Raleigh Review is a national nonprofit magazine of poetry, short fiction, and art that offers accessible works of experience that are both emotionally and intellectually complex. At Raleigh Review we believe that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature through our biannual magazine as well as through workshops, readings, and other community events.

Submissions are open January-March for the Fall issue (closed April-May-June)
and July-October for the Spring issue (closed November-December).

Submissions for our Laux/Millar RR Poetry Prize will be open January 1 - May 31.

Thanks for your interest in Raleigh Review. We look forward to reading your work.
Ends on March 31, 2018$3.00
  • Send four to five poems.
  • If you think your poems will make a perfect stranger's toes tingle, heart leap, or brain sizzle, then send it our way. We typically do not publish avant garde or language poetry and have a general aversion to unnecessarily exclusive work. We do like a poem that causes--for a wide audience--a visceral reaction to intellectually and emotionally rich material.
  • If accepted, we will also request an audio recording, which is optional but highly encouraged.
Ends on March 31, 2018$3.00
  • Works of fiction up to 1,200 words (.doc, .docx, .pdf only).
  • Please do not combine multiple submissions in one file.
  • We prefer flash fiction with narrative elements (i.e., not only images).
  • While we are not looking specifically for speculative and genre fiction, we are open to literary stories with genre elements.
Ends on March 31, 2018$4.00
  • Works of fiction 1,200 to 7,500 words (.doc, .docx, .pdf only). Note: While we accept up to 7,500 words, stories at the 4,000-5,000 word mark are more likely to be accepted than those that are longer, simply due to space constraints.
  • Please do not combine multiple submissions in one file.
  • While we are not looking specifically for speculative and genre fiction, we are open to literary stories with genre elements.
  • We delight in stories from unique voices and perspectives. Any fiction that is born from a relatively unknown place grabs our attention.  
Ends on May 31, 2018$15.00

ENTRY FEE: $15 USD, which includes a copy of the Fall 2018 issue.

  • The Raleigh Review poetry staff will serve as preliminary judges.
  • The judges of the finalists will be Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar.

  • First Prize includes $500 USD and publication in the Fall 2018 issue.
  • Finalists will receive standard $10 payment along with publication.
  • Honorable Mentions will be considered for publication and standard payment.
  • All Finalists and Honorable Mentions will receive a 1-year subscription to 
    Raleigh Review.
  • All entrants will receive the Fall 2018 issue of Raleigh Review.


  • Submit up to five pages of unpublished poems per entry.
  • Entries are only accepted via Submittable.
  • Attached files should be free of personal identifiers such as name, address, phone and email, social media handles, etc. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. If one or more poems is selected for publication by another magazine, please leave a note on your submission via Submittable.
  • Failure to meet guidelines may result in disqualification.

Raleigh Review adheres strictly to the CLMP Code of Ethics. Current students or affiliates of Raleigh Review editorial staff and Raleigh Review board members are
not eligible to enter.

This contest is open to poets who reside in the USA.