Naugatuck River Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submissions are now closed for the summer/fall 2024 issue. The journal should be out by August. The next submission period is for the 16th annual narrative poetry contest, which will run from July 1, 2024 through September 1, 2024. for the winter/spring 2025 issue. Our contest judge this year will be Allison Joseph. See guidelines below for more information. Thank you for your submissions! 

Here are our general guidelines:



We accept ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY through Submittable. 

There are two submission periods for NRR -  Open submissions (no fee) are Jan. 1 - March 1. Contest submissions are open July 1- Sept. 1 each year and there is a $20 fee which pays for the prizes and publication of the journal for the year.

Please submit no more than 3 unpublished NARRATIVE poems (for our definition of narrative poetry, see below). Please, no more than 50 lines per poem in ONE MSWord file, Times New Roman preferred (.doc or .docx or .rtf preferred, pdf if there is complicated formatting only. Please remove your name from your document, as the poetry is read blind. It will be checked before sending to readers. DO NOT use fonts other than Times, Callibri, Georgia or Garamond 12.

Questions ONLY: Feel free to email us at 

Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you inform us right away if your poem has been picked up by another publication. We claim first North American serial 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 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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