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We accept submissions of fiction, memoir, poetry, criticism, reviews, interviews, essays, translations, art, and photography, on a rolling basis, for consideration in the next or future issues. We are especially interested in submissions of and pitches for despatches: reports on the state of literary culture in particular locales, as defined by region, language, or culture.

Please submit all work by e-mail, sent to: If the work in question exists only in hard copy, or for more complicated multimedia proposals, feel free to inquire by email about other options for submitting. We accept submissions in the following formats: .doc or .docx, .pdf, and .rtf.

We make every effort to respond within four months, but response time will vary according to the number of submissions and accepted works. If the work you have submitted to us is accepted elsewhere, notify us immediately. In cases where we are impressed by work that we happen not to be able to make use of, it is not unusual for us to recommend those submissions to the attention of the editors of other publications we enjoy a close relationship with. Alternately, we may suggest stand-along publication of art or images, in one of the chapbook or pamphlet series published by Pen & Anvil.

Please read past issues of The Charles River Journal so you have a clear sense of our editorial focus. All of our back issues material is freely available on this site.

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