Submissions for Naugatuck River Review’s 11th annual Narrative Poetry Contest are open July 1 – Sept. 1. Our judge this year is Lauren K. Alleyne.
Our winter open submission period is Jan 1 – March 1, 2019
Guidelines are below and on the Submittable site. Please read them over carefully before submitting your work. More contest info is on our Contest page.
We accept ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY through Submittable during the summer submission period, July 1 – Sept. 1. The contest fee of $20 (per 3 poem submission) will be accepted. Unpaid submissions will be disqualified. Emailed submissions and mailed submissions will not be considered.
Please submit no more than 3 unpublished NARRATIVE poems of no more than 50 lines per poem in ONE MSWord file (.doc or .docx or .rtf only, no pdf please). Please remove your name from your word file, as the poetry is read blind by our editorial staff and contest judge. We know it is yours by your Submittable profile.
Questions ONLY: Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. .
Accepted contributors to the journal will get a copy of the print journal. We are not in a position to pay you otherwise, but hope the journal is worth much more than the cost of its paper.
Multiple submissions are discouraged, but simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you inform us right away if your poem is accepted elsewhere. We claim first North American publication rights, so rights revert to the author after the initial publication period, just please give us credit. We prefer work that has not been previously published.
WHAT IS NARRATIVE POETRY?
We get this question quite often. 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 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