction may include memoirs, chronicles, personal essays, humorous perspectives, literary journalism—anything the author has witnessed, experienced, learned, or discovered. Creative nonfiction should be written in a nonacademic style.
Submit as many as five poems at a time; patch them into one document. Prose pieces may be any length, but efficient writing is favored. There is no submission fee. 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. Payment varies. Because editors are dispersed geographically the review is unable to accept submissions via postal mail.
The review accepts work for nonexclusive appearance and archiving on its website and for inclusion in its annual print publication. Authors retain all rights at all times. FAQ for the paranoid may be found here. 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 creative nonfiction contests.