Naugatuck River Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


CONTEST SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Our 9th annual contest submissions are now open from July 1 – Sept. 1, 2017
Contest judge will be Kaveh Akbar.

Winning poems and all finalists and semi-finalists will be published in the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Naugatuck River Review.  

1st Prize - $1000
2nd Prize -  $250
3rd Prize -   $100

GUIDELINES:

FIRST PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BELOW.

We accept ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY through Submittable. There is a $20 submission fee which goes toward prizes, publication of the journal and contributor copies. 

Please submit no more than 3 unpublished NARRATIVE poems of no more than 50 lines per poem in ONE MSWord file (.doc or .docx or .rtf only, no .pdf please).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 and contest judge. Questions ONLY: Feel free to email us at naugatuckriver@aol.com. .

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 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.