Naugatuck River Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Naugatuck River Review is now open for submissions (no fee) of narrative poetry from January 1 - March 15 (submissions have been extended to accommodate writers at the AWP conference). 



We accept ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY through Submittable. 

Please submit no more than 3 unpublished NARRATIVE poems of no more than 50 lines per poem in ONE MSWord file (.doc or .docx or .rtf only, no .pdf please). Please remove your name from your file, as the poetry is read blind by our editorial staff. Questions ONLY: Feel free to email us at .

All poems will be considered for publication. 

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.