Split Rock Review seeks submissions for our Great Lakes Poetry Anthology, Fall 2018 Issue, and 2018 Poetry Chapbook Contest.

We only accept submissions through Submittable. 

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.  

We acquire first-time Internet rights for works we publish online. All other rights revert to the author upon publication, but we ask that Split Rock Review is acknowledged 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 writers/artists and their work. 



Reading Period: May 1 - June 30, 2018

Split Rock Review invites submissions of poetry for its Great Lakes Poetry Anthology to be published in winter 2018. We seek poems that emphasize the beauty, uniqueness, diversity, history, ecology, geological wonders, and importance of the Laurentian Great Lakes and the communities surrounding them. 

Submit two to six poems in a single Word document file. Submit once per reading period. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication. All poems submitted for consideration must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions allowed. No submission fee for this category. Yay!

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Chequamegon Bay Arts Council and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. 



Reading Period: May 1 - July 31, 2018

Submit two to six poems in a single Word document file. 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. 



Reading Period: May 1 - July 31, 2018

Each creative non-fiction story should be double-spaced and no longer than 1000 words in length. 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. 



Reading Period: May 1 - July 31, 2018

We accept graphic narratives and comics that showcase a balance of both literary and artistic merit (i.e., there should be a balance between the quality of the art and the text). We prefer work that is character and narrative driven that also explores place and the environment. We publish in black/white and color. We request that you keep files under 1MB. Submit up to 15 images. If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a high-resolution image for publication.



Reading Period: May 1 - July 31, 2018

We accept photography and paintings that explore place and the natural environment. We publish in black/white and color. We request that you keep files under 1MB. Submit up to 5 images. 600 dpi minimum. If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a high-resolution image for publication. 



Reading Period: May 1 - July 31, 2018

Split Rock Review holds an annual poetry chapbook contest. The winning poet will receive 15 contributor copies of the chapbook, and it will be sold on Amazon and Split Rock Review's website. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Only online submissions via Submittable will be considered. There is an entry fee of $10.00*.
  • 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

  • Manuscripts must be between 18 to 24 pages in length.
  • Pages must be numbered.
  • 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). In the acknowledgements page, please indicate which poems have been previously published (i.e. title of poem) and by whom (name of publication).

*Split Rock Review is an independent, not-for-profit literary organization. We charge a minimum entry fee in order to support the publishing and marketing of the winning chapbook collection and the technical aspects of our on and offline publications. Please know that 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. 



We try to make decisions for submissions within two to three 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.