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Stories that examine the truth in the bitterness, in the anti-heroes. Heavy stories full of grit and discomfort that shed sympathetic light on the questionable, the unfavorable. Stories that ask difficult questions, that provide difficult answers. We publish literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and photography.
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Adrienne Marie Barrios
We plan to publish two to four stories in each issue, and issues will be every other month or monthly, depending on submissions. Here is the submission criteria from the website: We seek short stories that are literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and photography. We do not currently accept poetry. We do not have a word limit, but anything pushing 10,000 words may become unwieldy. For flash fiction, any length is fine; we consider anything 1000 words or less (give or take, again) to be flash fiction. For the best stories, of course, none of this will matter. Please note, we accept lyrical flash non-fiction pieces at 1000 words or less. Please do not submit essays, poetry, or book reviews. Submission guidelines When submitting, please do: Include a cover letter with a short third-person bio. We publish stories from new and experienced writers alike; please do not fret if you have yet to be published. Include the title of your story and page numbers in your manuscript. Format your manuscripts in double-spaced, 12-pt Times New Roman font. Only submit unpublished works that are solely written by you and that you have the authority to publish. Submit simultaneously. Please withdraw your story immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. When submitting, please don’t: Submit anything other than what is defined in the general submissions guidelines. Submit translations. Submit more than one story. Please wait until you have heard back before submitting a second story. Submit anything racist, bigoted, or excessively profane or hateful. We will make exceptions for stories that examine a character who falls into these categories, as long as the work clearly demonstrates the problematic nature of that character. We will try to respond within 90 days, hopefully much sooner. If you have not heard from us at that time, you may inquire, though no response likely means we have chosen to include other pieces. Please do not inquire sooner, except to withdraw a submission. Disclaimer We welcome submissions from persons of any age, race, sexual orientation, gender identification, nationality, and religion. Currently, we only publish works written in English. We specifically encourage submissions by or about disabled, neuro-diverse, or ill people. We reserve the right to reject any piece of work. We only publish so many stories, which, unfortunately, means that we must pass on many great stories. This is never a reflection on who you are as a person and is merely a reflection of the work itself and/or our limited space. By submitting to Reservoir Road Literary Review, you affirm that your work is solely your own and you have the authority to publish it. You affirm that it is not in any way libelous or slanderous. You absolve Reservoir Road Literary Review and its staff from any and all issues, legal or otherwise, that could arise from the publication of your work. You understand that Reservoir Road Literary Review is not currently a paying market. You also consent to a light edit of your work. Upon acceptance, Reservoir Road Literary Review requests exclusive publication of your work for 90 days from the date of first publication. At that point, you may do with it what you wish, though we ask that you please cite the original publication. We also request indefinite nonexclusive rights so that we may keep your story in our archives.
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