Thank you for your interest in River and South Review, the literary magazine associated with the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University.

River and South Review seeks to be a home for work that evokes a visceral reaction, encourages continued conversation, captures the adventures of life, and spurs our readers to go find their own adventures to write about.

As writers, we want writing that makes us wish we had written it. We want writing that makes us think and wonder; laugh and cry; sigh and scream; nod our heads yes and no. We want work that stays with us long after we’ve left the page. And, of course, we want all of this in well-crafted pieces that demonstrate skill with form and language.

River & South Review publishes twice each year – a Summer issue in June and a Winter issue in January.


The submission period for our Winter 2019 issue is now closed. Our next reading period opens on February 15, 2019. 


*Submission Guidelines

Fiction or Nonfiction pieces up to 2,500 words, original work, previously unpublished. We consider work appearing in print and online journals, anthologies, books, and personal blogs as published.

Submit your work in a Word document and title it as follows:                            Lastname_Title

Up to three (3) poems, original work, previously unpublished.

Submit each poem as a separate Word document and title each as follows:  Lastname_Title

You may send one submission per genre per reading period.

If your work is accepted, you will need to provide a 75-word bio written in the third person.

Submissions are only open February 15 through April 15 for our summer issue, and August 15 through October 15 for our winter issue. Notifications for the summer issue will be sent by May 15. By November 15 for the winter issue.

If you have any questions about our submission guidelines, please email us at Please do not send submission via email. We will only accept submissions sent using the forms above.

We are unable to offer payment to contributors at this time.

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if a piece you submitted to us is accepted elsewhere.

River & South Review requests First North American Serial Rights and the right to archive our contributors’ work. All other rights revert back to the author upon publication. Please acknowledge River & South Review as the journal of first publication when placing your work elsewhere.

*We do not publish work by anyone with an affiliation to Wilkes University or to the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University.