Submission Guidelines

Oyster River Pages publishes fine fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual art online annually. We are temporarily closed to submissions, but we plan to reopen in January 2018. For future submissions, please see the general guidelines below for each genre and join our mailing list at the bottom of this page to be the first to know when our submissions open up and what we are looking for. (Work that is unfinished, unproofed, or noncompliant with the guidelines gives our editors existential angst.) Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please contact us immediately if your work is picked up elsewhere. We request first serial rights, after which all rights revert to the author or artist. We do not reprint previously published work.

  • Fiction: Please submit stories up to 6,000 words in .docx format. All work should be double-spaced. Your name should not appear anywhere in the document.
  • Creative Non-Fiction: Please submit creative non-fiction pieces that are no longer than 5,000 words in .docx format. All work should be double-spaced. Your name should not appear anywhere in the document. 
  • Poetry: Please submit up to three poems in .docx format. Each poem should start on its own page. Otherwise, the spacing of the submission will remain as is in publication to preserve the integrity of the poem. Your name should not appear anywhere in the document. 
  • Visual Art: Please submit photography or other visual arts that are saved at 300 dpi or greater. We reserve the right to crop or edit submissions in order to fit in print or on our webpage.
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