Welcome to San Pedro River Review, an international perfect-bound journal of poetry and art. It is named for the ancient river that flows north from the mountains of Sonora, Mexico, into Arizona.
Representative poets include Naomi Shihab Nye, William Wright, Marge Piercy, Ellen Bass, Afaa Michael Weaver, Joseph Millar, Nathalie Handal, Alex Lemon, Walt McDonald, Kevin Goodan, Vivian Shipley, Adrian C. Louis,Sean Thomas Dougherty, Joe Wilkins,Larry D. Thomas, Doug Anderson, Frank X. Gaspar, William Trowbridge, Cecilia Woloch, Wendy Barker and WD Ehrhart.
You may see all our contributors by clicking the Page links located to the left of this webpage.
Each fall, we make nominations for the Pushcart Prize.
We publish approximately 45 to 65 poems and multiple pieces of art per issue. In size, the journal is 5 ½ x 8 ½ .
We accept submissions during two submission periods in January and July:
July 1st to July 31st, 2015Non-themed
January 1st to January 31st, 2016 Theme: The American Southwest. You needn’t live in the region to write about it. We consider the Southwest as Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, the southern tip of Nevada and the deserts of California, to include Death Valley. We seek verse on the region’s flora, fauna, climate, geology and geography; the intersections of landscapes and humanscapes: ranches, farms, mines, diners, city and town life; from wagon trains to diesel trains; deserts and their various biomes, as well as border culture. Poems about cowboys are fine, but no poems from the genre popularly known as "Cowboy Poetry."
Currently not accepting chapbook contest submissions.
REGULAR SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
What do we like? We have a strong interest in poetry of Place and the relationship between lives and landscapes. Most importantly, we seek a sense of concision, an economy of language with a keen focus on voice and image.
Please left-justify everything in your submission and cover letter. Use standard left-justified margins. Poems with indented lines are fine, but please set the poem on the page using a standard left margin.
Only one submission per submission period. We consider simultaneous submissions. The editors' decisions are final; we do not comment on rejections.
Email your submission to: editor [at symbol] sprreview[dot]com .
Send 1 - 3 poems in a SINGLEWord document. NO pdf. nor .dat files.
Include a three-to-five line bio, written in the third person. We retain the right to edit bios. All work must be in English, excluding, of course, the case where a non-English word or term is intrinsic to the poem.
Black & white only. 1 - 3 pieces. Submit as separate files in a single email. Submissions must be sent as graphics files (jpeg, tiff). Please limit each file to no more than 5 MB. We like Realism: photographs of urban and rural decay, or obsolescence, though we don't limit ourselves to those areas when considering art submissions.
By submitting to us you grant us permission, if we select your work, to publish it. No separate author's consent form will be mailed out. We do not send out proofs.
Payment is one contributor copy.
San Pedro River Review acquires first serial rights to accepted pieces, except for work published previously in other publications. Copyright reverts to the author after publication. This does not apply to works we accept that were published previously.
We no longer offer conventional subscriptions since copies will be available through Amazon.com. For those who have already subscribed, you will receive your future issues via Amazon.
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ISSN 1944-5954San Pedro River Review is indexed in the University of Wisconsin - Madison Special Collections Little Magazine Unit, the collections at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and the Baylor University Library. We are a member of The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses [CLMP].
Jeffrey Alfier is 2014 winner of the Kithara Book Prize, judged by Dennis Maloney. He has been nominated for seven Pushcarts, and is a two-time nominee for the UK’s Forward Prize for Poetry. In 2013 he was selected as a finalist for the Press 53 Poetry Contest. Publication credits include Spoon RiverPoetry Review, Arkansas Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Columbia College Literary Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Concho River Review, Connecticut Review, december magazine, Emerson Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Kestrel, Louisville Review, Owen Wister Review, Permafrost, Poetry Ireland Review, South Carolina Review, Southwestern American Literature, Texas Review, Tulane Review, and War Literature and the Arts. In addition to nine chapbooks, he is author of The Wolf Yearling (Silver Birch Press), Idyll for a Vanishing River (Glass Lyre Press), which won the Kithara Book Prize, The Storm Petrel -- Poems of Ireland(Grayson Books, 2014), and most recently, The Color of Forgiveness (Mojave River Review and Press), co-authored with fellow editor Tobi Alfier (Cogswell). He is an Air Force veteran of 27 years and a member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). He has written training manuals as a government contractor, and once taught history for City Colleges of Chicago’s European Division.
Tobi Alfier (Cogswell)is a five-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee. Her poems have appeared in Columbia College Literary Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Chaffin Journal, december, Gargoyle, The Los Angeles Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Spoon River Poetry Review, Third Wednesday and other print and online journals in the United States and overseas. In addition to seven chapbooks, the latest being Romance and Rust and Lapses & Absences (Blue Horse Press), she is also author of The Coincidence of Castles, a chapbook of Ireland poems (Glass Lyre Press), she is the co-author of The Color of Forgiveness (Mojave River Press and Review), a full-length collaboration with Jeffrey Alfier, which includes poetry and photographs.
Truly imaginative writing can bring us back to the living presence of the grass, to the fields that feed us, to the cities we live in and the nature of the men and women among whom we live.