Dancing Poppies - Watercolor Painting 
 by  Judith A. Lawrence

This page was last updated: May 14, 2014

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. 

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 simple format, Times New Roman, or Arial, 12 pt font, single spaced to:  lillypressrpj@aol.com

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Unpublished mailed work is returned if Author requests it and SASE is provided with sufficient postage.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 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: lillypressrpj@aol.com
The 2014 Special Themed issue, "The Last Time I Ran Away," has been published. To view a sampling of art and poems, see the Home page. To view the full Journal, select the Special Editions-Anthologies page tab above, and then click on "The Last Time I Ran Away pdf file. 

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 lillypressrpj@aol.com. 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 and Autumn/Winter  2014 submissions email lillypressrpj@aol.com Type in the subject line, "River Poets Journal Submission."