Guidelines for Submitting to River Teeth

River Teeth invites submissions of creative nonfiction, including narrative reportage, essays, and memoirs, as well as critical essays that examine the emerging genre and that explore the impact of nonfiction narrative on the lives of its writers, subjects, and readers.

River Teeth uses Submittable to read and track your submissions.  In order to submit to River Teeth, you will need to set up an account. 

Log in to Submittable to submit your essay.

Simultaneous Submissions
River Teeth
will consider simultaneous submissions as long as writers follow the normal etiquette of such submissions by indicating so in a cover letter or the notes section of the submission, and notifying us immediately if the piece is picked up by another journal.

Response Time
The editors of River Teeth try to respond to submissions within three to six months, though we always work hard to return submissions as quickly as possible while giving each submission a fair read. 

** Journal Submissions are accepted September 1 to December 1 and January 1 to May 1. **

If Accepted

If published, the writer will receive two complimentary issues of the journal, one year subscription, and the option to purchase more of the journal the piece appeared in at a discounted rate. If you allow River Teeth to publish your piece, we will receive first North American serial rights. 

Submissions by Mail

River Teeth no longer accepts submissions by mail.  Please use Submittable to enter your piece for consideration. There is a $3 submission fee, but watch for free submission periods.  

Submission Guidelines for Beautiful Things Column

Flash nonfiction submissions to the River Teeth weekly column, Beautiful Things, should be 250 words or less. Please submit one beautiful thing at a time, via Submittable.

Submissions for Beautiful Things are generally open year-round, but may be closed occasionally when our staff gets behind on reading. 

There is a $3 submission fee, but watch for free submission periods.  

Book Reviews, Articles, and Essays on Craft

River Teeth accepts queries for reviews, articles, or essays to be published on the website only. Please contact us via email at

Review copies of books may be sent to River Teeth for potential review. Please send to the address below.

Questions about River Teeth should be directed to:

River Teeth
Dept. of English
Ball State University
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie, IN 47306

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