Sixteen Rivers Press

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Sixteen Rivers Press is a shared-work, nonprofit poetry collective dedicated to providing an alternative publishing avenue for San Francisco Bay Area poets. Founded in 1999 by seven writers, the press is named for the sixteen rivers that flow into the San Francisco Bay. Since 2001, we have produced thirty-seven outstanding books of poetry, sharing our commitment to excellence with the poetry world.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Twitter
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Dane Cervine
Recent Awards Received
California Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry, IPPY Awards, NCIBA Nominations, NEA Grant
Representative Authors
Dan Bellm, Christina Hutchins, Terry Ehret
Submissions Policy
Manuscript of 60-80 pages may be submitted. One to two new members are selected from these manuscripts each year. Visit the Sixteen Rivers Press website for annual updates.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 11 / 1 - 2 / 1
Reporting Time
4 - 6 months
Author Payments
Our regular annual competition is our main method for acquiring manuscripts, and allows the author control of the book design
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Number Of Books Published Per Year
Titles In Print
Percentage Of Above Available Digitally
Average Price Per Book
Average Price Per E-Book
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
We are a shared-work publishing collective. Authors who submit work understand that if their manuscript is chosen, they will join the collective for a three-year commitment. The press meets once a month on the weekend, and other work is done on mem
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
All manuscripts are judged blind; a press screening committee of five members selects a short-list which the entire press reads.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Originality of expression and command of craft
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
We are a small collective and can publish only two or three books a year. Often we have to turn away manuscripts that we would like to publish if we had more funds. Persist!
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Whoever loves words