Raleigh Review is a 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 April 1 - May 31.

Thanks for your interest in Raleigh Review. We look forward to reading your work.


ENTRY FEE: $15 USD, which includes a copy of the Fall 2019 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.
  • All poems submitted will be considered for publication and standard payment.
  • Honorable Mentions will also receive a 2-year subscription to Raleigh Review.
  • All entrants will receive the Fall 2019 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  • Submit up to five pages of unpublished poems per entry.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.

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