The reading period for the 2018 Split Rock Review Poetry Chapbook Contest and the Fall 2018 Issue is May 1 - August 1, 2018. 

We aim to publish place-based and environmental poetry, creative non-fiction, graphic literature, and comics. Please read past issues to get a better sense of the work we publish.

We only accept submissions through Submittable, our ONLINE SUBMISSION MANAGER.  

All submissions should include a biographical note and contact information (space is provided in the online submission form). Place titles of work in the “Submission Title” field, with titles separated by commas. You can abbreviate titles if they don’t fit in the space provided. Save all poems or prose pieces in one file document before submitting. We prefer poetry and prose to be saved as a Word doc or docx file. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered. 

We acquire first North American serial rights for works we publish, which will be archived online and may be featured in special print editions. All rights revert to the author upon publication and may be reprinted, but we ask that we get acknowledgement as its place of initial publication. 

We do not consider previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but if your piece is accepted elsewhere we ask you to withdraw or make a note of it in your submission by way of our online submission system. 

Unfortunately, we cannot pay our contributors; however, we do our best to promote our authors and their work. 



Please send one to five poems in a single Word document file (with a max of seven pages total per submission). Submit once per reading period. Please note that we prefer poetry that explores place and the environment. We do not accept translations, fantasy, or erotica. 



Each creative non-fiction story should be double-spaced and no longer than 1000 words in length. You may submit one to three stories in a single Word document file. Please note that we prefer works that explore place and the environment. Submit once per reading period. We do not accept fantasy, erotica, self-help, how-to, or YA. 



We accept sequential art, comics, hybrids, poems-as-comics, visual poems, or whatever you want to call them, as long as they showcase a balance of both literary and artistic merit. We publish in black/white and color. Please note that we prefer works that explore place and the environment. We request that you keep files under 1MB. You may submit up to 15 images



Split Rock Review holds an annual poetry chapbook contest. The reading period for the 2018 chapbook contest is May 1 - 31, 2018. The winning poet will receive 15 contributor copies of the completed work, and the book will be sold on Amazon and Split Rock Review's online store

Submission Guidelines

  • Only online submissions via Submittable will be considered. There is an entry fee of $12.00*.
  • The collection as a whole must be unpublished, but individual poems may have been previously published in periodicals or anthologies.
  • Submitting multiple manuscripts is fine with entry fees for each.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but poets must notify Split Rock Review immediately by withdrawing their manuscript via Submittable if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Co-authored manuscripts are acceptable.
  • Works of translations will NOT be considered.
  • Submissions that are hateful, racist, sexist, unnecessarily obscene and vulgar, or bigoted toward any demographics will NOT be considered. 
  • No manuscript revisions can be considered during the course of the contest, but the winning poet will have an opportunity to make revisions prior to publication.
  • The Split Rock Review editorial staff reads all the submissions thoughtfully and thoroughly, and the final judge is the editor.
  • Split Rock Review aims to ensure an ethical contest with a transparent process. Poets should refrain from entering the contest if their relationship to the SRR editorial staff constitutes a conflict of interest; poets may not have studied with any member of the SRR editorial staff in full-time accredited courses within the last 3 years.
  • For more information on what we publish, please review past issues of our magazine and the 2016 SRR poetry chapbook winner: Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper-Midwestern Melancholy by Marc J. Sheehan.

Manuscript Format

  • Manuscript layout must be 9” (height) by 6” (width) with .75 inch margins.
  • Manuscripts must be between 18 to 24 pages in length.
  • Pages must be numbered.
  • No more than one poem per page.
  • Submissions are read blind. No identifying information may appear on the pages of the manuscript.
  • Include a title page, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page (these pages are not included in chapbook page count). Please include specific acknowledgments if any of poems have appeared elsewhere. Indicate which poems have been previously published (i.e. title of poem) and by whom (name of publication), as we do consider unpublished individual pieces for possible publication in Split Rock Review.

*Split Rock Review is an independent, not-for-profit literary magazine. Entry fees help defray the costs of publishing the winning collection, marketing, and administering the submission manager and SRR website. 



We try to make decisions for submissions within two months. However, response times may take a little bit longer. If you haven't heard from us after four months, please check your Submittable account. If your submission is "In-Progress," we are still considering it for publication.