Wild River Review art by Christopher McCauley


Submission Guidelines

The online literary journal, Wild River Review, seeks the best in new writing, artwork, and photography from around the world.

We seek all genres of writing, including poetry, short stories, short-short stories, novel excerpts, memoirs, essays, novellas, book reviews, and all experimental forms of writing. We also support emerging writers of all ages and genres in two unique sections of our journal, “First Bylines” and “Wild Child.” “First Bylines” showcases talented writers in all genres who have not been published before. “Wild Child” showcases talented young writers in all genres who are ages 12 to 18.

In addition, we seek artwork, illustrations, comics, graphic stories, and photo essays.


All genres of Short Stories, Memoirs, and Essays, including submissions to “First Bylines” and “Wild Child” to a maximum of 5,000 words.

Novel Excerpts in any genre to a maximum of 5,000 words. Please include a synopsis of the entire work of no more than two pages.

Poetry, including submissions to “First Bylines” and “Wild Child,” to a maximum of 3 poems or 150 lines of poetry. If you have a longer body of work, please send us a query of no more than 150 words.

Features and Interviews should be proposed with a query of no more than 300 words.

Book reviews should be proposed with a query of no more than 150 words. The query should include a rationale for reviewing the book as well as the full title, author, publisher, and publication date.


Please do not send original artwork. We can only accept digital versions of your work. We prefer emailed JPEG attachments, but you may mail us a disk of your images. We accept both color and black and white images. You may email us up to 5 digital images, or mail us a disk with up to 15 images.


All literary e-mail submissions MUST be sent as a Microsoft Word or Rich Text document attachment. We cannot accept other file formats. We cannot accept zip files. Artwork MUST be sent as JPEGs.

Please include the following information at the bottom of EACH of the documents you submit to us: Name; e-mail address; phone number; genre; word count; bio of 100 words or less; and personal website if applicable. Artists, please include this information, as well as your medium and the number of pieces you are sending, in the text of your e-mail. If you would like your e-mail address displayed to readers with your published piece, please indicate this desire in the contact information you include with your submission.

Submissions sent in the body of an e-mail instead of as an attachment will not be considered.


When you email your submission(s), you will automatically receive an auto response email message. This is an acknowledgement that we have received your submission(s); however, please note that this is not a formal acceptance letter.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we will only contact you personally if we accept your work for publication. All work is thoroughly read and evaluated by our staff within two months of the date of receipt. We realize that the marketplace is competitive; therefore we welcome and encourage multiple submissions.

We retain online rights to your work for one year from date of publication. In the event that we publish a hard copy edition, we will contact you for permission to print your work.


Fiction Submissions

Non-Fiction Submissions

Poetry Submissions

Comics and Graphic Stories Submissions

Art Submissions

Wild Child

Novel Excerpt Submissions

Queries for Reviews, Features, and Interviews

First Bylines Submissions

Create a Tagline Contest

Fake Memoir Contest



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