Santa Ana River Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submissions Open for Winter 2022

Our submission period for our Winter 2022 issue runs November 22, 2021 to December 21, 2021. Links to submit work are at the bottom of this page. 

The Santa Ana River Review is the literary magazine of the University of California, Riverside’s MFA program. For our Winter 2022 Issue, we are seeking your best fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, and short dramatic works.   We especially encourage people of color, LGBTQIA+, and all underrepresented groups to submit.


  • In addition to your submission, please include a cover letter with a brief third-person bio (including your pronouns), social media info, and an email address.
  • Current and former students of UCR's MFA program are ineligible to submit unless they are more than a year removed from their affiliation with the program.
  • We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please withdraw if accepted elsewhere.
  • Please submit work that is proofread and ready for publication upon acceptance. We are student-run on a volunteer basis and do not have the capacity to do developmental edits. With the exception of correcting typos, major edits proposed post-publication may not be honored.
  • All rights revert to the author upon publication. Please credit Santa Ana River Review in future publications.
  • We only accept submissions through Submittable.


  • Maximum 5,000 words
  • Submit double-spaced .doc or .docx attachment. Please include page numbers.
  • Novel excerpts must be self-contained.
  • Send us the story only you can tell. The one with the characters you love, and where the writing pops off the page. Surprise us, please —we want to keep reading.


  • Maximum 5,000 words
  • Submit double-spaced .doc or .docx attachment. Please include page numbers.
  • We seek literary nonfiction of all types, though we do not publish academic articles or traditional literary criticism.   We're looking for past events that bump us up against future events, and reveal the depth of human experience. We're open to any subject as long as there is a clear narrative arc.


  • Up to 3 poems, 7 pages maximum.
  • Submit .doc or .docx attachment.
  • If these poems are part of a greater project, please include a line about that in your cover letter.  We look forward to reading your poetry.


  • Ten-minute play maximum (12 pages or less)
  • Submit .doc or .docx attachment.
  • Since this is print and not production, writers are encouraged to be as creative as they wish—with setting, characters, world, etc. Of course, plays are meant to be seen, but these will be read, so writers should not feel constricted by the small-cast, single-location-set hell of “producible work.”
  • Previously produced plays are welcome; we do not accept previously published plays.


  • Up to 3 pieces.
  • Media must not exceed 2MB.
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