Submission Guidelines

***We are currently closed for submissions.***

We accept work from currently enrolled students at Susquehanna University. Below are the guidelines for each category we publish:

Fiction

We will consider literary short stories, flash fictions, and stand-alone novel excerpts. We have no set minimum or maximum word count, but please be aware that anything over 6,000 words may be more difficult for us to place. We accept a wide variety of styles and voices, provided the work is of high, literary quality and contains no hateful attitudes. Each submission should be sent as a separate Word document, and they should all be in standard manuscript format.

Poetry

We will consider any poem(s) with unique story or language that stands out to our editors. Please format your poems as you would like to see them in the magazine, with page breaks clearly indicating where one piece ends and another begins. Please do not send in PDF format unless absolutely necessary, and if this is the case, please send the PDF without your name visible on the document.

Photography

We will consider photography of any subject. Please send photographs as JPEG files in the highest possible resolution. If your photograph has a title, please use it as the file name - otherwise, it will go as “untitled.” Do not leave any watermarks, signatures, or other identifying information on the photograph itself. One photograph or work of art is chosen as our cover.

Artwork

We will consider art of any style and medium, including graphic design or photographs of 3D works. Send digital scans/photographs as JPEG files in the highest possible resolution. If your piece has a title, please use it as the file name - otherwise, it will go as “untitled.” Do not leave any watermarks, signatures, or other identifying information visible on the work itself. One photograph or work of art is chosen as our cover.

Graphic work

We will also accept comics, political cartoons, illustrated stories/poems, etc., provided that they keep in line with our literary standards. Please send these works as JPEG or PDF files in the highest possible resolution and do not leave your name or any other identifying information visible on the file.

In your submission email, please make the subject line “[FICTION/POETRY/ETC.] SUBMISSION” and include a cover letter with your name, graduation year, and SU email address.

You may also apply to be on one of our reading boards: fiction, poetry, or visual arts. The application will go out with our emailed call for submissions. If you do not receive our emailed call for submissions, please feel free to email us directly for the application.

Send all submissions, questions, or concerns to rivercraft@susqu.edu

We can’t wait to review your work!