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.

*Submissions are open February 15 through April 15, with notifications sent by May 15 for summer issues. Submissions are open August 15 through October 15 with notifications sent by November 15 for winter issues.

**For those who have previously submitted content, please wait one entire submission period before presenting additional creative work.

***River & South Review only publishes previously unpublished work, as we consider content appearing in print and online journals, anthologies, books, and personal blogs as published.

DISCLAIMER: We do not publish work by anyone with an affiliation to Wilkes University, the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing, or the writing workshops that Wilkes University offers.

Submissions for our Summer 2021 issue are now closed. Thanks to all who submitted their poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Our editors are hard at work reading and discussing. We’ll be sending notifications by May 15, 2021. We’ll reopen for submissions for our Winter 2022 issue on August 15, 2021. 


  • Fiction or Nonfiction pieces up to 2,500 words, original work, previously unpublished***
  • Submit each fiction or nonfiction piece through the links below as a separate Word document and title each as follows:  YourLastname_Title


  • Up to three (3) poems, original work, previously unpublished***
  • Submit up to three (3) poems through the link below as one Word document and title as follows: YourLastname_NumberofPoems


  • 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.

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

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

If you have any questions about our submission guidelines, please email us at

Please do not send submissions via email. We will only accept submissions sent using the forms above.

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.