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For Submissions of Poetry:

Send 1-3 poems. 

Please don't send song lyrics or greeting card verse, poems with explicit language, or poems that are overtly political, sexual, or discriminatory. 

It is unlikely that we will publish rhyming verse. 

It is unlikely that we will publish translations. 

While we will consider all types and forms of poetry, we lean toward image-driven work that is clearly grounded in craft. We pay attention to line breaks, enjambment, use of punctuation, musicality, rhythm of language, etc.

Applicable to all genres:

We read blind, so don’t put your name anywhere on your work or in the title of the file you attach. If we see a name, the submission will be disqualified and we won’t read it. You can add a cover letter and a 100-word, 3rd-person bio in the appropriate section on the form if you wish, but we are more interested in the quality of the work you send now than in your past achievements. If your work is accepted, we will contact you for your author’s bio.

Please use 12-point, Times New Roman font. We only accept .doc, .docx or PDF files.

We may ask for an edit in a piece of writing we really believe in.

While we’d love to compensate you for your beautiful words, we can’t do that yet.

We only accept work via Submittable.

Simultaneous submissions are perfectly OK, but please let us know if your work is accepted somewhere else by making a note in Submittable. Previously published work is not accepted.

We acquire first North American serial rights for work we publish. All rights revert to the author upon publication. Should your work be subsequently published in a chapbook, full collection, another journal, or anthology, please mention that it appeared first in Rockvale Review.

Submission Fee: We charge a $2.50 submission fee for all submissions.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.