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.

riverSedge is published annually and is currently transitioning to online-only format, beginning with the 2020 issue . Electronic submissions only. If your work appears in our latest issue, please wait a year before submitting again.

                riverSedge 2021 General Submissions/Contest Guidelines

All submissions (except reviews and interviews) are eligible for contest prizes in three categories: Poetry, Prose, and Art. Here are the full guidelines:

  • Submissions open from October 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021
  • $3 submission fee for all genres.
  • 3 prizes of $200 will be awarded in poetry, prose, and art. All entries are eligible for contest prizes (except reviews and interviews). Dramatic scripts and graphic literature will be judged as prose.
  • Multiple submissions welcome in all genres. However, each submission should be uploaded as a separate entry. In other words, one story/essay/art piece/comic/script per $5 entry fee. For poetry, three poems per entry. For specific guidelines, visit the categories below.
  • Previously unpublished work only. Self-published written work (in print and/or on the web) is not eligible. Visual artwork that has been uploaded to an artist's personal website will be considered, but at the discretion of riverSedge.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your submission as soon as possible.
  • Submissions in, between, and/or beyond English and Spanish are welcome.
  • Current staff, faculty, and students of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or South Texas College cannot submit original work to riverSedge.
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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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  • limit of 5 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

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
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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 Rene Martinez at jrenemtz[at]southtexascollege[dot]edu

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.

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 their 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.

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riverSedge: A Journal of Art and Literature