This page was last updated: March 19, 2016
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.

For Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter Submissions

Type in the subject line of the email, "River Poets Journal General Submission."

Special Themed Editions and Deadlines are announced at the beginning of each year. For Themed issues type in the subject line of the email "River Poets Journal Themed Issue.

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 the site menu.

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 discovering new writers with great potential.

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

Please sign and add your email address to your attached submissions.

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 volume of submissions. All submissions are thoroughly read.

Unpublished mailed work is returned if Author requests it and SASE is provided with sufficient postage.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 late Summer and Mid-winter.

The Special Themed issue is published once annually.  The Theme is announced 3 - 4 months prior to submission deadline.

$20.00 an issue plus postage. 

All full color issues are in book form, saddle stitched and perfect bound, ready to display on your cocktail table or bookcase, or given as gifts to family and friends.

Re: Questions on 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 a featured poet, or featured artist/photographer. The cost would be too prohibitive for a small, non-college press, not supported through paid ads. 

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:
Click on the Editor Interview on below for what this editor looks for in submissions.
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Sandy Bender is a Bucks County Pa. musician who plays the banjo, mandolin and classical guitar. His unique instrumental style is culled from bluegrass, folk ballads, blues, jazz and classical music.
Submission Guidelines for River Poets Journal
National Poetry Month

Seeking the 2016 short/short pocket/napkin poem(s) submissions for the National Poetry Month Page.

The new poems will begin to replace the 2015 napkin poems on April 1st, and end April 30. Select the National Poetry Month link from the menu on April 1st to view the new poems daily, during, or at the end of the month. 

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. 
Due to the number of submissions under review, The Special Edition Signature Poem Issue will be published in April. Thank you to all who submitted.