Naugatuck River Review SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN for our 10th narrative poetry contest from July 1 - Sept. 1, 2018. Our final judge this year is Allison Joseph. Guidelines are below.

GUIDELINES:

PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR WORK.

We accept ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY through Submittable. 

Please submit no more than 3 unpublished NARRATIVE poems (for our definition of narrative poetry, see below). Submit your best work if you wish to win the contest. Please, no more than 50 lines per poem in ONE MSWord file, Times New Roman or Callibri 11 preferred (.doc or .docx or .rtf preferred, pdf if complicated formatting only). Please remove your name from your file, as the poetry is read blind by our editorial staff and judge. DO NOT use fancy formats, bold or imbedded formatting unless your poem is in complicated formatting, in which case go ahead and submit in in a pdf. 

Questions ONLY: Feel free to email us at naugatuckriver@aol.com. The $20 submission fee for the contest goes towards publication of both issues for the year, prizes, contributor copies and publicity. We have no other source of income besides sales and subscriptions.

All poems will be considered for publication. Winners, finalists and semi-finalists will be offered publication in the winter/spring 2019 issue of NRR.

Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you let us know right away if your poem has been picked up by another publication. We claim first North American publication rights, so rights revert to the author after the initial publication period, just please give us credit.  We will only consider work that has not been previously published.  Member CLMP.

WHAT IS NARRATIVE POETRY?
What NRR is looking for are poems that tell a story, or have a strong sense of story. They can be stories of a moment or an experience, and can be personal, fictional or historical. A good narrative poem that would work for our journal has a compressed narrative, and we prefer poems that take up two pages or less of the journal (50 lines max). We are looking above all for poems that are well-crafted, have an excellent lyric quality and contain a strong emotional core. Any style of poem is considered, including prose poems. Poems with very long lines don’t fit well in the format.

Naugatuck River Review submissions are now open for our 10th narrative poetry contest from July 1 - Sept. 1, 2018. Our final judge this year is Allison Joseph. Guidelines are below (please read). 

Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is Professor of English and  Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University.  She serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review.  Her books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand Press), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press), Worldly Pleasures (Word Tech Communications), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon UP), Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press), My Father’s Kites(Steel Toe Books), Trace Particles (Backbone Press), Little Epiphanies (NightBallet Press), Mercurial (Mayapple Press), Mortal Rewards (White Violet Press), Multitudes (Word Poetry), The Purpose of Hands (Glass Lyre Press), Double Identity (Singing Bone Press) Corporal Muse (Sibling Rivalry Press, forthcoming) and What Once You Loved (Barefoot Muse Press). Her most recent full-length collection, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman was published by Red Hen Press in June 2018. She is the literary partner and wife of poet and editor Jon Tribble. 


GUIDELINES:

PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR WORK.

We accept ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY through Submittable. 

Please submit no more than 3 unpublished NARRATIVE poems (for our definition of narrative poetry, see below). Submit your best work if you wish to win the contest. Please, no more than 50 lines per poem in ONE MSWord file, Times New Roman or Callibri 11 preferred (.doc or .docx or .rtf preferred, pdf if complicated formatting only). Please remove your name from your file, as the poetry is read blind by our editorial staff and judge. DO NOT use fancy formats, bold or imbedded formatting unless your poem is in complicated formatting, in which case go ahead and submit in in a pdf. 

Questions ONLY: Feel free to email us at naugatuckriver@aol.com. The $20 submission fee for the contest goes towards publication of both issues for the year, prizes, contributor copies and publicity. We have no other source of income besides sales and subscriptions.

All poems will be considered for publication. Winners, finalists and semi-finalists will be offered publication in the winter/spring 2019 issue of NRR.

Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you let us know right away if your poem has been picked up by another publication. We claim first North American publication rights, so rights revert to the author after the initial publication period, just please give us credit.  We will only consider work that has not been previously published.  Member CLMP.

WHAT IS NARRATIVE POETRY? What NRR is looking for are poems that tell a story, or have a strong sense of story. They can be stories of a moment or an experience, and can be personal, fictional or historical. A good narrative poem that would work for our journal has a compressed narrative, and we prefer poems that take up two pages or less of the journal (50 lines max). We are looking above all for poems that are well-crafted, have an excellent lyric quality and contain a strong emotional core. Any style of poem is considered, including prose poems. Poems with very long lines don’t fit well in the format. 

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