River Poets Journal Submission Guidelines
(submissions open year round)
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.
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 simple format, Times New Roman, or Arial, 12 pt font, single spaced to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note long line poems may need editing to fit constraints of formatting.
We do not accept:
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Unpublished mailed work is returned if Author requests it and SASE is provided with sufficient postage.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 the featured poet, and featured artist/photographer. The cost would be too prohibitive for a small press, non-college press, which is not supported by 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: email@example.com