riverrun 2023 volume 50: Please consider submitting work in art, fiction, poetry, short performance, and non-fiction for the upcoming edition of riverrun set to be published in the spring of 2023. We look forward to hearing from you!

Next Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2023.

Please download and fill out the submission form below and e-mail the form along with your work to You may submit up to five pieces of your work per year.

We currently publish works of the following categories:

  • Visual Art
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Short Performance

Submission Guidelines and Recommendations

Please review the past volumes of riverrun (found in “Past Volumes”) for examples of what our editorial classes have found to be publishable works. Do however keep in mind that the editorial class changes every year.

  • We recommend that your submission be less than 10 pages or less than 10 minutes if submitting spoken poetry, though quality is certainly reviewed in choosing which works are to be published. The shorter it is, and able to make it’s point, the better chance of it being selected.
  • By submitting your work to this journal, you have agreed that riverrun has the right to print or publish your work in current and future productions. Should you wish to resubmit your accepted work to another publication, you will need to request a release form from the riverrun editors. To do this please send an email to or fill out the form below.
  • We accept only five works from each individual per year. You may submit every year that you attend UCCS. You may submit into multiple categories as long as your submissions never exceed five. (For Example: John Smith is able to submit 3 poetry works, 1 art piece and 1 fiction short story.)

Volume 50 Submission Process

The class is broken up into different selection committees based on the genres accepted in the journal. Each committee works together, looking at many different “aesthetics” within each genre and different editors, to come up with a selection criteria.

The committees work through their selection criteria to perfect it by testing out many pieces before looking at the submissions from that year. Works are shown anonymously to eliminate any bias. As a committee, they look at each anonymous work and score it based on their selection criteria.

The works that score the best are selected to be published in the book. Only after the pieces have been finalized can the committee know the names of the authors published.

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