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 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! River Bluff Review 2018

DEADLINE: Sunday, September 30h, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

The River Bluff Review is SIUE’s student literary magazine. For over twenty years it has been published each spring to showcase student work.

What are the editors looking for?

We accept: poetry, prose (fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and non-academic essays – including excerpts from longer pieces), short plays; graphic narrative; photography, drawings, and photographic representations of art in other media (black and white only). Works must not have previously appeared in print (this appearing online on websites, social media, or other platforms where the work may have previously appeared).

How much can I send?

No more than four total unpublished pieces of art and/or written work should be submitted.

How long can the written submissions be?

Due to space constraints, for prose and drama, individual pieces under 6,500 words are more likely to be accepted. For poetry and graphic narrative, combined submission total should not exceed 20 pages.

Who is eligible to submit?

All undergraduate and graduate students of SIUE are eligible to submit work.

How exactly do I submit?

Please send your work to as a single Word file with individual pieces separated by titles. The author’s/artist’s name should not appear on any piece submitted.  

What kind of files should I send?

Please send text-only submissions in Word format. 

Graphic files should be sent as JPEGs (300 dpi).

If your work is in another format, please contact us before submitting.

What other information do you need?

In the body of your email, please include the following:

  • Submitter's name
  • SIUE email address (to confirm student status)
  • preferred email address (if different)
  • phone number
  • title of the piece
  • word count (for prose fiction & nonfiction only)
  • appropriate category of each piece submitted (i.e., fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama for literary works, and medium for artistic works, i.e. drawing, B&W photography, etc.)

NOTE: The author’s/artist's name should not appear on any of the pieces submitted. Submissions are logged in by the RBR faculty adviser and reviewed by editors anonymously.

How will I know if you’ve received my submission?

The faculty adviser, Prof. Joshua Kryah, will send you an email notification that your work has been received. If you do not receive this notification, you should assume that your work has NOT been received and resubmit.

When do the editors make their decisions?

Editorial decisions are made by early November.

What if I don’t want to or am unable to send my submission via email?

You may turn in hard copy submissions at the River Bluff Review box in the 3200 wing of Peck Hall right outside the English Department.

Hard copy submissions should include a separate cover sheet.

Hard copies of artwork not used for the journal will be returned once the final editorial decisions have been made. Accepted artwork will be returned once the journal has gone to print.

What if I still have questions?

Email any questions regarding submissions to

DEADLINE: Sunday, September 30th, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

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