riverSedge 2017 General Submissions/Contest Guidelines

Since 1977, riverSedge has published the very best art and literature from the South Texas region and beyond. Past artists and authors include Barry Deutsch, Eleanor L. Bennett, Larry McMurtry, Rolando Hinojosa, Angela de Hoyos, Alurista, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sandra Cisneros.

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, all submissions (except reviews, interviews, and Remolinos) will be eligible for contest prizes in three categories: Poetry, Prose, and Art. Here are the full guidelines:

  • $5 submission fee for all genres (except reviews, interviews, and Remolinos)
  • 3 prizes of $300 will be awarded in poetry, prose, and art. All entries will be eligible for contest prizes. Dramatic scripts and graphic literature will be judged as prose.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome in all genres. Each submission should be uploaded as a separate entry, however. In other words, one story/essay/art piece/etc. per $5 entry fee. For poetry, three poems per entry. For specific guidelines, visit the categories below.
  • Previously unpublished work only. Self-published work (in print and/or on the web) is not eligible.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If your work is accepted elsewhere, however, please withdraw your submission as soon as possible.
  • Submissions in, between, and/or beyond English and Spanish are welcome.
  • Current staff, faculty, and students affiliated with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or South Texas College are not eligible to submit original work to riverSedge. Students, staff, and faculty of these institutions should look to Remolinos for publishing opportunities.
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  • We accept fiction up to 8,000 words.
  • upload your file in Microsoft Word, Rich Text, or Adobe Acrobat format ONLY
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  • No more than three poems per entry.
  • upload your file in Microsoft Word, Rich Text, or Adobe Acrobat format ONLY.
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  • We accept nonfiction up to 5,000 words.
  • upload your file in Microsoft Word, Rich Text, or Adobe Acrobat format ONLY
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  • up to 10 pages
  • upload your file in Microsoft Word, Rich Text, or Adobe Acrobat format ONLY
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Send us your previously unpublished comics, manga, or cartoon art

  • submit one or more comics; no more than 20 pages total
  • Upload jpg files with 300 dpi resolution
  • Pdf files are acceptable as well
  • Black & white preferred; color considered
  • Be aware the final page size will be 6 X 9
Art
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  • Image size should be 13" wide
  • 300 dpi JPEG, jpg
  • Black & White or Color
  • Full name of artist
  • Medium
  • Year
  • Title (if any)
  • Original size of art work
  • 3D works must have a neutral background, properly lighted, and in color
  • Webpage & e-mail

 By submitting to riverSedge the Artist certifies that they are the author/s of the original artwork submitted.

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Publishers and Book Authors

If you are a publisher and/or author and would like to see your book reviewed in riverSedge, please contact Daniel M. Mendoza at mendozadnl[at]gmail[dot]com.

General Review Inquiries

  • Queries and unsolicited reviews are encouraged. If you are interested in submitting a book review, submit a query that includes 1) a brief summary of the book to be considered and 2) a writing sample. You should also disclose your relationship to the author or publisher if one exists.
  • Book reviews should be 800-1200 words. 

Note: Submitting a book or book review to riverSedge does not guarantee publication in the journal.

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riverSedge accepts queries for proposed interviews. ​We are most interested in publishing interviews of authors and artists with a connection to the borderlands, the American Southwest, and/or Texas. Interviews can be of established or up-and-coming authors/artists. We publish interviews between 4,000 to 7,000 words, including a two-paragraph introduction to the author and his/her work.

To submit a query, send a brief bio of both yourself and the subject of your interview. Also, please tell us why you think this subject is worthy of an interview in our journal.

Note: Submitting an interview to riverSedge does not guarantee publication in the journal.

Remolinos: the Official Blog of riverSedge is now accepting submissions. We are looking for just about anything that is related to writing and art from the South Texas region and beyond, such as book/art reviews; feature articles of literary/artistic events; short poems and prose; book spine poetry; artwork; interviews; and writing prompts. We’re open to other ideas as well, so feel free to pitch them to us. While submissions are open to anyone, students of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and South Texas College are especially encouraged to send us their work.

Submissions to Remolinos are free of charge. If you’d like to submit content for consideration, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Submissions should be literary in nature. We encourage innovative and hybrid representations of any of the material listed above. Hate speech, bigotry, and other forms of ignorance will not be published.
  • Previously published content will not be considered. This includes content published on your personal blog, social media, or website.
  • Each post requires an image, so please be sure to include an image you have permission to use. If the image is not your own, please indicate where the image comes from (url link, for example).
  • Unless solicited, please submit once every two months.

REVIEWS and FEATURES: We prefer reviews between 300-500 words. Event features should include a description of the event, images, featured reader/s or artist/s, attendees, etc.

PROSE: We prefer prose between 500-700 words. Essays should be 400-1000 words in length and can be about anything related to literature and art.

POETRY: Up to 3 poems per submission. No long poems (if you’re not sure what we mean by that, just send your poem/s in. We’ll let you know if your work meets our criteria.). For book spine poetry, see art guidelines below.

ART: One image per submission. Images should be at least 600 x 400 pixels, 300 dpi, and in JPEG or JPG formats.

INTERVIEWS: We prefer interviews between 1300-2000 words.

WRITING PROMPTS: Send 5-8 original writing prompts per submission. One or all may be used.

Questions or Pitches? Email Nayelly Barrios, Blog Editor, at nayelly[dot]barrios[at]utrgv[dot]edu.

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