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Submit to The Sandy River Review

Currently we are accepting submissions for The River only. The Sandy River Review is our annual print journal and The River is our online journal to accompany the print.

The submission period for The Sandy River Review‘s print issue is now closed. Our 2018 issue will be printed, mailed, & an online version will uploaded by early May.
Submissions will reopen in Fall 2018!

The River has rolling submissions.

We reserve the right to alter these guidelines at any time, so please check them before submitting.

While we work with a rotating staff and thus have a constantly changing creative vision, we are always searching for unique voices and bold writing. Whether you are a new or established writer, we do not discriminate in our search for talent, and encourage all submissions.

Please limit submissions to five poems or three prose entries. A mix of each is fine, so long as it does not go over five total pieces. Please do not submit the same pieces to consecutive issues.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere during our reading period.  We do not accept previously published work.

As of September 2014 we no longer accept snail mail submissions. Submissions sent to us via snail mail will not be read.

Submissions should primarily be in English. We are not accepting translations, reviews, or interviews at this time.

-3 page maximum.
-Please do not send us children’s poetry.

-Maximum of 3500 words, no minimum. Sudden/Flash Fiction welcome!
-We are interested in literary fiction. Please do not send us science fiction, romance, horror, mystery, or other genre fiction. However, pieces may include elements from these genres.

-Maximum of 3500 words, no minimum.
-We welcome all forms of creative nonfiction: memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, etcetera.

-Maximum of 3500 words, no minimum.
-We accept all forms of dramatic works such as short plays, scenes, monologues, and short screenplays.

-Submissions should be attached as 300 dpi quality .TIF or .JPG files, preferably saved in CMYK color-mode.

-Only MP3 file format is acceptable.
-Do not exceed 20 minutes or 5GB of size.

The Sandy River Review

At face value, we are a journal that simply enjoys the power of literary content. We publish a print issue once a year at The University of Maine at Farmington. This issue is overseen by Alice James Books and edited by student editors. We consider all recent content published in The River for the print issue as well. The submission deadline for the 2018 annual edition has passed, and we are not accepting submissions at this time. Please check back in Fall 2018 and on our Facebook page for more information. When the time comes, please click here to submit.

The River

The River, in a coursing water theme, is the new metaphorical “mouth” of The Sandy River Review. Sponsored and edited by student editors, it is a digital publication that feeds into the journal. To submit is to add to the ebbing or surging stream of content. Written work published in The River will be featured on the front page of the website and will be considered for the print issue of The Sandy River Review. Please email us at to submit.

-You are giving permission to The Sandy River Review to publish your work online in perpetuity in our archive.
-You will retain all ownership rights to the copyrights to your work.
-All published work will be copy-edited.


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