Spring/Summer 2021
Submissions Open 02/14/2021
Submissions Close 04/09/2021

Our Spring/Summer 2021 issue will be devoted to highlighting Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of color, and writers who identify as LGBTQ+. We know there are many writers who wish to be considered for publication in Cheat River Review, but if you do not fall into one of these categories, we ask you to wait until our next reading period to submit. We can’t wait to see what you have for us, but we want to devote this issue to exclusively publishing marginalized voices. 
To our Black writers, Indigenous writers, LGBTQ+ writers, and writers of color: with our submission period opening on Valentine’s Day, we at Cheat River Review thought it was only right to celebrate love, in all its forms. Tell us about the love you have for your partner, your friends, your family, yourself. Tell us about your first kiss, your first heartbreak. Tell us about the one that got away. Tell us about learning to love yourself. Tell us about loving your children, your parents, your pet. Tell us about the joy, and pain, and everything in between. 
Pieces that do not follow this theme will still be considered, but we encourage writers to submit work that tells us something about the experience of love.

Cheat River Review is an online literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. As a biannual literary review, CRR considers previously unpublished fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art.

Poets may submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages of poetry. We also accept micropoetry. Authors of fiction can submit up to three pieces of flash of 1000 words or less each, or one story of up to 3000 words. Authors of nonfiction may submit one essay of 4500 words or fewer, or up to three nonfiction flashes, 500 words or fewer each.

All submissions should include a brief third person bio and cover letter. Authors should wait to hear back from Cheat River Review before submitting again. Cheat River Review only accepts submissions through Submittable. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors specify which pieces have been sent elsewhere. We do not consider previously published work, and authors sending simultaneous submissions should immediately withdraw writing that has been accepted elsewhere.

Please review our submittable page for additional guidelines.