While we work on production of our upcoming issues (3.2, a general issue to be published in April 2016, and 3.3, our heat-themed issue, to be published in August 2016) we are closed for submissions. We will reopen for submissions in late summer (probably mid-August) 2016. When we are open for submissions, please follow the general guidelines below.
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 email@example.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. If you are a previous contributor, please wait a year from publication before resubmitting work.
While we strive to respond to all work as quickly as possible, careful attention does take time. Please wait at least six months from submission before querying.
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.