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 a unique section of our journal, “First Bylines.” “First Bylines” showcases talented writers in all genres who have not been published before. In addition, we seek artwork, illustrations, comics, and photo essays.

Unless we commission a piece from you, all work accepted for publication in Wild River Review is pro-bono. However, we will promote your work using a wide range of marketing outreach and social media tools. Please submit your work to:

Please consider the following questions when sending Wild River Review your work: 

  • How does your piece fit with Wild River Review’s larger mission? (Mission Statement
  • How will your piece (and its promotion) further Wild River’s mission and visibility?
  • What WRR publication category does your piece fit under?  (See below) 

Wild River Review Publication Categories:

  • Airmail: From Dubai to Paris to Hong Kong to Istanbul, your stories and viewpoints from around the world.
  • Slow Web Movement: See our Slow Web Movement essay.
  • Arts & Film    
  • International Viewpoints

General Submissions: Within the above categories, we accept short stories, memoirs, articles and essays, including submissions to “First Bylines” to a maximum of 3,000 words.

Novel Excerpts in any genre to a maximum of 3,000 words. Please include a synopsis of the entire work of no more than two pages.

Poetry, including submissions to “First Bylines,” 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. (Please refer to our Wild River criteria before sending your submissions).

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.

Art Submissions: 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.

Email Submissions: All literary email 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, email 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 email. 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 email instead of as an attachment will not be considered.

Reply Policy: 

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 from date of publication. In the event that we publish a hard copy edition, we will contact you for permission to print your work. As an international publication, we help our authors reach a wider audience. Permission is granted for republication through a formal query process, whereby notification is required.


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