The Flatirons Literary Review is a Boulder, Colorado, purveyor of perfectly ripened, fresh-picked prose and poetry. We select the finest local writing across the genres, to ensure a varied literary diet, rich with regional flavors.
Think Globally, Read Locally

Think Globally, Read Locally

A sustainable, local literary magazine
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August 20 — A Book Club for Colorado Writers

Lori DeBoer’s book club for writers will meet on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. The book for August is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Come join fellow local writers discuss literature. This is no ordinary book club, because the focus is about both the book and the writing....
"A Woman on Longs Peak" by Sarah Brooks

“A Woman on Longs Peak” by Sarah Brooks

In the darkness, the small circle of light from my headlamp reveals only my hiking boots and a circle of rocky trail, which makes it easier to keep climbing. Up and up and up. Sometimes, we stop for water and a bite of an energy bar, and we turn off our headlamps to look up...
August 17, 2014 -- Writing a Page Turner

August 17, 2014 — Writing a Page Turner

On Sunday, August 17, Lori Deboer is hosting a writing workshop from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder. It’s 2 a.m., you have work in four hours, yet you can’t help but turn the page and begin a new chapter. This must mean that you’ve encountered a...
"In Defense of Buff Comics" by Paul Handley

“In Defense of Buff Comics” by Paul Handley

Our kid is going into show business.  College isn’t for everyone, even though it sometimes feels like the world is devoted to getting an academic abbreviation.  Seems like that’s all the parents talk about at my daughter’s school.  They are worried about the reputation of the University their children will attend, afraid their kids are...
"Letter to John Zimmerman from Bellvue" by George Kalamaras

“Letter to John Zimmerman from Bellvue” by George Kalamaras

Letter to John Zimmerman from Bellvue It’s hard to begin, Dear John, because we remain faithful, friend.  I want to say your practice is healing, cooking, and haiku.  Of course, there’s Lisa and kids. But the angel caduceus of chiropractic replacing the twin snakes of Hermes says Daniel David Palmer was right— that correcting vertebral...
Young Adult Poetry Competition (Ages 12-18)

Young Adult Poetry Competition (Ages 12-18)

Flatirons Literary Review is hosting a young adult poetry competition July, 2014.  All young adults between ages 12 and 18 are encouraged to submit a poem of choice to Flatirons Literary Review. Submissions will be accepted during the month of July. The top three winners of our poetry competition will be selected for the honor of...
"Mazatlán" by Lawrence Dunning

“Mazatlán” by Lawrence Dunning

Their room at the Hotel Playa Bonita turns out to be the standard smallish third floor with ocean view and two queen beds. Fortunately it is in the older section of the hotel where the balconies directly overlook the beach and the unbelievably blue water of the bay. “Which one do you want?” Michael asks his wife. She...
Congratulations 2014 Colorado Book Award Winners

Congratulations 2014 Colorado Book Award Winners

On June 13, 2014 the Colorado Book Awards were announced in Aspen, Colorado at the Jerome Hotel. The Colorado Book Awards honor excellent authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers from Colorado, a state with plenty of talent to choose from. This year, awards were presented in sixteen different categories including literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, thriller/suspense,...
"Luck" by M. Krockmalnik Grabois

“Luck” by M. Krockmalnik Grabois

A retired stunt pilot dies in a plane crash while eating peanuts and trying to get the stewardess to brush his arm with her luxurious hip, en route from Denver to Akron, Ohio. A cold sore is swallowing my lover’s face. A dog at the memorial service sings the song of his breed. The eulogy...
"The Dog Stars" by Peter Heller

“The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller

Hig is living every Coloradan’s dream. He sleeps outside at night at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, creating constellations in the stars with the company of his loving dog, Jasper. Only Hig isn’t camping. He is one of the few survivors of a flu epidemic that wiped out most of the population. Now the...
"Good Deeds" by Dave Kelley

“Good Deeds” by Dave Kelley

  Second-Place Winner, Boulder Writers’ Workshop Comedy Writers’ Contest, Judge Gene Perret When you see someone whose car has broken down it’s difficult to get up the courage to pull over and ask if you can help. We’ve all seen the movies where the person in need turns out to be an escapee from a mental institution...
Open for Submissions

Open for Submissions

We are currently open for new submissions! Calling all Colorado authors; we want to read what you have to say. We’re looking for Boulder and Colorado authors who are trying to get their roots in the ground, or established authors who want to keep growing. We are currently accepting all submissions of fiction, poetry, flash...