River and Sound Review
Genres Accepted: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Humor, Literature in Translation
Established: 2006 (Journal: 2009)
Serious literature with an unpretentious soul
Payment: Payment on publication: $25 for poetry, $50 for prose.
RSR is a relative newcomer to online publication. Its original manifestation involved only live performances of “literary entertainment,” but has since expanded to include a quarterly online journal for like-minded poetry and prose. In either incarnation, RSR is committed to promoting the literary arts in an effective, appealing way.
Though it draws significant influence from the Puget Sound region of Canada, submitting to RSR is open to anyone committed to its mission: to “enrich readers with a diversity of established and emerging voices.”
In addition to traditional submissions, RSR holds two contests annually, one for prose and one for poetry.
One may infer from RSR‘s tagline that the journal has a humorous bent, but the publication includes thoughtful literature both serious and light. The journal presents itself modestly, which makes it seem more approachable for readers and writers alike.
Each issue has only about ten contributors, and it can be read in its entirety online. Though the journal is fairly young, one can still get an idea of what RSR has published so far and the kind of writing they lean toward.
Hekman Availability: Not available
Submissions are done via email only. RSR accepts a wide range of genres, each with their own guidelines. See their website for submission addresses and formatting instructions.
Poetry: Up to three poems
Fiction: Short stories—6,000 words or less
Nonfiction: Memoirs, essay, and reviews—4,000 words or less
Humor: Indeterminate genre—2,000 words or less
Literature in Translation: Translated work from non-American authors—any above genre (limitations relative to that genre apply)