We look forward to reading your work! 

  • 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.
  • 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.
Ends on January 1, 2019

Short fiction submissions are accepted from September 1 - January 1, and may be up to 5,000 words. Please submit only one story during our reading period. Do not submit work previously published elsewhere.  Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw work when appropriate to do so.  

Ends on January 1, 2019

Nonfiction submissions are accepted from September 1 - January 1. Works may be up to 5,000 words in length, and covering any topic. Please submit only one creative non-fiction piece during our reading period. Do not submit work previously published elsewhere.  Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw work when appropriate to do so.   

Ends on January 1, 2019

Poetry submissions are accepted from September 1 - January 1. We select poems up to 100 lines in length.  You may send up to five poems per submission. Please submit only once during our reading period. Do not submit work previously published elsewhere.  Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw work when appropriate to do so. 

Ends on January 1, 2019

Submit up to 3 separate jpgs or up to 5 pieces in a single pdf. Do not submit work previously published elsewhere.  Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw work when appropriate to do so.  

Ends on January 1, 2019

We are happy to consider photo essays that contain up to 15 images. Please submit a PDF containing both the images and the text. Do not submit work previously published elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw work when appropriate to do so.  

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