Dark River Review, the national undergraduate literary magazine sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature at Alabama State University, is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2015 issue. Currently enrolled undergraduate students are invited to submit poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, academic essays, and visual art.


Please use our online submission manager at to submit previously unpublished work. Each contributor may send work only once during the submission period but may submit in as many categories as desired. Submit no more than six poems, three short stories, three works of creative nonfiction, three academic essays, and six works of visual art. Include a brief biography of no more than fifty words (see examples below). Poetry should be single-spaced. Prose should be double-spaced. Writing submissions must be saved in .doc, .docx, or .rtf. Visual art submissions must be saved in .jpg or .png format at 300 dpi or better.


Revisions to submissions will not be accepted; however, contributors will have an opportunity to make minor changes during the copy editing process. Notifications will be made by email with an expected publication date in April 2015. Upon publication, Dark River Review assumes first North American serial rights; all rights revert back to contributors upon publication, so that authors and artists may re-publish their work elsewhere provided proper acknowledgment is given to Dark River Review.


The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015.



Submit your work today, so that it may live on for tomorrow!


Sample Biographies


Please include your name, university affiliation, major, and hometown. You may also include extracurricular activities, hobbies, some personal information, and a list of previous publications, if you have any.


Sally Doe, a junior physical therapy major at Alabama State University, is from Opelika, Alabama. She participates in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, Elite Models, and the Chess Team. She has been writing poems since she was six years old. This is her first publication.


Sam Doe, a Chicago native, majors in English at the University of Delaware. He is a member of Pulse Poetic Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and enjoys playing pickup basketball. This is his second appearance in Dark River Review, and he has a poem forthcoming with The Allegheny Review.