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, Marge Piercy, Nickole Brown, Afaa Michael Weaver, Joseph Millar, Ellen Bass, Nathalie Handal, Alex Lemon, Walt McDonald, Joe Weil, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Vivian Shipley, Joe Wilkins, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Doug Anderson, Adrian C. Louis, Frank X. Gaspar, William Trowbridge, Larry D. Thomas, Wendy Barker, Keith Ekiss, and WD Ehrhart.
Each fall, we make nominations for the Pushcart Prize.
We publish approximately 45 to 55 poems and multiple pieces of art per issue. In size, the journal is 5 ½ x 8 ½ .
You may see all our contributors by clicking the Page links located to the left of this webpage. We accept submissions during two submission periods: July 1st and January 1st of each year:
July 1st to July 31st, 2014 Non-themed
January 1st to January 31st, 2015 Theme: To be announced.
Scroll on down below for the guidelines for our regular issues of SPRR.
In addition to our regular issue submission periods, we announce the following:
In celebration of five great years of publishing poetry and art, San Pedro River Review will hold its first Blue Horse Press Chapbook Contest. Larry D. Thomas will be the judge. Thomas, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, was the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate. You may read more about him on his website: http://www.larrydthomas.com/about.htm
The submission window is March 15th to May 15th, 2014. Submit 12 to 24 poems. There is no theme, but we are looking for originality, artistic use of language, and cohesiveness in tone and subject.
THIS IS A POSTAL SUBMISSION. Mail your chapbook manuscript to:
San Pedro River Review
PO Box 7000 - 148
Redondo Beach, CA 90277 – 8710
Include two coversheets: one with identifying information, one without. Names must not appear anywhere on the poems themselves. Send only the poems and Table of Contents. Winner will be asked to provide further information, including Acknowledgements page for any journals or magazines where individual poems have been published previously. Your manuscript may arrive after May 15th, but it must have a postmark no later than that day.
Manuscripts will be recycled; no SASE required. The winner will be announced via email.
The winner will receive 50 copies and $100. ISBN provided by Blue Horse Press.
Entry fee: non-refundable $10.00 We prefer payment through PayPal ( email@example.com ), but if you must send a check, make it out to San Pedro River Review, and mail to:
San Pedro River Review
PO Box 7000 - 148
Redondo Beach, CA 90277 – 8710
If not using Pay Pal, then the contest check must arrive before May 15th.
What do we like? Though our editorial preferences are diverse, we have a strong liking for poetry of Place and the relationship between lives and landscapes. Most importantly, we seek an economy of language with a keen focus on voice and image. We like a touch of Lorca's duende that loves ledges and wounds.
First, though we have a Postal address, we highly discourage Postal submissions.
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. Prose poems are fine. -- 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. 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.
POETRY submissions should be sent in a single MS Word attachment: .doc/docx or .rtf; Use standard fonts. Try to 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 likely appear in all-caps when the issue is published.
-- Be aware that if your 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 3 MB. We seek interesting angles on ordinary as well as downtrodden vistas. We like Realism: photographs of urban and rural decay, or obsolescence, though we don't limit ourselves to those areas when considering art submissions. 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
Any small donation helps. First Class mailing is around $3.50 domestic, while foreign shipping fees run much higher.
Venues for purchasing SPRR are expanding. In Tucson, it may be purchased at Antigone Books on 4th Avenue. In Long Beach, California, we're sold at Gatsby's, and in Rolling Hills Estates at The Book Frog.
Very few back issues are available, though we carry a good stock of the current issue.
Please note that we also have a Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to access our Facebook page -- it's public. This is our general medium for broadcasting updates, such as when contributor and subscription copies are mailed out. We do not participate in LinkedIn or Twitter. Facebook is enough of an overloaded circuit. Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/san.review
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 five 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. 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 Spoon River Poetry Review, Arkansas Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Columbia College Literary Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, The Cape Rock, Concho River Review, Connecticut Review, december, Emerson Review, Georgetown Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, James Dickey Review, Kestrel, Los Angeles Review, Louisville Review, Mojave River Review, New Madrid, New York Quarterly, Owen Wister Review, Permafrost, Pirene's Fountain, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry South (UK), South Carolina Review, Southwestern American Literature, Sugar House Review, Texas Review, Tulane Review, and War Literature and the Arts. In addition to eight chapbooks, his first full-length book of poems is The Wolf Yearling, published by Silver Birch Press: 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 four-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee. Publication credits include or are forthcoming in Columbia College Literary Review, East Coast Literary Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Gargoyle, december, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Pirene's Fountain, Rhino, Illya’s Honey, RE:AL, Mojave River Review, Los Angeles Review, Pacific Review, Pea River Review, Sport Lit, Sugar House Review, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Red Earth Review, Red River Review, I-70 Review, Turbulence (UK), Slipstream, Penumbra, Border Crossing, Inkspill (UK), Bacopa, Iodine Poetry Journal, Frostwriting (Sweden), Alligator Stew (UK), 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. Her most recent work is Lapses & Absences, available from Blue Horse Press (2013): http://www.amazon.com/Lapses-Absences-Tobi-Cogswell/dp/0615923739/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387411265&sr=1-1&keywords=tobi+cogswell
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.