General Submission Guidelines
Submissions are accepted during our reading periods.
Rathalla Review strives to publish the finest fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and art. Our aim is to find work that is vulnerable and honest, personal yet universal, and sharply written. We accept submissions during our reading periods, which are August 15 through October 1st for the fall online issue and January 1st through March 15th for the spring online issue. Rathalla Review has first North American publication rights for one year, after which the rights revert back to the author. Subsequent republication only happens with the permission of the author.
- All submissions should be typed, 12-point font, double-spaced with a minimum 1-inch margin. Number all pages and include the title.
- Include your word count on the first page or in the cover letter.
- Only work submitted through our online submission form will be considered. Submissions will be accepted as either a .DOC, .DOCX, .RTF, or .PDF attachment. Do not use special characters in your filename: ! @ # $ % ^ */
- Please do not zip or compress attachments and please do not embed your submissions in the “Cover Letter” box on the form.
- We do not accept previously published work. This includes work published online.
- We do not accept pieces with heavy themes of rape, abuse, or sexual violence.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
- We will send notice by email regarding the acceptance or rejection of your material within three months of submission. Please do not contact us regarding the status of your work before the end of the three-month period.
- Please do not re-submit previously submitted material unless expressly asked to do so by the editor.
- Please do no submit again unless you’ve heard back about your current submission.
- If your work is not accepted for an upcoming issue, please wait one submission cycle before submitting work to us again.
- We publish a fall and spring online issue. You will be notified if your work is accepted online. In addition, your work may appear in our annual print issue, which is published in the spring.
For more specifics on each genre, look below:
We accept short stories or novel excerpts in varying lengths from 2,000 to 4,000 words. We’re looking for tight, compact, and engaging stories that grab our audience and keep them reading until the very last word. Sharp writing, carefully-crafted plots, and compelling characters are a must, with an awareness for current topics and issues. Novel excerpts should be able to stand alone as a complete work.
We are looking for pieces up to, but not exceeding 1,000 words. We want sharp pieces that display smart, poignant word choices and establish a complete idea within the limited space. Please include the word count in the document. You may submit up to three (3) flash pieces for consideration in one single submission. Please do not make separate submissions for each story.
We accept essays or book excerpts in varying lengths up to 3,000 words. We look for nonfiction that features sharp writing and careful craft. We are strongly interested in works that blend past and present in a meaningful way. We welcome essays that are playful in form (such as lyric essays) and an inclusion of outside voices and research. Book excerpts should be able to stand alone as a complete work.
Up to three poems may be submitted simultaneously. Please submit all poems in one single submission by uploading each poem as a separate document. Give the titles and line counts for all poems in the appropriate fields of the submission form. We appreciate poems that have a striking imagery and move beyond the metaphor, with attention paid to individual words and phrases.
We select artists to feature for each issue of Rathalla Review whose work is incorporated throughout the magazine, including on our cover. Please attach images in Submittable as a .JPEG, .PNG or .PDF file with the size of 300 dpi. Submissions should be formatted to 8.5″ x 11″ with a quarter inch bleed. Please submit 3-4 pieces indicative of your body of work for us to consider. We don’t have a theme, and generally our issues develop a theme based on the art we receive. Please include a short bio of 4-5 sentences as well. If you have an online portfolio, please include the link.