Cold Mountain Review seeks to publish work that is informed by, and attempts to engage with eco- and social-justice issues and experiences. We strongly encourage you to visit our website and review our most recent issue before submitting your work. http://www.coldmountainreview.org/
We welcome work from both established and previously un/under-published contributors of all backgrounds and identities, including people of color (BIPOC), those who identify as LGBTQIA+, disabled people, members of religious minorities, people originally from or currently living outside the United States, and all others whom the traditional publishing industry has historically underrepresented.
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 hope you will join us as we create the serious mischief of cultural change.
Annual Online Issue:
Cold Mountain Review will publish one full issue each year on our website. Submissions will be accepted here from October 1 to November 15 annually.
We accept up to five single-spaced poems per submission. Poems must be previously unpublished, including online-only publication.
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. Creative Nonfiction manuscripts should be under 6,000 words.
Interviews with creative writers and artists 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.
We are always interested in reviewing full-color art, including portfolios of photographs, print art, or fine art images. Pieces submitted for consideration should be submitted as .jpeg, .tiff, .png, or .pdf files. All images should be saved with the title of the work as the filename at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher.
Annual Book Contest:
Cold Mountain Press will publish one winning manuscript in prose and one winning manuscript in poetry each year. Submissions will be accepted here from June 1 to June 30 annually.
Each year we accept a full length manuscript of prose. In even years we will accept fiction entries. In odd years we will accept creative nonfiction.
Each year will accept a full length manuscript of poetry. Chapbook length submissions are discouraged.
Our goal as a journal is to shed light on, prompt conversations about, and explore the ramifications of eco- and social-justice issues by sharing work that exemplifies this focus. We know it's not enough to simply print this work; we want to live by it. So we've taken on the self-imposed challenge of Don't Just Print It, Do It. In an effort to be more economically just, we no longer charge a submission fee, and offer discounted copies of the journal to those who submit. In an effort to be socially conscious members of the literary world, we began the Reaching Inside Project to provide boxes of ten archived copies of the journal (a total cover value of $80) to organizations with an identifiable need. Our first recipients will be prison libraries across the nation, sharing work the inmates may not otherwise be exposed to, and perhaps inspiring them to submit their own work to CMR.
If you would like to sponsor a box, your payment covers the packaging and shipping costs.
If you would like your box sent to a specific prison, please note that in the comment section. We cannot guarantee that the prison you request will accept them, but we will do our best!
CMR 2023: 50th Anniversary Special Issue on Renewal
The theme of Cold Mountain Review’s 2023 issue focuses on the idea and experiences of Renewal. We invite submissions that explore and attempt to categorize, celebrate, question, or engage with what renewal looks like in varying contexts, how it impacts systems or individuals, when and how we want (or don't want) renewal to be part of a process, or how we experience renewal in our public or private lives.
We are living in a time of undeniable climate chaos, social upheaval, political reordering, economic inequality, and identity revolution. As the very fabric of our environment continues to fray, there are organizations planting trees and cleaning the ocean. The marginalized of our society are being increasingly invited into more spaces and summarily rejected from others. We are at once destroying and rebuilding. And this brings with it the possibility for renewal--of self, of others, of that which has been forgotten or neglected.
What have you seen renewed in the earth, and what does it seem clear may never be successfully reestablished? Where does continuation intersect with depletion? What aspects of our society's traits or human habits should not be renewed? What can we bring back that was once lost? There is much to explore, and we want to walk alongside you as you journey through your own renewal experiences and understanding.
The submission fee will be waived for those as yet undiscovered writers/artists who have been previously unpublished or minimally published (three or fewer publication credits, no full length publications).
The submission fee for those who have been previously published is $3.00.
Please submit poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, interviews, and visual art (including photography). While CMR is not a scholarly journal, we encourage critically informed work and hybrid genres, e.g., multispecies ethnography or autoecography.
Deadline: November 15, 2023
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