Split Rock Review is now accepting submissions for our Fall 2018 Issue, 2018 Poetry Chapbook Contest, and Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology.

Split Rock Review publishes poetry, short creative nonfiction, book reviews, interviews, graphic narratives, comics, and artwork that explore place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. We recommend that you read previous issues to get a better idea of our preferences.  

Please carefully review our submission categories (we have several) and guidelines. Your work will be considered in the genre to which it's submitted. All submissions should include a brief biographical note (space is provided in the online submission form). Place titles of work in the “Submission Title” field, with titles separated by commas. No identifying information may appear on the pages of your manuscript.

We acquire first serial/electronic rights and electronic archival rights. You also agree that if the work is published subsequently (online or in print) acknowledgment is given to Split Rock Review.

We do not consider previously published works.​​ 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.
 

Thank you for your interest in Split Rock Review

Split Rock Review invites poetry submissions for Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology.  

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 2 to 6 poems in a single MS Word document file. 
  • 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. 
  • We do not consider previously published poems. 
  • No identifying information may appear on the pages of the manuscript.
  • We do not accept work that is hateful, racist, sexist, or bigoted toward any demographics, nor do we accept work that is unnecessarily obscene and vulgar. 
  • Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication.
  • There is no reading fee for this category. Yay!

2018 Split Rock Review Poetry Chapbook Contest. 

The winning poet will receive 10 contributor copies of the chapbook, and it will be available for sale at Amazon, independent booksellers, and Split Rock Review's online store. 

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 with great care and attention, and the final judge is the Editor-in-Chief. We prefer manuscripts that explore place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. 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.
  • 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. 

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).


*Why an entry fee? 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 online publication. 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.

**Submittable charges SRR to use their online submission system. Submittable also retains $0.99 + 5% of the entry fee.

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Please submit two to six poems in a single Word document file. Please read previous issues to get a better idea of our preferences.   

  • Poems should be single-spaced, or how the poems should appear on the page.
  • Do not submit multiple poems in separate files.
  • Start each poem on a new page in one MS Word document file. 
  • No identifying information may appear on the pages of the manuscript.
  • We prefer poetry that explores place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. 
  • We do not accept translations, erotica, or fantasy.
  • We do not accept work that is hateful, racist, sexist, or bigoted toward any demographics, nor do we accept work that is unnecessarily obscene and vulgar. 

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.

Why an administrative fee? We charge the minimum fee in order to support the technical aspects of our online publication. Please know that as writers ourselves we do not like charging a fee, but 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. 

*Submittable charges SRR to use their online submission system. Submittable also retains $0.99 + 5% of the administration fee.

We accept short creative nonfiction stories no longer than 1,000 words in length. Please read previous issues to get a better idea of our preferences.

  • Submit one to three stories in a single MS Word document. 
  • Each story should be double-spaced (or how it should appear on the page). 
  • Each story should NOT exceed 1,000 words in length. 
  • Do not submit multiple stories in separate files. 
  • Start each story on a new page in one Word document file. 
  • No identifying information may appear on the pages of the manuscript.
  • We prefer works that explore place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. 
  • We do not accept translations, how-to, self-help, YA, or erotica.
  • We do not accept work that is hateful, racist, sexist, or bigoted toward any demographics, nor do we accept work that is unnecessarily obscene and vulgar. 

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.

Why an administrative fee? We charge the minimum fee in order to support the technical aspects of our online publication. Please know that as writers ourselves we do not like charging a fee, but 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. 

*Submittable charges SRR to use their online submission system. Submittable also retains $0.99 + 5% of the administrative fee.

We accept graphic narratives and comics that showcases 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. Please review previous issues to get a better idea of our preferences. 

  • We publish in black/white and color. 
  • Keep files under 1MB
  • Submit up to 15 files
  • We do not accept photography and paintings in this category (see Artwork/Cover Art category). 
  • No identifying information may appear on the images or manuscript.
  • We do not accept work that is hateful, racist, sexist, or bigoted toward any demographics, nor do we accept work that is unnecessarily obscene and vulgar. 
  • If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a high-resolution image for publication. 
  • Accepted file types: Doc, Docx, JPG, PNG, GIF   

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.  

Why an administrative fee? We charge the minimum fee in order to support the technical aspects of our online publication. Please know that as writers ourselves we do not like charging a fee, but 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. 

*Submittable charges SRR to use their online submission system. Submittable also retains $0.99 + 5% of the administrative fee.

We are always looking for single images and feature worthy series that explore and interpret place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. Please review past issues to get a better idea of our preferences. 

  • We accept photography and paintings.
  • We publish in black/white and color.
  • We request that you keep files under 1MB
  • You may submit up to 5 images
  • No identifying information may appear on the images or manuscript.
  • We do not accept work that is hateful, racist, sexist, or bigoted toward any demographics, nor do we accept work that is unnecessarily obscene and vulgar. 
  • If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a high-resolution image for publication. 

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.  

Why an administrative fee? We charge the minimum fee in order to support the technical aspects of our online publication. Please know that we do not like charging a fee, but 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. 

*Submittable charges SRR to use their online submission system. Submittable also retains $0.99 + 5% of the administrative fee.