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, Afaa Michael Weaver, Marge Piercy, Joseph Millar, Ellen Bass, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Vivian Shipley, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Pam Uschuk, Doug Anderson, Adrian C. Louis, Frank X. Gaspar, William Trowbridge, Larry D. Thomas, William Pitt Root, Wendy Barker, Keith Ekiss, Alex Lemon and WD Ehrhart.
You may see all our contributors by clicking the Page links located to the left of this webpage. We accept submissions during 30-day submission periods, July 1st and January 1st of each year:
July 1st to July 31st, 2013 -- Non-themed
January 1st to January 31st, 2014 -- Theme: Work
We now make nominations for the Pushcart Prize.
We publish approximately 45 to 50 poems and two to four pieces of art per issue. In size, the journal is 5 ½ x 8 ½ .
What do we like? We have a strong sense of place, and prefer work set in tactile imagery, with a vividness of local detail: characters, places, substantive objects. We shy away from the overtly political or environmental. We like a degree of pathos, subtle drama, a touch of Lorca's 'duende' that loves "ledges and wounds," and a good use of metaphors and similes. We consider all forms of poetry, including prose poems. To know more, we encourage you to look into the poems of our contributors.
First, though we have a Postal address, we highly discourage Postal submissions.
Do not submit twice within the same submission period unless specifically asked to do so.
Email your submission to: editor [at symbol] sprreview[dot]com . In the Subject line we prefer that put your first and last name, followed by SPRR Submission, e.g 'John Barleycorn SPRR Submission.'
-- We accept simultaneous submissions. -- Previously published work will be considered on an individual basis. -- Send no more than three poems or three pieces of art. You may submit both.
-- Include a three-to-five line bio, written in the third person, embedded in the body of your email. We retain the right to edit bios. -- All work must be that of the poet and/or artist. If you send us a translation of another's work, all legal responsibilities are yours as regards the permission to submit such work and have us publish it. -- All work must be in English, excluding, of course, the case where a non-English word or term is intrinsic to the poem.
Past contributors do not need to wait-out an issue before submitting their work again; we often publish poets and artists in sequential issues.
POETRY submissions should be sent in a single MS Word attachment: .doc/docx or .rtf; Use standard fonts. If at all possible, left-justify your poems using standard margins within a standard page setup. If your poem's title is all-caps, and we accept it, it will not be in all-caps when the issue is published.
-- Be aware that if your poem lines are inscribed margin-to-margin on a standard-size page, or are otherwise lengthy through indentation, they may appear slightly different than the way they were initially submitted to us. Remember: we are 8.5" in height, 5.5" in width. Still, we will make every effort not to have your lines break on a definite or indefinite article, or a preposition (unless you intended it that way).
-- ARTsubmissions may be sent as graphics files (jpeg, jpg). Please limit each file to no more than 4 MB. We seek interesting angles on ordinary as well as downtrodden vistas. We like urban and rural decay, or obsolescence, though we don't limit ourselves to those areas when considering art submissions. Happy nature scenes are not for us, neither are photos of jewelry. Please note that if we want your art we will likely ask if we can accept it in black and white.
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.
Payment for contributors consists of one contributor copy.
If you know of an educational institution or library that would like a free copy, please send us their address.
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.
Single issues are available to US-based purchasers for $9.00. Subscriptions are $18.00 a year for two issues. If you would like a subscription, or to purchase extra copies, you may log-in to your PayPalaccount (www.paypal.com) and send the payment to: editor[at symbol]sprreview[dot]com. PayPal is our preferred method of payment. However, you may, if you prefer, send a check or money order, made out to San Pedro River Review, to:
SPRR P.O. Box 7000 - 148 Redondo Beach, CA 90277 - 8710
Venues for purchasing SPRR are expanding. In Tucson, it may be purchased at Antigone Books on 4th Avenue, and at Mostly Books in the Plaza at Speedway and Wilmot. In Houston, look for us at Brazos Bookstore at 2421 Bissonnet Street. In Long Beach, California, we're sold at Gatsby's, and at Poppies Bookstore, in Torrance.
A few back issues are available, but the Spring 2009 inaugural issue is sold out.
Please note that we also have a Facebook page. This is our general medium for broadcasting updates, such as when contributor and subscription copies are mailed, and so forth.
ISSN 1944-5954San Pedro River Review is indexed in the University of Wisconsin - Madison Special Collections Little Magazine Unit, and is a member of The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses [CLMP]
Jeffrey Alfier is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a nominee for the UK’s Forward Prize for Poetry.He holds an MA in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills. He is an Air Force veteran with 27-plus years of officer and enlisted service, and a member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). He has also worked as a functional analyst with Science Applications International Corporation, and once taught history as an adjunct faculty member with City College of Chicago’s European Division. His publication credits include Birmingham Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, The Cape Rock, Concho River Review, Connecticut Review, Crannog (Ireland), Emerson Review, Georgetown Review, Gihon River Review, Hobo Camp Review, Illya's Honey, Iodine Poetry Journal, Iron Horse Literary Review, Kestrel, Limestone, Lindenwood Review, New Madrid, New York Quarterly, Pacific Review, Owen Wister Review, Permafrost, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry South (UK), Post Road, RE:AL, Red Cedar Review, Red River Review, Southwestern American Literature, Sport Literate, Sugar House Review, Texas Review, War Literature and the Arts, Vallum (Canada), and Xavier Review. His chapbooks are Strangers Within the Gate (2005), Offloading the Wounded (2008), Before the Troubadour Exits (2010), Bluesman's Daughter (2011), The Torch Singer (2011), The Gathering Light at San Cataldo (2012), and The City Without Her (2012). His first full-length book of poems is The Wolf Yearling (2013) http://www.amazon.com/The-Wolf-Yearling-Jeffrey-Alfier/dp/0615806449/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1368719416&sr=8-6&keywords=the+wolf+yearling
Tobi Cogswell is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee. Publication credits include or are forthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Rhino, Illya’s Honey, RE:AL, Sugar House Review, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Red River Review, Turbulence (UK), Slipstream, Penumbra, Border Crossing, Inkspill (UK), Bacopa, Iodine Poetry Journal, Frostwriting (Sweden), Alligator Stew (UK). Three Coyotes, Paper Nautilus, Slippery Rock Arts Bulletin (SLAB), Chiron Review, The Chaffin Journal, Third Wednesday, Palehouse: Letters to Los Angeles, and various other journals in the US, UK, Sweden and Australia. She has five chapbooks -- Sanity Among the Wildflowers (2005), Hostage Negotiation in Negative-Land (2006), Carpeting the Stones (2008), Surface Effects in Winter Wind (2011) and the latest is Lit Up (2012). Her full-length poetry collection “Poste Restante” is available from Bellowing Ark Press.
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.