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Founded by the poet Tom McGrath in Los Angeles in 1960, Crazyhorse continues to be one of the finest, most influential literary journals published today. Past contributors include such renowned authors as John Updike, Raymond Carver, Jorie Graham, John Ashbery, Robert Bly, Ha Jin, W. P. Kinsella, Richard Wilbur, James Wright, Carolyn Forché, Charles Simic, Charles Wright, Billy Collins, Galway Kinnell, James Tate and Franz Wright. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alike appear regularly in its pages, right alongside Guggenheim fellows, National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipients, and writers whose work appears in the O. Henry Prize, Pushcart Prize, and Best American anthologies.
Throughout the 1970s, other editors took the helm of the journal, among them Deb and Edith Wylder, who played a key role in the life of Crazyhorse when they brought it to Murray State University in Ky., and the journal (with its new, single-word name) began to publish fiction and critical essays along with poetry. Jorie Graham and James Galvin became its poetry editors, Joe Ashby Porter its fiction editor, and the journal found itself one of the most respected in the country.
From 1981 to 2001, Crazyhorse was housed at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, continuing its ascent as a journal of the best contemporary work. David Wojahn served as poetry editor until 1986, replaced by Ralph Burns, but returning two years later to edit the journal alongside poetry co-editors Lynda Hull and Dean Young. David Jauss served as fiction editor and Dennis Vannatta as criticism editor.
But in 2001, after Ralph Burns had served as sole editor of the journal for the prior several years, financial strains at the University of Arkansas took their toll, and Burns, through mutual friend David Jauss, contacted Bret Lott at the College of Charleston to ask whether the College might be interested in taking over the journal.
The rest is history. Since coming to the College, Crazyhorse has found new life, both in terms of its content and its design – a life that has continued to grow the reputation of the journal as one of the premier venues in which new writing can appear. Under the combined editorship of CofC’s Creative Writing faculty, work from the journal’s pages has been reprinted in the Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading and The Pushcart Prize annual anthologies.
Why did you start the website?
Our current website has only been around since 2012, but we’ve been publishing Crazyhorse since 1960.
Short fiction, poetry, & nonfiction
Do you pay?
Contributors receive $20 per layout page, max $200, and receive 2 contributor copies and a one-year subscription.
How long should a submitter expect to wait before a response?
Any deadlines we should know about?
We run the Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31. Winners in each genre receive $2,000 and publication. All who enter receive a one-year subscription. We also run the Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest from July 1 to July 31. The winning short-short receives $1,000 and publication and three runners-up are announced. All who enter receive a one-year subscription.
Anything else we should know?
That’s about it.