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Submission Guidelines


Regular Submissions to Raleigh Review are now closed.
PLEASE NOTE: We will reopen to submissions on July 1st, 2016.

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. We read every piece for its intrinsic value, so new/emerging voices are often published along nationally recognized, award-winning authors. To get a feel for what we like, purchase the latest print issue, purchase Volume 1, Volume 2, or Volume 3
for your Kindle, or visit the archives for sample poetry and fiction as well as our poetry audio archive.

General Guidelines

  • Submissions are welcomed via Submittable. 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 from Submittable. 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. If you feel you must notify us, please send us a note via Submittable.
  • 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. Fiction currently has a longer turnaround time than poetry. Please feel free to query after 3 months by logging into your Submittable account and sending us a note from the system.
  • When you submit your work, we take that as an indication you're interested in Raleigh Review and our work, so we will add your email to our mailing list. We send a monthly newsletter, and once in a while an extra email, but we do our best not to overload in-boxes, and of course you are free to unsubscribe at any time.
  • If your work is accepted for publication, please refrain from submitting again for a year.

For Poetry

  • Send four to five poems in ONE file (.doc, .docx, .pdf only).
  • If you think your poems will make a perfect stranger's toes tingle, heart leap, or brain sizzle, then send it our way. We typically do not publish avant garde or language poetry and have a general aversion to unnecessarily exclusive work. We do like a poem that causes--for a wide audience--a visceral reaction to intellectually and emotionally rich material.
  • 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 (.doc, .docx, .pdf only).
  • 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 (.doc, .docx, .pdf only). Note: While we accept up to 7,500 words, stories at the 4,000-5,000 word mark are more likely to be accepted than those that are longer, simply due to space constraints.
  • 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!