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).
- January - March we are open to Short Fiction, Flash Fiction & Poetry
- July - October we are open to Flash Fiction & Poetry
- December 10 - December 25 fee free waiver applications based on financial hardship are considered.
Submissions for our Laux/Millar RR Poetry Prize will be open January 1 - June 1.
Submissions for our Flash Fiction Prize will be open July 1 - October 31.
Submissions for our Multi-Genre Geri Digiorno Prize will be open July 1 - October 31.
Thanks for your interest in Raleigh Review. We look forward to reading your work.
- 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 We typically do not publish avant garde or language poetry and have a general aversion to unnecessarily exclusive work.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.
General Flash Fiction Submission
- 1000 word limit on the flash fiction.
- 1 work of flash per general submission.
- Works of fiction 1,001 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.
ENTRY FEE: $15 USD, which includes a free copy of the Fall 2021 issue.
- The Raleigh Review poetry staff will serve as preliminary judges.
- The judges of the finalists will be Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar.
- 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.