GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Split Rock Review seeks submissions for Waters Deep: A 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 MS Word doc file. No identifying information may appear on the pages of the manuscript.

We acquire first serial/electronic rights and electronic archival rights. 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. 

 

WATERS DEEP: A GREAT LAKES POETRY ANTHOLOGY

Reading Period: May 1 - June 30, 2018

Split Rock Review invites submissions of poetry for Waters Deep: A 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 Great Lakes and the communities surrounding them. 

Submit two 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 consider previously published work. Each contributor will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication. The anthology will be available for sale at Amazon, independent booksellers, and Split Rock Review's online store. There is 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. 

 

POETRY, FALL 2018 ISSUE

Reading Period: May 1 - July 31, 2018

Submit two to six poems in a single MS Word document file. Submit once per reading period. Please note that we prefer poetry that explores place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. No identifying information may appear on the pages of the manuscript. We do not accept previously published work, translations, fantasy, or erotica. 

 

SHORT CREATIVE NON-FICTION, FALL 2018 ISSUE

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 MS Word document file. Please note that we prefer works that explore place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. 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, FALL 2018 ISSUE

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, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. 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. 

 

ARTWORK/COVER ART, FALL 2018 ISSUE

Reading Period: May 1 - July 31, 2018

We accept photography and paintings that explore explore place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. 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. 

 

2018 POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST

Reading Period: May 1 - July 31, 2018

Split Rock Review holds an annual poetry chapbook contest. The winning poet will receive 10 contributor copies of the chapbook, and it will be sold at Amazon, independent booksellers, and SRR's online shop. 

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 notify Split Rock Review immediately by withdrawing your 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-in-Chief. 
  • 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 5 years.
  • We recommend that you read previous issues and past winners to get a better idea of our preferences: 2017 Winner: The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals [A Love Story] by Rosemarie Dombrowski; 2016 Winner: Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper-Midwestern Melancholy by Marc J. Sheehan

Manuscript Format

  • Manuscripts must be between 12 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 publication. 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. 

 

RESPONSE TIME

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.