We are currently open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Please follow the general guidelines below.

PLEASE NOTE: Once we reach 300 submissions per month, our open categories will automatically shut down in Submittable. At this time, due to our current subscription, we cannot accept additional submissions through this system once that happens, and we encourage you to submit in a future open reading period. 

For Visual Art submissions, please feel free to query us to submit via email.

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 rappahannockreview@gmail.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.


We are 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. 


The Rappahannock Review is now accepting audio. Spoken poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and other audio adventures of all kinds are welcome, and we’re especially seeking pieces with enthralling voices, compelling stories, strong and moving narratives, or anything else that can excite us from the moment we press play. We encourage experimenting with the form—performance, soundscapes, narrative noise, that which pushes past the edge of the genres are all welcome. Submit up to three short pieces or one longer work up to 15 minutes in length per submission. 

Guidelines for Visual Art Submissions:

We will accept a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of twenty (20)  pieces. No submitted piece may have been previously published in another  journal. If your work is selected we will need a short bio, no longer  than a paragraph in length. You may send us one with your original  submission or provide contact information for us to request one upon  selection. If you want to have additional information about a specific  piece displayed, or a link to your webpage, feel free to include that  information as well.

To submit, use this submission form. Alternately, you may email your pieces and bio to: rappahannockreview@gmail.com  (you may e-mail files directly or link to a third party distributor such as Dropbox or Google Drive).


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