Guidelines for Submitting to River Teeth

We accept submissions September 1 to December 1 and January 1 to May 1.

River Teeth invites submissions of creative nonfiction, including narrative reportage, essays, and memoirs, as well as critical essays that explore the impact of nonfiction narrative on the lives of its writers, subjects, and readers. We do not have a page length or word count limit (or minimum). Please wait to submit another essay for consideration until a decision has been made on your first submission.

River Teeth encourages underrepresented writers to submit work for consideration, including but not limited to: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled writers.

River Teeth uses Submittable to read and track your submissions; in order to submit, you will need to set up an account. There is a $3 submission fee, but watch for free submission periods. We no longer accept submissions via mail. We 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 essay is picked up by another journal. We 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. River Teeth requests first North American serial rights. If published, the writer will receive two complimentary issues of the journal, a one-year subscription, and the option to purchase additional copies at a discounted contributor's rate.

Submission Guidelines for Beautiful Things

Micro nonfiction submissions to River Teeth's weekly online magazine, Beautiful Things, must be 250 words or fewer. Please submit one beautiful thing at a time, via Submittable; there is a $3 submission fee, but watch for free submission periods.

Book Reviews

River Teeth accepts queries for book reviews 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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