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Now accepting multimedia submissions for our October issue.

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Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for Writers

  • Work submitted to River Styx must be previously unpublished in print or online. This includes social media posts.
  • We accept poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, short play, and multimedia submissions electronically via Submittable.
  • Prose pieces should be typed, double-spaced, and page-numbered. Send no more than one short story or essay per submission. Stories/essays of 500 words or fewer may be sent in groups of up to three.
  • Send up to five poems per submission.
  • Translations are welcome if permission has been granted from owner of copyright.
  • We will read simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us of such and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Expect up to five months for a decision. Please do not query before five months have passed.
  • No e-mail submissions of any kind will be considered. If you wish to submit electronically, please use Submittable.
  • We no longer accept hard copy submissions.
  • All submissions will be considered for our online magazine. We no longer publish a print edition.

Guidelines for Visual Artists

  • Works may include paintings, photographs, animation, video, graphic short fiction, digital illustration, prints, and other media (including high-quality photos of 3-D or mixed-media work).
  • Allow up to five months for a response.
  • For cover art we seek a single, striking color image, with the possibility of printing a second, related image on the back cover. Cover images should be horizontal/landscape orientation (or able to be cropped).
  • Graphic stories may run as long as they need to tell the story. Page length is limited only by how long they keep our interest.
  • If your work is a part of a series of images, please submit up to 12 images. We like having choices.
  • If submitting a multi-page artistic work, such as a graphic short story, please submit only one at a time.
  • For larger files, please contact us using the form on the Contact page for further instructions.


All writers whose work we publish will receive compensation. This includes a one-year subscription, and payment of $50.

For multimedia, we pay $50.

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