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Dark River Review, the national undergraduate literary magazine at Alabama State University, is accepting submissions for the Summer 2017 issue from March 1, 2017, to April 26, 2017. Students currently enrolled as undergraduates at two- and four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, reviews of recent chapbooks and books, and visual art.

Our editorial collective has a wide aesthetic and especially desires excellent work, whether experimental or traditional or somewhere in between, from diverse and underrepresented voices, including but not limited to people of color, women, members of the LGBTQIA communities, and the differently-abled.

Please use our online submission manager at https://darkriverreview.submittable.com/submit to submit previously unpublished work.

NOTE: DUE TO AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE (AND A LARGE NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS BY PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CURRENTLY-ENROLLED IN UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE PROGRAMS), WE HAVE HAD TO ADD A FEE TO KEEP SUBMISSIONS OPEN. THIS $2.00 FEE  IS THE SMALLEST THAT SUBMITTABLE WILL ALLOW US TO CHARGE TO KEEP SUBMISSIONS OPEN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

EXCEPTION: CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS AT ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY MAY SUBMIT THEIR WORK VIA EMAIL TO DARK.RIVER.REVIEW@GMAIL.COM. PLEASE SUBMIT FROM YOUR ASU EMAIL ACCOUNT OR INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT ID NUMBER AS PROOF THAT YOU ARE AN ASU STUDENT.

  • All work should be original and previously unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece promptly if it’s accepted elsewhere.
  • Submit no more than six poems, three very short stories (up to 1000 words) or one short story (1000-5000 words), three works of very short creative nonfiction (up to 1000 words) or one creative nonfiction essay (1000-5000 words), reviews of chapbooks and books published since 2014, and six works of visual art.
  • Please send only your best work that has already been thoroughly proofread. Consider checking out advice for submitting to literary journals and the Dark River Review house style guide.
  • Poetry should be single-spaced. Prose should be double-spaced. Writing submissions must be saved in .doc, .docx, or .rtf. format.
  • Visual art submissions must be saved in .jpg or .png format at 300 dpi or better and should be publication ready.
  • Include a brief third-person biography of no more than fifty words (see examples below).
  • Notifications will be made on a rolling basis through August 2017 with an expected publication date in or after August 2017. Please do not query before August 2017.
  • Upon publication, Dark River Review assumes first serial rights; all rights revert back to contributors upon publication, so that authors and artists may re-publish their work elsewhere provided proper acknowledgment is given to Dark River Review.

The deadline for submissions is April 26, 2017.

Sample Biographies

Please include your name, the university you currently attend, major, and hometown. You may also include extracurricular activities, hobbies, some personal information, and a list of previous publications, if you have any.

Sally Doe, a junior physical therapy major at Alabama State University, is from Opelika, Alabama. She participates in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, Elite Models, and the Chess Team. She has been writing poems since she was six years old. This is her first publication.

Sam Doe, a Chicago native, majors in English at the University of Delaware. He is a member of Pulse Poetic Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and enjoys playing pickup basketball. He has a poem forthcoming in The Allegheny Review.