Split Rock Review is a not-for-profit publication run by volunteers who love literature, art, and the wilderness.

We publish literature and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and nature. We want the wild, profound, and quirky. We encourage you to peruse our back issues and books to get to know us better.

We only accept submissions through Submittable. 

REWILDING: POEMS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (Anthology)

Reading period: September 1 - December 31.

Flexible Press and Split Rock Review seek poetry submissions for Rewilding: Poems for the Environment (Flexible Press, 2020), an anthology that explores the current state of the natural environment.

We want to bring together a diverse spectrum of current poets writing about the environment in varied, thematic, and innovative ways. We aim to showcase a wide range of voices, especially from underrepresented communities.

All proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Boundary Waters and Wilderness, a nonprofit environmental organization.

  • Submit 3 – 6 poems in a single Word or PDF file via Submittable. (Please only submit once for consideration.)

  • There is NO submission fee for this category. Yay! Submittable allows us 250 free submissions per month. If free submissions are closed on Submittable for this category, that means we have reached our 250 maximum; please try submitting again on the first of the next month when our allowance of 250 free submissions begins again.

  • In your cover letter, provide a third person bio (100 words or fewer). List the title of each poem and, if it was previously published, note where it appeared and when.

  • By submitting previously published work for inclusion in the anthology, you are indicating that you have retained the rights.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions. However, please withdraw your work immediately should a piece you’ve submitted be accepted elsewhere. If you are withdrawing your entire submission, please log in to your Submittable account and click “Withdraw.” If you need to withdraw part of your submission, open it within Submittable and "Add" a note indicating the poem or poems you'd like to withdraw. We will see your note and gladly consider the available poems.

  • No manuscript edits or revisions will be considered during the reading period.

  • If your work is selected to appear in the anthology, all rights revert back to you upon publication.

  • Payment will be in the form of a copy of the anthology.

ISSUE 14 (Spring 2020)

Reading period: September 1 - November 30.

Split Rock Review seeks submissions of poetry, short creative nonfiction, comics, graphic stories, hybrids/visual poetry, photography, and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and nature.

  • We only accept submissions via Submittible.

  • There is a $2.00 submission fee for this category.

  • Please only submit once per reading period for consideration in Issue 14.

  • Do not mix genres in your submission.

  • We do not accept works of translation or previously published work for our journal issues.

  • No manuscript edits or revisions will be considered during the reading period.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions. However, please withdraw your work immediately should a piece you’ve submitted be accepted elsewhere. If you are withdrawing your entire submission, please log in to your Submittable account and click “Withdraw.” If you need to withdraw part of your submission, open it within Submittable and "Add" a note indicating the poem or poems you'd like to withdraw. We will see your note and gladly consider the available poems.

  • For previous SRR contributors, please wait at least two years from the publication of your piece before submitting to us again. We want to give other writers and artists an opportunity to be published and showcased in SRR.

  • If your work is accepted, you agree to give Split Rock Review First Electronic Rights and Archival Rights. You may republish your work without fee, but we ask that Split Rock Review is acknowledged as its place of initial publication.

SPLIT ROCK POETRY CHAPBOOK SERIES

Reading period: September 1 - November 30.

Split Rock Press, an extension of Split Rock Review, seeks poetry chapbook manuscripts that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and nature.

We aim to publish 1 to 4 poetry chapbooks in 2020.

Our chapbooks are perfect-bound that feature striking cover designs. Books are printed using chlorine-free ink on acid-free paper supplied by a Forest Stewardship Council-certified provider. The interior paper is made from 30% post-consumer waste recycled material.

Each book receives an ISBN and will be distributed through Ingram, Amazon, and our e-store.

Payment is offered in the form of 10 copies, a 50% discount on additional author copies, and a complimentary copy of the other chapbooks published in 2020.

The editorial team reads all the submissions with great care and attention, and the editor makes the final decision. Writers should refrain from submitting their work if they are current/former colleagues or students of the editorial team.

Chapbook Manuscript Format

  • Manuscript length should be 18 to 32 pages in length (Word doc, docx, PDF).

  • Include page numbers and start each poem on a new page.

  • Include a title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgment page (not included in the page count). If applicable, indicate which poems have been previously published (title of poem) and by whom (name of publication) in the acknowledgments page.

  • Manuscripts should use 1 inch margins and a standard font/size (e.g., 12 pt. Times New Roman).

  • Do not include images or graphics unless they are an essential part of your manuscript.

  • Submissions are read blind. Please do not include identifying information on the pages of the manuscript.

Chapbook Submission Guidelines

  • We only accept submissions via Submittable.

  • There is a submission fee of $7.00 for this category.

  • Individual poems in a manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, and anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

  • Please submit only one manuscript per reading period.

  • Co-authored manuscripts are accepted.

  • We do not accept translation poetry. Sorry.

  • Simultaneous submissions are OK, but please notify us immediately by withdrawing your manuscript via Submittable if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.

  • No edits or revisions to the manuscript will be considered during the reading period, but the selected author(s) will have an opportunity to make revisions prior to publication.

  • If your work is accepted, you agree to give Split Rock Press First North American Serial Rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication, but we ask that Split Rock Press is acknowledged as its place of initial publication.

BOOK REVIEWERS

Want to join our team? If you are interested in volunteering as a book reviewer for Split Rock Review’s SHORELINE, please send a brief message stating your interest, a short bio, and provide a sample review to splitrockreview [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line: Shoreline/Reviewer_Your Name.

WHY A SUBMISSION FEE FOR JOURNAL ISSUES & CHAPBOOKS?

We are an independent, not-for-profit publication and press run by volunteers. Sometimes we charge a nominal fee to help defray (but it does not entirely cover) our submission processing fees, hosting fees, and ongoing operational costs. Please know that as writers and artists ourselves we do not like charging a fee, but we can't operate without our submitters' support. In return, we hope to give our writers and artists the recognition they deserve and a pathway to further opportunities.

*Submittable charges SRR to use their online submission system. Submittable also retains $0.99 + 5% of the submission fee.

RESPONSE TIME

We try to make decisions for submissions within three months. However, response times may take a little bit longer. If you haven't heard from us after four months, please check the status of your submission via your Submittable account.