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Submission Guidelines

Raleigh Review is a national non-profit magazine of poetry, fiction, and art. We believe that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature.

We are looking for poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction that is emotionally and intellectually complex without being unnecessarily “difficult.” We read every piece for its intrinsic value, so new/emerging voices are often published along nationally recognized, award-winning authors.

General Guidelines

  • Submissions are welcomed via TellItSlant.com. There is a small fee for submitting online. Including a brief cover letter and/or bio is fine, but not required.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged. For fiction especially, if your work is accepted elsewhere (congratulations!), please withdraw it (also through TellItSlant). For poetry, there is no need to withdraw your submission unless multiple poems have been placed elsewhere. You always have the option to decline a contract.
  • Please do not submit work that has been published in print or online. This includes but is not limited to work appearing in other journals, newspapers, magazines, or publicly accessible blogs.
  • We publish the hard copy magazine twice a year, with the Spring issue available in March and the Fall issue available in September. As work is accepted, it may be published online prior to print publication.
  • Submissions are open January-April for the Fall issue (closed May-June) and July-October for the Spring issue (closed November-December).
  • Response time is typically 1-3 months, but occasionally may be as long as 3-6 months. Please feel free to query after 3 months (info@raleighreview.org).

For Poetry

  • Send four to five poems in ONE file.
  • We typically do not publish avant garde or language poetry and have a general aversion to pretension/unnecessarily exclusive work.
  • If accepted, we will also request an audio recording, which is optional but highly encouraged.

For Flash Fiction

  • Works of fiction up to 1,200 words.
  • Please do not combine multiple submissions in one file.
  • We prefer flash fiction with narrative elements (i.e., not only images).
  • While we are not looking specifically for speculative and genre fiction, we are open to literary stories with genre elements.

For Short Fiction

  • Works of fiction 1,200 to 7,500 words.
  • Please do not combine multiple submissions in one file.
  • While we are not looking specifically for speculative and genre fiction, we are open to literary stories with genre elements.
  • We delight in stories from unique voices and perspectives. Any fiction that is born from a relatively unknown place grabs our attention.  

For Art

  • We are currently not accepting submissions for art.

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Book Review Consideration

  • We occasionally review collections of poetry or short stories (usually no more than 1-2 per issue), which have been recently published or are forthcoming.
  • To request consideration of your book for review, send one copy to Raleigh Review, Box 6725, Raleigh NC 27628. We will notify you if we do choose to review your book.  Review copies will not be returned.

Rights and Payment

  • Payment is $10 per work used, paid on publication, plus one copy of the journal.
  • We request First North American Rights on works we publish, and all published content will be included in one or more EBSCO databases.
  • We plan for every poem and story we accept to be published in print, but not every story or poem we accept will remain permanently online. Poetry audio files will remain online indefinitely.
Thanks for your interest in Raleigh Review! We look forward to reading your work!