Rappahannock Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submissions are open until mid-February.

General Guidelines:

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 editor@rappahannockreview.com.

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.


Poetry

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. 


Nonfiction

Authors of creative nonfiction may submit a single essay with a maximum length of 9,000 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.


Fiction

Rappahannock Review is looking for original, well-written fiction. Submissions may contain one piece of up to 9,000 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.



Special Theme Issue: Appetite

NOTE: Please address your cover letter to the appropriate editor (Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry).

Rappahannock Review, a literary magazine based at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, for its summer theme issue, "Appetite."

We praise a healthy appetite, but we know, too, that there are appetites for destruction fed by recipes for disaster. Appetites are desires, inclinations, dispositions, but they are also obsessions, passions, ideas that will not go away. At various times, we might hunger for love, for adventure, for sex, for approval, for chaos. We might crave a specific taste or texture, a scent that takes us back to the arms of our first love, the sounds that transport us to being sixteen again. Appetites make us hungry while simultaneously consuming us.

For its upcoming issue, Rappahannock Review invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that consider all the manifestations of appetite. Please submit one story, one essay, or up to five poems.

We will accept submissions for this theme issue from January 13 to mid-February, 2014. Any submissions received after this deadline will not be considered.

Please submit via the Submission Manager (https://rappahannockreview.submittable.com/submit).

We accept simultaneous submissions, however, please notify us immediately upon acceptance of your work elsewhere.