Ghost Rider - Acrylic Painting 
 by  Judith A. Lawrence

This page was last updated: March 4, 2014

River Poets Journal Submission Guidelines
(submissions open year round)

Read Six Questions for editor, Judith Lawrence: on Jim Harrington's blog, a site for writers to review what editors are seeking for many literary mags.

River Poets Journal Accepts:

New and Established Writers 
Poetry  -  3 to 6 poems
Short Stories - under 5,000 words
Flash Fiction  - under 1,000 words
Essays  -  under 500 words
Short Memoir  -  under 1,000 words
Excerpts from novels that can stand on their own  - under 3,000 words
Art (illustrations and paintings) or Photography
Simultaneous and previously published exceptional poems are accepted as long as we know where poems are being considered or have appeared. 

We prefer:

Work that inspires, excites, feeds the imagination, rich in imagery, work that is memorable.

Work that is submitted in the body of an email or as a word attachment, but will accept work through regular mail if the writer does not use a computer.

When submitting work, please provide a short bio.  Listing all your published work is not required.  Previously being published is not a requirement for publication in our Journal.  We love new writers with great potential.

Email work in simple format, Times New Roman, or Arial, 12 pt font, single spaced to:

Please note long line poems  may need editing to fit constraints of formatting.

We do not accept:

Unsolicited reviews
Pornographic and blatantly vulgar language
Clichéd or over-sentimental poems  

Response time is:

3 to 6 months depending on time of year work is submitted.  All submissions are thoroughly read.

Unpublished work is returned if Author requests it and SASE is provided with sufficient postage.

River Poets Journal Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter editions are published yearly plus one Special Themed issue annually.  Themes are announced 3 - 4  months prior to submission deadline.

$20.00 an issue plus postage 

Contributor Copies:  

River Poets Journals are free in PDF format on the River Poets Journal/Links page for easy access.  We do not offer free print contributor copies, with the exception of the featured poet, and featured artist/photographer as the cost would be too prohibitive for a small press.  Bound covered printed copies are available for anyone who would like to purchase a copy/copies for $20 each plus shipping cost.  For postage on multiple copies, or International postage, please contact:
The 2014 Special Themed issue is titled, "The Last Time I Ran Away," stories, essays, poems and memoirs about the places and settings in which you have stolen away to, whether in the pursuit of romance, adventure, escape, or happenstance, and their lasting impressions on you. The tentative deadline for submissions is April 1, 2014.

The Road not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
and sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
and looked down one as far as I could
to where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
and having perhaps the better claim
because it was grassy and wanted wear;
though as for that, the passing there
had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
in leaves no feet had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference

                         ©Robert Frost

All printed issues of River Poets Journals are archived in the Small Press/Little Magazine Collections of the University of Wisconsin, and the University at Buffalo/Poetry Periodicals.

Submissions and Guidelines
Email Submissions to:
For online "Reading Room" submissions email In the subject line of your email, type "Reading Room." To view format and read the latest story, click on "Reading Room" on site menu.

For Spring/Summer 2014 submissions email Type in the subject line, "River Poets Journal Submission."
National Poetry  Month

Seeking short/short pocket poem(s) submissions for the National Poetry Month Page. 

April is National Poetry Month, a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.

What are pocket poems? Short-short poems that fit on a scrap of paper, a napkin, or cut in squares, small enough to fit in a pocket.  

Email your best short/short pocket poems. The poems will be shared on the National Poetry Month page for the month of April, and remain throughout the year.