About Naugatuck River Review

This is a literary journal founded in order to publish and in doing so to honor good narrative poetry. We publish twice a year. Our first edition was Winter/Spring 2009.  Publication rights revert to the author of the poem and we do not pay for poetry published. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere. Naugatuck River Review is dedicated to publishing narrative poetry in the tradition of great narrative poets such as Patricia Smith, Alicia Ostriker, Maxine Kumin, Ruth Stone, Gerald Stern, Philip Levine or James Wright.

What NRR is looking for are poems that tell a story, or have a strong sense of story. They can be stories of a moment or an experience, and can be personal, fictional or historical. A good narrative poem that would work for our journal has a compressed narrative, and we prefer poems that take up two pages or less of the journal (50 lines max). We are looking above all for poems that are well-crafted, have an excellent lyric quality and contain a strong emotional core. Any style of poem is considered, including prose poems. Poems with very long lines don’t fit well in the format. Hope this helps

We will have two reading periods, Summer and Winter. Detailed submission guidelines are on our Submissions page.  The Winter issue will be a contest issue. Details are on our Contest page. For more information please contact the editors at naugatuckriver@aol.com.

Lori Desrosiers, MFA
Managing Editor/Publisher

Contact info: email at naugatuckriver@aol.com
Send subscription forms/requests or inquiries to PO Box 368, Westfield, MA 01085
Do not send submissions to our PO Box, they will be returned. NRR accepts electronic submissions only.

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