The Fourth River welcomes submissions that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild. We are looking for writing that is richly situated at the confluence of place, space and identity—or that reflects upon or makes use of landscape and place in new ways.
Recent authors we’ve published include Barbara Hurd, Susan Cohen, Nate Pritts, and BK Loren. Contributors to The Fourth River have received Pushcart Prizes, NEA Fellowships, and The Drue Heinz Literature Prize. The Fourth River’s contributors have been published in Glimmer Train, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Travel Writing.
The Fourth River accepts unpublished poetry, literary short fiction, creative nonfiction and artwork. Please send up 3-5 poems, up to 7,000 words of prose, or three pieces of visual art at a time. All submissions will be considered for print or online publication.
Submission Period for Print Journal: July 1 – September 1.
Submission Period for Online Journal: November 1 – January 1.
The Fourth River only accepts submissions via Submittable. Emailed submissions will not be read. Mailed submissions will be recycled.
*Queering Nature: Themed Online Issue Coming Fall 2015**
Heteronormative/queer. Natural/unnatural. Human/animal. Urban/wild.
These binaries reveal heteronormative privilege, along with its assumption of
dominance over nature and its definition of what's natural. But what if the world in which we live has
always been naturally queer, and language has yet to reveal it?
Guest-edited by Dakota Garilli and Michael Walsh, The Fourth River’s second online issue, to launch in Fall of 2015, will
focus on Queering Nature, and we’re looking for your best, most innovative
nature and place-based writing in any genre or style. Hybrid forms, lyric essays, prose
poems, and work that blends research with creative language are all welcome.
We want to see work that delves into the mess and nuance of our natural world. As Alex Johnson writes in his essay “How to Queer Ecology,” “What queer can offer is the identity of I am also. I am also human. I am also natural. I am also alive and dynamic and full of contradiction, paradox, irony.”
Submissions will open for this special issue on December 1, 2014, and close on February 1, 2015. Check The Fourth River website for more submission details at http://fourthriver.chatham.edu/index.php/submit.