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 As a biannual literary review, CRR considers previously unpublished fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art.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.

Fall 2020 Theme

The Cheat River Review encourages writers to submit pieces related to our theme, Appalachia, this Autumn. Submissions do not have to follow this theme, and writers should interpret it however they like. Feel free to use it as a jumping off point, as a setting, or anything else you see fit. Pieces that do not follow this theme will still be accepted.