Welcome to Split Rock Review's Submissions Hub! 


Split Rock Review is an independent, online publication run by volunteers who love literature, art, and the wilderness. 

We publish poetry, short creative nonfiction, short fiction, comics, graphic narratives, hybrids, visual poetry, photography, and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Our reading period for the Split Rock Press Chapbook Series is Nov. 1 - Nov. 30. 

The reading period for Issue 16 (Spring 2021) is Nov. 1 - Dec. 31. 

Thank you for your interest in Split Rock Review and Split Rock Press!

SPLIT ROCK PRESS, an extension of Split Rock Review, seeks poetry chapbook manuscripts that engage place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world. 


We aim to publish one or more chapbooks in 2021. 

Our chapbooks are perfect-bound that feature striking cover designs. Each chapbook receives an ISBN, and will be available through our website, Amazon, and independent booksellers. Payment is offered in the form of 10 copies, a 50% discount on additional author copies, and a complimentary copy of the other chapbooks published in 2021. The editorial team reads all the submissions with great care and attention, and the editor makes the final decision. Writers should refrain from submitting their work if they are current/former colleagues or students of the editorial team. 


Manuscript Format

  • Manuscript length should be 16 to 28 pages in length (Word doc, docx, PDF).
  • Include page numbers and start each poem on a new page.
  • Include a title page and table of contents. If applicable, indicate which poems have been previously published (title of poem) and by whom (name of publication) in an acknowledgments page. Title, TOC, and acknowledgment pages are not included in the page count. 
  • Manuscripts should use 1 inch margins and a standard font/size (e.g., 12 pt. Times New Roman).
  • Do not include images or graphics unless they are an essential part of your manuscript.
  • Submissions are read blind. Please do not include any identifying information in the file title or on the pages of the manuscript.


 Submission Guidelines

  • We only accept submissions via Submittable.
  • There is a submission fee of $7.00 for this category.
  • Individual poems in a manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, and anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. 
  • Please submit only one poetry manuscript per reading period.
  • Co-authored manuscripts are accepted.  
  • We do not accept translation poetry. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are OK, but please notify us immediately by withdrawing your manuscript via Submittable if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • No edits or revisions to the manuscript will be considered during the reading period, but the selected author(s) will have an opportunity to make revisions prior to publication.
  • If your work is accepted, you agree to give Split Rock Press First North American Serial Rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication, but we ask that Split Rock Press is acknowledged as its place of initial publication. 

 

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.
*Why a submission fee? We are an independent, not-for-profit press run by volunteers. Sometimes we charge a nominal fee to help defray (but it does not entirely cover) our submission processing fees, hosting fees, and ongoing operational costs. 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 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 submission fee.

We're offering an EXPEDITED submission option. 


This option places your submission at the top of our reading pile. You can expect a response within two weeks (usually sooner). Please know that this option does not guarantee publication. As an independent publication run by volunteers, your generous support helps defray our submission processing fees, hosting fees, and ongoing operational costs.
 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Please submit only once per reading period (across all genres). That means if you send us a fiction submission, you can’t also send us a poetry submission; if you send us comics, you can't also submit photography or fiction; if you send us art, you can't also submit creative nonfiction or poetry, or comics. Etc. 
  • We accept collaborative works, but please provide the names of all the collaborators.
  • We do not accept works of translation or previously published work for our journal issues (this includes personal blogs, social media posts, and websites).
  • No manuscript edits or revisions will be considered during the reading period. 
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. However, please withdraw your work immediately should a piece you’ve submitted be accepted elsewhere. If you are withdrawing your entire submission, please log in to your Submittable account and click “Withdraw.” If you need to withdraw part of your submission, open it within Submittable and "Add" a comment indicating the poem or poems you'd like to withdraw. We will see your note and gladly consider the available poems.
  • For previous SRR contributors, please wait one year (2 issues) from the publication of your piece before submitting to us again. You know we love your work, but we want to give other writers and artists an opportunity to be published and showcased in SRR.
  • If your work is accepted, you agree to give Split Rock Review First Electronic Rights and Archival Rights. You may republish your work without fee, but we ask that Split Rock Review is acknowledged as its place of initial publication. 
  • Unfortunately, we cannot pay our contributors; however, we do our best to promote our writers/artists and their work. 

 

POETRY 

  • Submit 3-5 poems. Include all poems in one submission file. 
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF files. 
  • Poems should be single-spaced, or how they should appear on the page.
  • Start each poem on a new page. 
  • Poems should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world. 

 

SHORT CREATIVE NONFICTION  < 1,000 words
 

  • Submit up to 2 pieces of creative nonfiction. Include all pieces in one submission file. 
  • Each piece should not exceed 1,000 words in length. 
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF files.  
  • Start each piece on a new page.
  • Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page. 
  • Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world. 

 

SHORT ECO-FICTION & CLI-FI < 1,000 words
 

  • Submit up to 2 pieces of fiction. Include all fiction pieces in one submission file. 
  • Each story should not exceed 1,000 words in length. 
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF files. 
  • Start each story on a new page.
  • Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page. 
  • Stories should be ecologically oriented fiction, which may address topics such as the relationship between natural settings and human communities that dwell within them, human impacts on the environment, cultural diaspora, climate refugees, reverence of and protection of nature, etc.

 

COMICS, GRAPHIC STORIES, HYBRIDS, & VISUAL POETRY
 

  • Submit up to 10 pages of comics, graphic stories, hybrids, visual poetry (whatever you want to call them). 
  • We prefer JPG or PNG file types for comics and graphic narratives. Hybrids and visual poetry may be submitted as Word or PDF files.
  • Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world. 
  • Please send the highest resolution possible for your work. 
  • If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a higher resolution file for publication. 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY & ART
 

  • Submit up to 10 images of photography or artwork (painting, drawing, letterpress or relief printing). 
  • We prefer JPG and PNG file types.
  • Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world. 
  • Please send the highest resolution possible for your work. 
  • If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a high-resolution image for publication. 


We're accepting submissions of poetry, short creative nonfiction, short fiction, comics, graphic stories, hybrids/visual poetry, photography, and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world.

This tipping option is an opportunity to support Split Rock Review and our role within the literary community. As an independent publication run by volunteers, your generous support helps defray our submission processing fees, hosting fees, and ongoing operational costs. Please know that Tip Jar submissions do not guarantee publication.
 

  • Please submit only once per reading period (across all genres). That means if you send us a fiction submission, you can’t also send us a poetry submission or creative nonfiction submission; if you send us comics, you can't also submit photography or fiction; if you send us art, you can't also submit creative nonfiction or comics or poetry. Etc.  
  • We do not accept works of translation or previously published work for our journal issues (this includes personal blogs, social media posts, and websites).
  • No manuscript edits or revisions will be considered during the reading period. 
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. However, please withdraw your work immediately should a piece you’ve submitted be accepted elsewhere. If you are withdrawing your entire submission, please log in to your Submittable account and click “Withdraw.” If you need to withdraw part of your submission, open it within Submittable and "Add" a comment indicating the poem or poems you'd like to withdraw. We will see your note and gladly consider the available poems.
  • We accept collaborative works, but please provide the names of all the collaborators.
  • For previous SRR contributors, please wait one year (2 issues) from the publication of your piece before submitting to us again. You know we love your work, but we want to give other writers and artists an opportunity to be published and showcased in SRR.
  • If your work is accepted, you agree to give Split Rock Review First Electronic Rights and Archival Rights. You may republish your work without fee, but we ask that Split Rock Review is acknowledged as its place of initial publication. 
  • Unfortunately, we cannot pay our contributors; however, we do our best to promote our writers/artists and their work.


POETRY 

  • Submit 3-5 poems. Include all poems in one submission file. 
  • Poems should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world. 
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF files.  
  • Poems should be single-spaced, or how they should appear on the page.
  • Start each poem on a new page. 

  

SHORT CREATIVE NONFICTION  < 1,000 words

  • Submit up to 2 pieces of creative nonfiction. Include all pieces in one submission file.
  • Each piece should not exceed 1,000 words in length.  
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF files.   
  • Start each piece on a new page.
  • Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page. 
  • Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world. 

  

SHORT ECO-FICTION & CLI-FI < 1,000 words

  • Submit up to 2 pieces of fiction. Include all fiction pieces in one submission file. 
  • Each story should not exceed 1,000 words in length. 
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF files. 
  • Start each story on a new page.
  • Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page. 
  • Stories should be ecologically oriented fiction, which may address topics such as the relationship between natural settings and human communities that dwell within them, human impacts on the environment, cultural diaspora, climate refugees, reverence of and protection of nature, etc.

  

COMICS, GRAPHIC STORIES, HYBRIDS, & VISUAL POETRY 

  • Submit up to 10 pages of comics, graphic stories, hybrids, visual poetry (whatever you want to call them). 
  • We prefer JPG or PNG file types for comics and graphic narratives. Hybrids and visual poetry may be submitted as Word or PDF files.
  • Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world. 
  • Please send the highest resolution possible for your work. 
  • If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a higher resolution file for publication. 

  

PHOTOGRAPHY & ART

  • Submit up to 10 images of photography or artwork (painting, drawing, letterpress or relief printing). 
  • We prefer JPG and PNG file types.
  • Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world. 
  • Please send the highest resolution possible for your work. 
  • If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a higher resolution image for publication. 
Ends on This opportunity will close after 300 submissions have been received.

Split Rock Review is accepting submissions of poetry, short creative nonfiction, short fiction, comics, graphic stories, hybrids, visual poetry, photography, and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world.
 

GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
 

  • We only accept submissions via Submittable. Any submissions sent via email will be unread. 
  • We know times are tough, especially for writers and artists. We're offering 300 FREE submissions during the month of November and December. If we reach our limit for the month, you may submit using the TIP JAR or EXPEDITED option.
  • Please submit only once per reading period (across all genres). That means if you send us a fiction submission, you can’t also send us a poetry submission or creative nonfiction submission; if you send us comics, you can't also submit photography or fiction; if you send us art, you can't also submit creative nonfiction or poetry or comics. Etc. 
  • We do not accept works of translation.
  • We do not accept previously published work for our journal issues (this includes personal blogs, social media posts, and websites).
  • We accept collaborative works, but please provide the names of all the collaborators.
  • No manuscript edits or revisions will be considered during the reading period. 
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. However, please withdraw your work immediately should a piece you’ve submitted be accepted elsewhere. If you are withdrawing your entire submission, please log in to your Submittable account and click “Withdraw.” If you need to withdraw part of your submission, open it within Submittable and "Add" a comment indicating the poem or poems you'd like to withdraw. We will see your note and gladly consider the available poems.
  • For previous SRR contributors, please wait one year (2 issues) from the publication of your piece before submitting to us again. You know we love your work, but we want to give other writers and artists an opportunity to be published and showcased in SRR.
  • If your work is accepted, you agree to give Split Rock Review First Electronic Rights and Archival Rights. You may republish your work without fee, but we ask that Split Rock Review is acknowledged as its place of initial publication. 
  • Unfortunately, we cannot pay our contributors; however, we do our best to promote our writers/artists and their work. 

 

POETRY
 

  • Submit 3-5 poems. Include all poems in one submission file. 
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF files.  
  • Poems should be single-spaced, or how they should appear on the page.
  • Start each poem on a new page. 
  • Poems should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world. 

 

SHORT CREATIVE NONFICTION  < 1,000 words
 

  • Submit up to 2 pieces of creative nonfiction. Include all pieces in one submission file. 
  • Each piece should not exceed 1,000 words in length.  
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF files. 
  • Start each piece on a new page.
  • Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page. 
  • Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world.

     

SHORT ECO-FICTION & CLI-FI  < 1,000 words
 

  • Submit up to 2 pieces of fiction. Include all fiction pieces in one submission file. 
  • Each story should not exceed 1,000 words in length.  
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF files.  
  • Start each story on a new page.
  • Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page. 
  • Stories should be ecologically oriented fiction, which may address topics such as the relationship between natural settings and human communities that dwell within them, human impacts on the environment, cultural diaspora, climate refugees, reverence of and protection of nature, etc. 

 

COMICS, GRAPHIC STORIES, HYBRIDS, & VISUAL POETRY 

  • Submit up to 10 pages of comics, graphic stories, hybrids, visual poetry (whatever you want to call them). 
  • We prefer JPG or PNG file types for comics and graphic narratives. Hybrids and visual poetry may be submitted as Word or PDF files. 
  • Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world. 
  • Please send the highest resolution possible of your work. 
  • If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a higher resolution file for publication. 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY & ART

  • Submit up to 10 images of photography or artwork (painting, drawing, letterpress or relief printing). 
  • We prefer JPG or PNG file types.
  • Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world. 
  • Please send the highest resolution possible of your work. 
  • If your work is accepted, we may ask you to send us a high-resolution image for publication.

Submissions that don't follow the above guidelines will not be considered. 

SPLIT ROCK REVIEW