GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The reading period for ISSUE 13 (Fall 2019) is March 1 - May 31, 2019.

Split Rock Review is an online, not-for-profit literary journal run by volunteers who love literature, art, and the natural environment.

We are seeking poetry, short creative nonfiction (1,000 words or less), hybrids, graphic narratives, comics, artwork, and photography that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and nature. We want the wild, profound, and quirky. We get excited by work that challenges, provokes, pushes boundaries, and disrupts forms and conventions. We encourage you to peruse our website and read back issues to get to know us better.

We only accept submissions through Submittable. 

All submissions should include a short 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 MS Word doc file. No identifying information should appear on the pages of the manuscript.

We acquire nonexclusive electronic rights and electronic archival rights for online publication. All 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. 

 

POETRY

Submit one to six poems in a single MS Word document file. Submit once per reading period. No identifying information may appear on the pages of the manuscript. We do not accept previously published work, translations, fantasy, or erotica. 

 

SHORT CREATIVE NONFICTION

Each nonfiction story should be double-spaced and no longer than 1000 words in length. Submit one to three stories in a single MS Word document file. Submit once per reading period. No identifying information may appear on the pages of the manuscript. We do not accept previously published work, fantasy, erotica, self-help, how-to, or YA. 

 

GRAPHIC NARRATIVES & COMICS

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 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. 

VISUAL POETRY & HYBRIDS

We welcome any and all interpretations of visual poetry—found, collages, erasures, obliteratures, asemic writing, hybrids, whatever you want to call them. Surprise us! We publish in black/white and color. We accept JPG, PNG, GIF, PDF, and Word document files. Submit up to 10 pieces. We request that you keep files under 1MB. If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a high-resolution image for publication. 

 

ARTWORK & PHOTOGRAPHY

We accept photography and paintings that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and nature. We publish in black/white and color. We request that you keep files under 1MB. Submit up to 10 images. If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a high-resolution image for 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.

 

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 or feel free to contact us.