The Raven Review is a quarterly literary magazine that seeks to publish exceptional writing. More specifically, we publish in three categories: short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. We will begin to participate in Pushcart Prize nominations at the end of 2020. Submissions are accepted all year long, but they will be considered for the issue closest to the time in which the work was submitted. For reference, our submission and publication timeframes are as follows:
Winter issue: mid-January
Submission window: August 16 to November 15
Spring issue: mid-April
Submission window: November 16 to February 15
Summer issue: mid-July
Submission window: February 16 to May 15
Fall issue: mid-October
Submission window: May 16 to August 15
General Submission Guidelines
- Using the forms below, please submit your work in an unprotected Word document.
- All submissions must be previously unpublished in print or online.
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if a piece is published elsewhere by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send submissions to this address.
- Before submitting, we suggest that you read previous issues of The Raven Review in order to familiarize yourself with the type of pieces we are looking for.
We’re looking for exceptional short fiction that is thought-provoking, engaging, and of a high literary standard. While we are not a genre-specific magazine, we do prefer certain themes: we love pieces that cover real, raw, and hard-hitting topics with dark, gloomy, and macabre elements. If your piece doesn’t quite fit those themes, don’t worry. Submit anyway—we’re pretty open. Please keep your submission between 1,000 and 3,000 words. We only accept one fiction submission per person. We also accept flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) that follow the guidelines above. We only accept one flash fiction submission per person.
We will accept most forms of poetry including free-verse, haikus, odes, and sonnets. We only ask that the poems convey a coherent message and are of a high literary standard. When it comes to poetry, we love to feel things, so make us laugh, make us cry, and make us think. While we are not a genre-specific magazine, we do prefer certain themes. Therefore, while poetry submissions can be about any topic (within reason), we prefer poems that cover real, raw, and hard-hitting topics with dark, gloomy, and macabre elements. We accept up to five poetry submissions (in one file) per person.
We’re looking for excellent creative nonfiction that is thought-provoking, engaging, and of a high literary standard. Tell us something that happened to you or to someone you know. Give us your thoughts on trauma, mental illness, or the human experience. While we are not a genre-specific magazine, we do prefer certain themes: we love pieces that cover real, raw, and hard-hitting topics with dark, gloomy, and macabre elements. If your piece doesn’t quite fit those themes, don’t worry. Submit anyway—we’re pretty open. Please keep your submission between 1,000 and 3,000 words. We only accept one creative nonfiction submission per person.
- Include a cover letter within your submission document that includes your name as well as the title(s) of your piece(s).
- Simply title your submission file with your first and last name.
- Use a traditional font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Garamond.
- Poetry applicants: if you are submitting more than one poem, please include all pieces in one Word document with each poem on a separate page of the document.
Terms & Disclaimers
- We hold grammatical and syntactical accuracy in the highest regard at The Raven Review; therefore, we reserve the right to edit any minor grammatical mistakes in the submissions that we receive. However, we will seek the contributor’s approval before making any major edits that may alter the meaning of the piece.
- At this time, we are unable to pay our contributors; however, we would love to be able to compensate our writers in the near future, so stay tuned. You are also welcome to help support us by donating on our Ko-fi page if you feel so inclined. All donated funds will be used to help the magazine grow.
- By submitting to The Raven Review, you are indicating that you agree to the above guidelines and terms.