Multi-genre and multi-perspective; local, regional, and international; featuring the established, the neglected, and the emerging; Cold Mountain Review aims to recapture strands of its founding vision as well as to offer new and innovating ideas about place, sustainability, writing, and art. Come join us as we create the serious mischief of cultural change. 

We strongly encourage you to visit our website before submitting your work.

Due to the number of submissions we receive, we ask that you refrain from submitting to us more than once a year, unless solicited by the editors.

We do not accept previously published work, and we do not assume responsibility for the delay, loss, or damage of submissions. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere and please withdraw your submission online.

Thank you for your interest in Cold Mountain Review. We look forward to reading your work!


Submit up to five single-spaced poems. 

Creative Nonfiction

We welcome submissions in all sub-genres of creative nonfiction (essay, memoir, narrative journalism, etc.), but please do not submit more than one piece at a time. Submissions should be double-spaced. Creative Nonfiction manuscripts should be under 6,000 words.


Interviews with creative writers in all genres should be submitted as edited transcripts. Please indicate in your cover letter where and when the interview took place, and the circumstances that led to the interview. Interviews should be no more than five double-spaced pages in length.


Cold Mountain Review is pleased to review high quality short stories of 6,000 words and under. We will consider novel excerpts if the submission is an exemplary stand-alone piece. Submissions should be double-spaced.


We are always interested in reviewing full-color cover art for CMR, as well as portfolios of photography. Pieces submitted for consideration should be submitted as jpeg files. All images should be saved at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher.

Ends on February 15, 2018$10.00

Named for master storyteller and founding editor of Cold Mountain Review, this $500 prize honors a narrative poem on an ecological and/or eco-justice theme (broadly defined).

From Homer to Shakespeare, Christina Rossetti to Poe, Robert Frost to Elizabeth Bishop, and Robinson Jeffers to Marilyn Nelson, poetry that tells a story has long informed human cultures. In line with our mission to reclaim the strands of old stories we didn’t need to lose and invent new stories we now need, we invite story-telling poems about the environment and our place in it. 

Poems may be long or short: they may be ballads, dramatic monologues, linear narratives, lyric narratives, and other hybrids. We are as open to new ways of telling stories through poetry as we are to new narratives of environmental justice. Please submit up to three poems of no more than ten total pages.

All submissions will be considered for publication in the spring issue of CMR. The entry fee is $10, and the deadline is February 15, 2018.

Ends on May 1, 2018$3.00
Ends on May 1, 2018$3.00
Ends on May 1, 2018$3.00
Ends on May 1, 2018