Rolling, burbling, churning along, tributaries lead us to the river.  These winding origins are sometimes small, but often powerful.  Tributaries refresh us, urge us forward, guide us through the trees.The  Fourth River’s weekly online publication, “Tributaries”, showcases the  brief and the inspiring, that which sustains us and takes us through  unexpected courses.

We are honored to welcome Geeta Kothari as our Tributaries Editor for fall, 2018!


Submit one poem or up to 500 words of fiction or nonfiction prose that addresses the mission above.

Multiple submissions are not accepted. Please submit one piece at a time and wait to hear back before submitting again.

Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you notify us immediately.

We do not accept previously published work.


GEETA KOTHARI is the nonfiction editor of the Kenyon Review.   Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including New England Review, Massachusetts Review, and othersHer essay "If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?" is widely taught in universities and has been reprinted in several anthologies, including in Best American Essays. She is the editor of ‘Did My Mama Like to Dance?’ and Other Stories about Mothers and Daughters and recently published a short story collection, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories.