Submissions are open.
River Styx seeks to publish work from new and established writers that is striking in its originality, energy, and craft. The high quality of work published in River Styx has made it a leader among literary magazines for over 40 years. River Styx has been included in many editions of the Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, New Stories from the South, and Pushcart Prize anthologies. If you’d like to get a feel for the type of work we publish, please order an issue or check out our archives for sample pieces.
The contributors of River Styx are who make us so grand, and we show our gratitude. All contributors- poets, writers, essayists, and artists alike- receive compensation for their published work. This includes an edition of the issue in which their work is included and the following payment:
Prose (fiction/nonfiction): $50-150 (depending on length)
Art: $50-100 (depending on location and extent of work)
Contest winner: $1,500 (Please see more information about the current contest, which changes between International Poetry Contest and Microfiction Contest)
General Submission Guidelines
Submit only previously unpublished work through Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please inform us promptly if your piece is accepted elsewhere. You may withdraw entire submissions or leave a note about a partial withdrawal through the submission system.
Prose: Fiction and Nonfiction
Prose pieces should be no longer than 5,000 words, double-spaced and paginated. Send no more than one short story or work of creative nonfiction per submission.
Send up to four poems per submissions. Translations are welcome if permission has been granted from owner of copyright.
Send us art! We will consider any medium sent to us via digital form through Submittable. In the past we have published photographs, graphic novels, paintings, prints, illustrations, etc.
River Styx prefers submissions through Submittable. Absolutely no email submissions will be considered. If you are unable to submit through our submission system, we will accept your postal submission (including a self-addressed stamped envelope for response) mailed to:
3139 A, South Grand Blvd. Suite 203
St. Louis, MO 63118