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.

While we are open to submissions all year, we will be slower to respond during the summer months. 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 October 31, 2017$3.00

CMR, Fall 2017, Special Issue on Extinction

The theme of Cold Mountain Review’s Fall 2017 issue is Extinction. We invite submissions that explore and attempt to discern—through language and art—living and dying in a time of radical precarity and uncertainty––a time of mass extinction and climate chaos, also known as the Sixth Great Extinction Event. As species decline globally at an accelerating rate, greater than at any time in the past 65 million years, we invite submissions that give voice to endangered and vanishing creatures, cultures, and tongues; re/imagine and express creaturely relationships on the brink, including the human and more-than-human; imagine ourselves ceasing as a species; and encounter and name the political, economic, and cultural forces driving this human-induced extinction event. In what ways do we feel and/or become motivated by the myriad cascading losses impinging on our imaginations? How do we transpose our ways of being and becoming in a more tenuous and inhospitable world? Do we love differently? How does living in a time of mass extinction alter our sense and “use” of time? How do we understand the sacred and profane in an unfolding new reality of diminishing life? Might we even reinvent the human at the species level, an essential task the late Thomas Berry insisted is needed for our time? What might happen if, instead of settling for a proposed new epoch––the Anthropocene­­––we aim our creative energies at the Ecozoic era, when humans might again begin to live in a mutually enhancing relationship with the Earth and the Earth community—albeit a radically altered one?

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: October 31, 2017