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Submission Guidelines

We are always open to submissions of reviews and pedagogy papers.
We are currently closed to submissions of poetry and short prose. We accept creative submissions in June and December.

If you’re new to submitting creative work, here is a brief guide that might be helpful.

All submissions should include a cover letter and a brief (50-word max) third-person bio in the body of the email. Submitted work should be previously unpublished.

Simultaneous submissions are expected and welcome. Please email with WITHDRAW as the subject line to let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Poetry: We adore poems of all sorts. We tend to prefer shorter poems, but there is no strict line limit. Please send 3-5 poems in one attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) to with POETRY as the subject line.

Short Prose: We love this messy place where genres collide. We prefer flash fiction, micro essays, and prose poems that are under 500 words. Please send up to 3 pieces in one attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) to with PROSE as the subject line.

Pedagogy Papers: We publish short essays about creative writing pedagogy and collect them in our Teachers’ Lounge. We hope this will be a useful resource for people teaching at all age and experience levels and in all sorts of settings, from kindergarten to grad school, from prisons to retirement homes. Briefly explain and illustrate an exercise, prompt, assignment, workshop technique, group activity, or other clever thing that you do when you teach creative writing. Please send pedagogy papers of 500 words or fewer as an attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) to with PEDAGOGY as the subject line.

Reviews: We want to publish reviews of poetry and short prose in whatever forms you find them: full-length books, chapbooks, anthologies, albums, other literary journals, reading series, performances, unconventional literary events, etc. Reviews should be detailed and engaging. We do not take review copies or assign reviews; we prefer to publish reviews that were written because the reviewer fell in love with the work and needed to tell others about it. Please send reviews of 500 words or fewer as an attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) to with REVIEW as the subject line.

Whale Road Review is a labor of love and can’t offer monetary payment at this time, but writers will receive a small token of appreciation upon publication.

Whale Road Review asks for first-time rights and acknowledgement as the first place of publication. Published pieces will be archived on the website.

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