The Cumberland River Review accepts submissions during the traditional academic year, September through April, and aims to maintain a regular response time of three months.

Please note that only previously unpublished material will be considered. We read and encourage simultaneous submissions but ask that you withdraw your work (or email us to effect a partial withdrawal) if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

We strongly encourage fee-free electronic submissions via our online system:

At this time, we cannot consider submissions made by email. Writers who wish to submit work by regular post should send their manuscripts to the Cumberland River Review, Trevecca Nazarene University, Department of English, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee, 37210. All postal submissions will be read, but the editors will respond only in the case of acceptance. Thus, a self-addressed, stamped envelope is not necessary. Please do not send us the only copy of your work.

The Cumberland River Review acquires First North American Serial Rights and the right to maintain an archive copy of accepted work online. All other rights revert to our authors upon publication. We nominate work for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and other anthologies and prizes.

Finally, why not follow us on Twitter (@crrlitmag) as long as you're here? We'd love to share occasional reading recommendations and work from our archives.

Please submit three, four, or five poems in a single document (.doc, .docx, .rtf). Remember to include your name, physical and email addresses, and telephone number on each poem.

Fiction and Essays
Please submit one short story or one essay of up to 5,000 words (.doc, .docx, .rtf). Remember to include your name, physical and email addresses, and telephone number on the first page of your submission.

The editorial staff of the Cumberland River Review is interested in considering art in any form, provided images can be digitally captured. Please send up to ten pieces at a time to