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 As a biannual literary review we consider previously unpublished fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art.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

Artist Statement

All submissions should include a brief artist statement. This artist statement should discuss your connection to your piece and its subject matter. The aim of this statement is for our readers to get to know you and your work further, and to provide a space for you to have more of an editorial voice on your own work.

Your artist statement doesn’t need to be long, only 200 words or so, and may be written in first or third person.

Please copy and paste your artist section into the cover letter/bio section of the submittable submission form. If accepted, these artist statements will be featured alongside your piece so that our readers can get to know you and your choices as an artist a little further.

Simultaneous Submission

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you please acknowledge simultaneous submissions in your cover letter and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

We do not accept multiple submissions. Please wait until your piece has been considered before submitting another.  

Please review our submittable page for additional guidelines.