Please read the guidelines. Submissions that look like they haven’t read or followed the guidelines are likely to receive a rejection letter fairly quickly.

Reading Period

We accept submissions year-round. Simultaneous submissions are fine.


Up to ten poems or prose poems, or up to 1,000 words of a book review or a critical essay.

We also accept visual art submissions.


Please format writing submissions as Microsoft Word .docx files. Poetry, single-spaced. Prose, 1.5-line spaced.

Please format visual art submissions as .jpg or .png files, preferably high resolution and at least 1,000px wide.

Author Bio

Include a short author biography with your submission, around three to five sentences, with anything you’d like to highlight about your background, your submission, your writing influences, and similar things.

Pen Names

We do not allow the use of pen names without a substantial reason.


There is no fee for submission. We currently do not provide payment for successful submissions. Our readers may choose to tip individual authors via our PayPal account. We do not take any fees for ourselves from those donations.

In the simplest possible terms, we ask for the right to use submissions on this site and in any derivative material (social media posts, printed magazines, etc.) that we may produce. Otherwise, your work is your work and you retain your rights to it unchanged. Please refer to our Terms of Use page for full details.

Do Not Send Us These Things

It goes without saying, but submissions that evidence political, religious, ideological, identity-based or any other biases are unlikely to be considered.

We’re not fans of writing that makes gratuitous use of violence, death, depression or other mental illness, suicide, alcoholism, drug addiction, abuse, or any other antisocial themes, or that revolves around shock value for the sake of it. There are many other journals and magazines interested in that subject matter. Ours is not.

Editorial Process

Submissions go through several rounds of editorial review and are selected by group voting and consensus.

In general, we do not make or request any significant edits to submissions. Submissions need to be in their final version.

We will fix obvious typos, autocorrect errors, etc., and make minor formatting changes for consistency with our publication style guide.

We usually post only one piece per author. Accepted authors are asked to wait at least three months before submitting again.

Where to Submit

Please use either of our submission accounts, whichever you prefer.


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Submit to Red Ogre Review!

You can also always email your submission to us at

We will respond as quickly as we can, although depending on the volume of submissions, it may take us several weeks to several months. If you haven’t heard back from us for the issue you submitted to, it means that your submission is still under consideration.