Submissions will open our general issue, due out in December 2015, on August 1.
We do not accept previously published work, including work that has appeared online in blogs or other forums. Simultaneous submissions are fine, though if your work is accepted elsewhere, please email us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are submitting poetry or flash pieces compile your work into a single document and then upload your submission. Authors who submit more than one file per genre will have their work returned unread.
Current or former employees of the University of Mary Washington are not eligible to submit work to the Rappahannock Review. We will not consider work from current UMW students; however, we will read work from alumni who graduated three or more years ago. If you are a previous contributor, please wait a year from publication before resubmitting work.
We accept poems ranging in any length and employing any
aesthetic, including free verse, prose poems, and formal poetry. Authors may
send up to five poems per submission. Poems may be part of a series.
Authors of creative nonfiction may submit a single essay with a maximum length of 8,000 words or three shorter pieces each containing no more than 1,000 words. Submissions may range from flash nonfiction to extended memoir. Experimental form is encouraged. We would like to see essays with insightful perspective and attention to craft.
Rappahannock Review is looking for original, well-written fiction. Submissions may contain one piece of up to 8,000 words or three pieces of flash, each containing 1,000 words or fewer. Pieces experimenting with form are encouraged. Although we are interested in a wide range of fiction, we will consider short, self-contained genre fiction (that is, no novel excerpts) that avoids cliché and experiments with the flexibility of its genre.