Talking River Review, Lewis-Clark State College’s literary journal, seeks examples of literary excellence and originality.  Send us your poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction manuscripts. Please do not mix different genres in the same submission. 

Over the past 29 years, we’ve featured creative work by some of this country’s best contemporary writers. Past contributors include Steve Almond, Kim Barnes, Sven Birkerts, Mary Clearman Blew, Sherwin Bitsui, Judy Blunt, Michael Earl Craig, Claire Davis, David James Duncan, Stephen Dunn, Gary Fincke, Seth Fried, Pete Fromm, Marie Fuhrman, Jim Harrison, Patricia Henley, B.J. Hollars, William Johnson, William Kittredge, Dorianne Laux, Bret Lott, Lee Martin, Michael Martone, Ron McFarland, Neide Messer, Brenda Miller, Tina Ontiveros, Lia Purpura, Alberto Rios, Rob Schlegel, Nance Van Winckel, Julie Marie Wade, Michael Wasson, Joe Wilkins, Robert Wrigley, and Dean Young, among others. 

As payment, contributors receive one copy of the issue in which their work appears, a one-year subscription to TRR beginning with the following issue, and a one-year gift subscription for a friend beginning with the issue in which the author’s work appears. 

Writers should submit no more than one long prose piece (up to 4,000 words) at a time and no more than two short-shorts (250 – 1,000 words) at a time. All prose manuscripts should be double-spaced. There are no particular content restrictions. 

We accept poetry manuscripts without regard to content. Poets should submit no more than five poems at a time. 

Please send one submission at a time and wait for a response before you submit additional work. If your work has been accepted for publication, please wait at least six months between submissions. We do not consider book-length works. 

Talking River Review is published biannually by the Associated Students of Lewis-Clark State College (ASLCSC). Subscriptions are $12 per year (which includes two issues ) and back issues are $12 each.  Submitters are strongly encouraged to read the journal before submitting. Visit our website,, for more details. 

Talking River Review staff read submissions August 1 through April 1. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as you notify us if accepted elsewhere