About the Journal

REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters was founded in 1968 as an academic journal which occasionally published poetry. Now, it is an international creative magazine dedicated to publishing the best contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

We produce two perfect-bound issues a year. Each issue is roughly 120 pages, and features quality writing from both established and emerging writers. REAL has published professional writers from all across the United States—and from Israel, China, Canada, Australia, England. Our writers have included the poets laureate of Oklahoma and Texas (Carol Hamilton, Larry Thomas), Mark Wisinewski, Ryan G. Van Cleave and fiction writers like Katrina Denza, Edmund de Chasca, Roy Kesey and Joe R. Lansdale.

REAL is housed in the Department of English and College of Liberal and Applied Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University, home of the first B.F.A. in Creative Writing in the state of Texas. Students in the B.F.A. in Creative Writing and the M.A. program in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis often work on the magazine reading submissions and helping with production, gaining practical experience as writers and editors.

Please see our guidelines before submitting your work.

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