Good River Review

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Good River Review is the literary journal of the Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University. We publish two issues a year. Between issues, we regularly feature book reviews, interviews, essays on the practice of writing, and other important literary news. Good River Review is a home for writing that launches quickly, speaks to the universal through the particular, and is layered with meaning. We also love work that doesn’t fit neatly into genre categories. Our editors are attracted to writing that blurs boundaries, and so contributors will find their work published under the headings of prose, lyric, and drama. In addition, we will publish the most compelling writing for children and young adults that we can find. The editors of GRR work in collaboration with Spalding School of Writing graduate students who serve in an editorial capacity. We are located in the river city of Louisville, Kentucky, which owes its location to geographical happenstance. Before a canal was built in 1830, boats traveling the Ohio River had to stop here and portage around a series of shallow rapids, and at this enforced stopping point, a town sprang up. The Ohio takes its name from a Seneca word meaning good river. We named our journal accordingly, and we acknowledge that we are located on the occupied land of several nations including the Shawnee, Osage, Cherokee, Adena, Miami, Kaskaskia and Hopewell People. This interactive map from Native Land provides more information about these and other indigenous cultures.

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If Yes, Please Name
Spalding University
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Ellyn Lichvar
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Managing Editor
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, translation
Submissions Policy
Our submission period is ongoing. Please submit in the category where you think your work best fits. We allow simultaneous submissions, but please access your submission and withdraw it if it is accepted elsewhere. We do not consider previously published material or work currently in press elsewhere. Please do not submit entire book or chapbook manuscripts. Please submit no more than five poems or micro pieces. Those working in longer forms should submit one short story, essay, memoir, or immersive journalism (no more than 5000 words typically), or two shorter stories or lyric essays. We also publish scripts for stage plays or short films, including TV, and will consider publishing links for video of produced scripts. Those writing for children and young adults may submit work in all of the above areas.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
1 - 4 months
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unknown at this time
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Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
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