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The Black Fork River has wound its way through Richland and Ashland counties for centuries. The river is vital to the ecosystem of Mohican State Park as it joins with Clear Fork River to form the Mohican River in Ashland County. Its natural beauty and longevity, as well as its availability to Ashland University’s science programs, served as inspiration for the title of Black Fork Review. Black Fork Review was assembled by a team of editors within Ashland University’s English Department and MFA Program during the spring of 2019. The first issue featured poetry and prose by the AU community: MFA and undergraduate students, faculty, and alumni. Subsequent issues merge our writing community with the wider literary community. We invite poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from a wide range of aesthetics, aiming to publish the best work both from Ashland University writers and the academic and literary communities at large. We accept unsolicited submissions from emerging and established writers that showcase a diversity of perspectives. Black Fork Review is housed in the MFA and Publications Office at Ashland University and is supported by the MFA in Creative Writing, the Ashland Poetry Press, and the English Department.
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We do not accept previously published work. Writers / artists may send only one submission per genre. All written submissions must be in a word doc. Note in your subject line the genre of your submission, e.g., “5 Poems” or “Fiction Submission.” If you are affiliated with Ashland University as a faculty member, student, or alum, please indicate this in your cover letter. In your cover letter, please include a brief third-person bio. See below for genre specific guidelines. POETRY Up to 5 poems, not to exceed 10 pages, in a word doc. FICTION Up to 15 pages of fiction, either as one story or multiple flash pieces, in a word doc. CREATIVE NONFICTION Up to 15 pages of creative nonfiction, either as one piece or multiple flash essays.
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