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 and fiction, comics, hybrids, visual poetry, interviews, book reviews, photography, and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Our reading period for Issue 19 and the Split Rock Press Poetry Chapbook Series is June 1 - August 31, 2022. 

Many thanks for your interest in Split Rock Review and Split Rock Press! We look forward to reviewing your work. 

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$5.00

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


The Expedited option is an opportunity to support Split Rock Review and our role within the literary community. It also places your submission at the top of our reading pile. You can expect a response within two weeks. 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 Expedited submissions do not guarantee publication.

GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Please submit only once per reading period (across all genres).  
  • We accept collaborative works, but please provide the names of all the collaborators.
  • We are particularly interested in work by people historically underrepresented in literary publishing: artists and writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, gender-nonconforming, LGBTQIA+, women, and other marginalized communities.
  • 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 in one document file.
  • Include your name, email address, and genre on the first page of your submission.
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF file types.
  • Begin each poem on a new page.
  • Poems should be single-spaced, or how they should appear on the page.


SHORT CREATIVE NONFICTION  <2,000 words

  • Submit 1-2 pieces of short creative nonfiction in one document file.
  • Include your name, email address, and genre on the first page of your submission.
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF file types.
  • Begin each piece on a new page.
  • Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page.
  • Each piece should not exceed 2,000 words in length.


SHORT FICTION <2,000 words

  • Submit 1-2 pieces of short fiction in one document file.
  • Include your name, email address, and genre on the first page of your submission.
  • Fiction should be environmentally, ecologically, or place-based, 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.
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF file types.
  • Begin each story on a new page.
  • Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page.
  • Each story should not exceed 2,000 words in length.


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 and PNG file types.
  • 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, relief printing, etc.).
  • We prefer JPG and PNG file types.
  • 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.


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$3.00

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


The Tip Jar 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.


GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Please submit only once per reading period (across all genres).
  • We accept collaborative works, but please provide the names of all the collaborators.
  • We are particularly interested in work by people historically underrepresented in literary publishing: artists and writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, gender-nonconforming, LGBTQIA+, women, and other marginalized communities.
  • 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 in one document file.
  •  Include your name, email address, and genre on the first page of your submission.
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF file types.
  • Begin each poem on a new page.
  • Poems should be single-spaced, or how they should appear on the page.


SHORT CREATIVE NONFICTION  <2,000 words

  • Submit 1-2 pieces of short creative nonfiction in one document file.
  • Include your name, email address, and genre on the first page of your submission.
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF file types.
  • Begin each piece on a new page.
  • Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page.
  • Each piece should not exceed 2,000 words in length.


SHORT FICTION <2,000 words

  • Submit 1-2 pieces of short fiction in one document file.
  • Include your name, email address, and genre on the first page of your submission.
  • Fiction should be environmentally, ecologically, or place-based, 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.
  • We prefer Word doc, docx, PDF file types.
  • Begin each story on a new page.
  • Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page.
  • Each story should not exceed 2,000 words in length.


COMICS, HYBRIDS, & VISUAL POETRY

  • Submit up to 10 pages of comics, graphic stories, hybrids, visual poetry (whatever you want to call them).
  • We prefer JPG and PNG file types.
  • 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, relief printing, etc.).
  • We prefer JPG and PNG file types.
  • 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.


Split Rock Press, an imprint of Split Rock Review, seeks poetry chapbook manuscripts that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world for publication in 2023.


Our chapbooks are perfect-bound and feature striking cover designs. Books are printed using chlorine-free ink on acid-free paper supplied by a Forest Stewardship Council-certified provider. The interior paper is made from 30% post-consumer waste recycled material. Each book receives an ISBN and will be distributed through our online store,  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and can be ordered from your favorite independent bookseller.


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 2023.


Split Rock Press is fully committed to fairness. The editorial team reads all the submissions with great care and attention, and the editor/founder makes the final decision. Authors should refrain from submitting their work if they are current/former colleagues or students, or friends of the editorial team.


We endorse and abide by the Code of Ethics developed by the Council of Literary Magazines and Press (CLMP):
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to:

  1. Conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;
  2. To provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and
  3. To make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.


Chapbook Manuscript Format

  • Submissions are read concealed. Identifying information of the author should NOT be included anywhere on the manuscript, in the name of your file, or in the “title” field in Submittable. Submissions that reveal the author’s identity will be disqualified, and fees will not be refunded.
  • If we have published your poetry in Split Rock Review, please do not include these poems in your manuscript. If your manuscript is selected, you may be able to place them in the collection later.
  • Manuscript length should be 16 to 30 pages in length (Word doc, docx, PDF files preferred).
  • Include page numbers and start each poem on a new page.
  • Include a title page and table of contents page. If applicable, indicate which poems have been previously published (title of poem) and by whom (name of publication) in the Acknowledgments page. Title, TOC, and Acknowledgments 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.


Chapbook Submission Guidelines

  • We only accept submissions via Submittable.
  • There is a $8.00 processing fee 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 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. 
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