We want to read your stuff!

We accept poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, photographic essay, and visual poetry.

If you’re interested in getting a better sense of what we’re looking for, feel free to browse both our current issue and our archives—everything is open access and free, so you’re welcome to it!

The nitty gritty: 

  • We accept submissions from September 1 through January 1. Issues are published on a rolling basis throughout the year.

  • We accept fiction and non-fiction submissions up to 5,000 words and poetry submissions up to 100 lines.

  • For each submission cycle, we will read up to 5 poems, 1 short story, and 1 piece of creative nonfiction per person.

  • While we welcome submissions of visual poetry and photographic essays from people around the world, we publish paintings and drawing only by those from or living in southwestern Virginia. If you fit that criteria and are interested in having us consider your work for a featured gallery, please send an e-mail to review@roanoke.edu with attached images or a link to an online portfolio. Please, no graphic representations of a violent or sexual nature.

  • For all submissions, include your contact information on the top of the first page and a header with your name on all subsequent pages. For prose pieces, please number your pages.

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw your piece if it is accepted elsewhere. If we accept you first and you accept our acceptance, please honor that.

  • We do not accept previously published material.

  • For those who do not use Submittable, a hardcopy with a SASE (if you want a response) can be mailed to Roanoke Review, Miller Hall, 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153. We go by postmark dates, not dates of arrival. We do not accept email submissions of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction.

  • We accept only 200 submissions per month via Submittable. If that limit is hit, submissions will reopen on the first day of the next month.

  • There are no charges or reading fees.

  • We are not able to offer payment to authors, but we frequently nominate work for national prizes. (See our 2017 nominations for more info).

  • We reserve the right to pull work from the journal at any point and for any reason. We've never had a reason to do so, but we're reserving the right, all the same.

  • We do not accept submissions from current Roanoke College students. Graduates, however, are welcome to send work.

  • If you are interested in having a new book of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction reviewed, please send a copy to Reviews, Roanoke Review, Miller Hall, Roanoke College, Salem VA 24153.

Roanoke Review is a proud member of the Roanoke College community in Salem, Virginia.