We welcome your submissions to Issue 1 of the Rockvale Review!

We Publish Only Poetry.

We have TWO reading periods each year:

  • Jan 1 through March 31 (with an issue published in May)
  • July 1 through September 30 (with an issue published in November.)

Work submitted outside these windows will not be read. Right now, our issues are un-themed.

IMPORTANT – We read blind, so don’t put your name anywhere on your work or on the name of the file you attach. You can add a cover letter and a 100-word, 3rd-person bio in the appropriate section on the form if you wish, but we are more interested in the quality of the work you send now than in your past achievements. If your work is accepted, we will contact you for your author’s bio and photo.

Send 1-3 poems, no longer than 75 lines each, in a single document. Submit only once per reading period. We only accept work via Submittable at the link below. Simultaneous submissions are perfectly OK, but please let us know if your work is accepted somewhere else by making a note in Submittable. Previously published work is not accepted.

Please don’t send song lyrics and greeting card lines. Don’t send poems with explicit language, or poems that are overtly political, sexual, or discriminatory.

We like Times New Roman and 12-point font best, so if you want to make us happy, you’ll like that too. Also, we prefer .doc, .docx or PDF files.

While we’d love to compensate you for your beautiful words, we can’t do that yet.

We acquire first North American serial rights for works we publish. All rights revert to the author upon publication. Should your work be subsequently published in a chapbook or full collection, please mention that it appeared first in Rockvale Review.

Thank you for sending us your work. We appreciate the chance to read it. We generally respond within 12 weeks.