Call for Issue 14 special feature:

Juvenescence, noun: the state or period of being young


The Fourth River is pleased to announce the submissions call for print Issue 14, due out Spring 2017. The issue will include a themed feature that explores what it means to be young in our environments, whether urban or rural, human-made or natural. With this feature, we hope to emphasize and celebrate the ways in which the place we begin shapes the person we become.
For the Juvenescence feature, we are seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual artwork that highlights the experience of being young: of searching, discovering, and learning from, of leaving or settling into our natural and/or human-made worlds.

Submission period is July 1st-September 1st. General submissions will also open at this time for prose, poetry, and artwork with a focus on nature and place.

General Guidelines

The Fourth River publishes one print issue in the spring and one digital issue in the fall. Submissions for print are accepted July 1-September 1; for digital November 1-January 1.

We welcome 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The Fourth River accepts unpublished poetry, literary short fiction, creative nonfiction and artwork.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 3-5 poems, up to 7,000 words of prose, or three pieces of visual art at a time.

The Fourth River only accepts submissions via Submittable.  Emailed submissions will not be read. Mailed submissions will be recycled.

$ 2.00
Please send us up to three pieces of original artwork or photography in the highest possible resolution.
$ 10.00
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