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Word Riot 774

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Word Riot publishes the forceful voices of up-and-coming writers and poets. We like edgy. We like challenging. We like unique voices. We accept submissions of experimental and literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
NONFICTION: We’re interested in reading both full-length personal essays and very short non-fiction pieces. Whatever the length or the subject matter, preference will be given to compelling stories strong in lyricism, wit, compassion, or daring. We are interested in book reviews of literary and experimental fiction and poetry. Our primary interest is in books from small, independent and university presses but we will accept reviews of books from large publishing houses. Similarly, we are primarily interested in interviews with authors and poets who publish with small, independent and university presses but we will accept interviews of authors and poets who are published by large houses.

Word RiotUnited States


G General 


Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms, including: Experimental poetry, Hybrid form.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary, Personal.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics, including: Literature/Books (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism, See guidelines), Memoir.

Types & Lengths

Interview Interviewno specific word count limits known
Review Reviewno specific word count limits known
Essay Essayup to 6,500 words
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative Nonfictionup to 6,500 words
Poem Poemno line limits known; 3 - 6 pieces
Flash Fiction Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 6,500 words
Novel Excerpt Novel Excerptup to 6,500 words

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 12 x per year
P Print PublicationUnknown publication frequency


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionN No monetary payment
N NonfictionN No monetary payment
P PoetryN No monetary payment

Submission Types

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No OKText format submissions
N Nonfiction OK No No OKText format submissions
P Poetry OK No No OKText format submissions

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Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.


Date Added:
12 Jan 2006
Last Updated:
30 Oct 2016