Naugatuck River Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submissions are currently closed.

Naugatuck River Review will be open for submissions from July 1 - September for the winter/spring 2020 contest issue. More contest information to be announced.

WINNERS AND FINALISTS from our 2019 contest are listed on our website at:

Here are our general guidelines:



We accept ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY through Submittable. 

There are two submission periods for NRR - Contest submissions are open July 1- Sept. 1 each year. Open submissions are Jan. 1 - March 1. 

Please submit no more than 3 unpublished NARRATIVE poems (for our definition of narrative poetry, see below).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 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. During the open submission period, there is no fee.

All poems will be considered for publication. Contest winners, finalists and semi-finalists will be offered publication in the winter/spring ssue 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 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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