Santa Ana River Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submissions for the Spring/Summer 2020 Issue will remain open until May 1st. 

The Santa Ana River Review is the literary magazine of the University of California, Riverside’s MFA program. For our Spring/Summer 2020 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.   


Please include a brief bio, social media info, and an email address. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw if accepted elsewhere.

All rights revert to the author upon publication. Please credit SANTA ANA RIVER REVIEW in future publications.


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.

We seek literary nonfiction of all types, though we do not publish academic articles or traditional literary criticism.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. 

Please submit as a .pdf 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 in .doc, .docx, or .pdf 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. 


1 piece

Upload in high resolution or 300 dpi for scanning photography.

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