MRP&R Guidelines


Thank you for your interest in Mojave River Review. Submissions for our fall/winter issue are now OPEN. You can watch for future announcements via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

We're honored to read your best work. Please read both the general guidelines and the additional guidelines specific to your submission category. Submissions that do not adhere to guidelines will be declined. Note also that work we deem as misogynistic, racist, homophobic, sadistic, "hateful mean-spirited personal attack revenge lit" and the like will be declined.

We publish poetry, flash fiction, flash non-fiction/creative non-fiction, hybrid works, chapbook/book reviews, plus articles or interviews relevant to arts and letters. We are genuinely eclectic, open to all styles and topics, but are especially interested in poets, writers, and works related to southwest/desert culture(s), and (this is new!) works with an animal lovers/animal rights focus, i.e., animal friendly/ ennobling. 

Please do read past issues of Mojave River Review to sample our range. They're online (http://mojaveriverpress.com/mrr) and free. The spectrum of fine poets and writers in MRR pages thus far includes the likes of: Anna Lea Jancewicz, Adrian C. Louis, Susan Tepper, Ace Boggess, Carol Ellis, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Beate Sigriddaughter, Bill Christophersen, Katie Cortese, James McManus, Lorraine Caputo, James Claffey, Linda Blaskey, Kenneth Pobo, Tim Suermondt, Pui Ying Wong, Catfish McDaris, Joseph Lerner, Lisa Badner, Jeffrey and Tobi Alfier, Leesa Cross-Smith, John Brantingham, Monica Casper, Bill Yarrow, Ann Howells, Marvin Schackelford, Diane Lockward, Sam Rasnake, Nicole Sheets, Bruce McRae, Michelle Hartman, Carla Schwartz, Kate Gehan, and Dave Petraglia. Works published in MRR have appeared in prestigious annual anthologies such as Best New Poets (Linda Blaskey) and Best Small Fictions (James Claffey).

No previously published work of any kind, please. We require First Serial Rights, as we are looking to debut new work. Mojave River Review is not a paying market at this time; however, we do entusiastically publicize authors and artists. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but if work is accepted elsewhere please withdraw your submission via Submittable and accept our congratulations. No multiple submissions, please, and don't submit to more than one category at a time. Reply time varies. If you haven't heard back after 90 days, please do inquire.

Rights revert to authors and artists upon publication, and you are free to publish it elsewhere thirty (30) days after it appears with us, with Mojave River Review credited for first publication of your work. Publication in the Mojave River Review grants Non-Exclusive Digital Rights to archive the work online, and Non-Exclusive Reprint Rights to include work in Mojave River anthologies and promotions. We enthusiastically nominate poets and writers for the Pushcart Prize, Sundress Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Best Small Fictions, and other awards, such as those given by PEN America and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). 

Thank you for trusting us with your best work. We look forward to reading it.

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Want to have more success with your submissions? Here's an excellent article by Nate Tower, former managing editor of Bartleby Snopes. Here's one from Lynne Barrett at The Review Review about what editors want. Also from The Review Review, Becky Tuch on 8 Reasons Your Submission Strategy Sucks (And What You Can Do About It). Lastly, here's a wonderful tongue in cheek poem by Marc Alan Di Martino about Submission Guidelines. Happy writing from Mojave River Press & Review!




Miss Luna 


Note that Luna is a Mojave Desert horse, western through and through, so while a little western flavor is not required, it sure doesn't hurt.

Poetry: 1-3 pieces, and Luna prefers poems that fit on a page (it's a horse thing).

Hybrids: Horses of course love weird and wonderful. She'll look at anything, but she spooks easily. What spooks her? Boredom. You've been warned.

 By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions. 


Miss Luna 


WE DO NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FREE AND TIP JAR SUBMISSIONS DURING OUR READING AND SELECTION PROCESS. Mojave River Review is free to read and charges no fees to submit, but we do have expenses. If you'd like to help keep us around, a tip helps defray the cost of our server, Submittable account, e-pub platform, and the like. FYI, a $3 tip nets 1.86 after Submittable takes its processing fees. We love our readers and contributors, which is why we don't charge 'em no money for nothin'. Thanks for tipping if/when you can.

First and foremost: be certain you have read and understood our General Guidelines.  Reading past issues is also strongly recommended.

Note that Luna is a Mojave Desert horse, western through and through, so while a little western flavor is not required, it sure doesn't hurt.

Poetry: 1-3 pieces, and Luna prefers poems that fit on a page (it's a horse thing).

Hybrids: Horses of course love weird and wonderful. She'll look at anything, but she spooks easily. What spooks her? Boredom. You've been warned.

 By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions.


Mister Patron 


Note that Patron is a Mojave Desert horse, western through and through, so while a little western flavor is not required, it sure doesn't hurt.

Flash Fiction: 1 or 2 flash pieces, meaning no more than 1,000 words each. Equine attention spans and all that.

Flash Creative Non-Fiction: Patron loves flash, but will entertain excellent works of up to 1,500 words.

 By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions. 


Mister Patron 


WE DO NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FREE AND TIP JAR SUBMISSIONS DURING OUR READING AND SELECTION PROCESS. Mojave River Review is free to read and charges no fees to submit, but we do have expenses. If you'd like to help keep us around, a tip helps defray the cost of our server, Submittable account, e-pub platform, and the like. FYI, a $3 tip nets 1.86 after Submittable takes its processing fees. We love our readers and contributors, which is why we don't charge 'em no money for nothin'. Thanks for tipping if/when you can.

First and foremost: be certain you have read and understood our General Guidelines.  Reading past issues is also strongly recommended.

Note that Patron is a Mojave Desert horse, western through and through, so while a little western flavor is not required, it sure doesn't hurt.

Flash Fiction: 1 or 2 flash pieces, meaning no more than 1,000 words each. Equine attention spans and all that.

Flash Creative Non-Fiction: Patron loves flash, but will entertain excellent works of up to 1,500 words.

 By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions. 

First and foremost: be certain you have read and understood our General Guidelines. Reading past issues is also strongly recommended.

Please send your best 3-5 poems in a single document. We ask for at least three so we can get a feel for your work, and, well, six is just too many. We welcome prose poetry. We aren't typically interested in lengthy poems, but if a poem knocks us out, we publish it.

By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions.



WE DO NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FREE AND TIP JAR SUBMISSIONS DURING OUR READING AND SELECTION PROCESS. Mojave River Review is free to read and charges no fees to submit, but we do have expenses. If you'd like to help keep us around, a tip helps defray the cost of our server, Submittable account, e-pub platform, and the like. FYI, a $3 tip nets 1.86 after Submittable takes its processing fees. We love our readers and contributors, which is why we don't charge 'em no money for nothin'. Thanks for tipping if/when you can.

First and foremost: be certain you have read and understood our General Guidelines. Reading past issues is also strongly recommended.

Please send your best 3-5 poems in a single document. We ask for at least three so we can get a feel for your work, and, well, six is just too many. We welcome prose poetry. We aren't typically interested in lengthy poems, but if a poem knocks us out, we publish it.

By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions.



First and foremost: be certain you have read and understood our General Guidelines.  Reading past issues is also strongly recommended.

We consider flash fiction to be no more than 1,000 words in length. Please send us your best 1-3 flash stories in a single document.

By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions.



WE DO NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FREE AND TIP JAR SUBMISSIONS DURING OUR READING AND SELECTION PROCESS. Mojave River Review is free to read and charges no fees to submit, but we do have expenses. If you'd like to help keep us around, a tip helps defray the cost of our server, Submittable account, e-pub platform, and the like. FYI, a $3 tip nets 1.86 after Submittable takes its processing fees. We love our readers and contributors, which is why we don't charge 'em no money for nothin'. Thanks for tipping if/when you can.

First and foremost: be certain you have read and understood our General Guidelines.  Reading past issues is also strongly recommended.

We consider flash fiction to be no more than 1,000 words in length. Please send us your best 1-3 flash stories in a single document.

By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions.



First and foremost: be certain you have read and understood our General Guidelines. Please send us your best work in a single document. 

Hybrid writing--hovering or vacillating, experimentally or otherwise, between fiction and/or non-fiction and/or poetry--has a special place in the heart of MRR's editor-in-chief, so if you have exciting work of this nature, please do send it along. Send us your best 1-3 hybrid works of no more than 500 words each in a single document.

By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions.



WE DO NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FREE AND TIP JAR SUBMISSIONS DURING OUR READING AND SELECTION PROCESS. Mojave River Review is free to read and charges no fees to submit, but we do have expenses. If you'd like to help keep us around, a tip helps defray the cost of our server, Submittable account, e-pub platform, and the like. FYI, a $3 tip nets 1.86 after Submittable takes its processing fees. We love our readers and contributors, which is why we don't charge 'em no money for nothin'. Thanks for tipping if/when you can.

First and foremost: be certain you have read and understood our General Guidelines. Please send us your best work in a single document. 

Hybrid writing--hovering or vacillating, experimentally or otherwise, between fiction and/or non-fiction and/or poetry--has a special place in the heart of MRR's editor-in-chief, so if you have exciting work of this nature, please do send it along. Send us your best 1-3 hybrid works of no more than 500 words each in a single document.

By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions.



First and foremost: be certain you have read and understood our General Guidelines.  Reading past issues is also strongly recommended.

You may submit up to three (3) non-fiction/creative non-fiction flash pieces of no more than 1,000 words each. Please send us your best work in a single document. 

By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions.




WE DO NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FREE AND TIP JAR SUBMISSIONS DURING OUR READING AND SELECTION PROCESS. Mojave River Review is free to read and charges no fees to submit, but we do have expenses. If you'd like to help keep us around, a tip helps defray the cost of our server, Submittable account, e-pub platform, and the like. FYI, a $3 tip nets 1.86 after Submittable takes its processing fees. We love our readers and contributors, which is why we don't charge 'em no money for nothin'. Thanks for tipping if/when you can.

First and foremost: be certain you have read and understood our General Guidelines.  Reading past issues is also strongly recommended.

You may submit up to three (3) non-fiction/creative non-fiction flash pieces of no more than 1,000 words each. Please send us your best work in a single document. 

By submitting work to Mojave River Press & Review you promise it to be your original, unpublished work. You also promise that the work does not, to the best of your knowledge, contain anything that is libelous, illegal, or infringes anyone’s copyright or other rights. If the work contains material that is someone else’s copyright, you promise that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to use the material and that the material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text. When you submit your work, you are agreeing to all MRP&R terms and conditions.




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