Word Riot 784


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.
NON-FICTION: 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

Genres, Styles & Subjects

 Styles:Experimental, Literary.
 Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms, including: Experimental poetry, Hybrid form.
 Subjects:Open to all/most Subjects, including: Books/Literature, Memoir/Personal.

Types & Lengths

IInterviewup to 4000 words
VReviewup to 4000 words
YEssayup to 6500 words
ZNarrative Non-Fictionup to 6500 words
PPoemno line limits known; up to 6 pieces
FFlash Fictionup to 1000 words
SShort Story1000 - 6500 words
ENovel Excerptup to 6500 words

Media & Publication Frequency

PPrint PublicationUnknown publication frequency
EElectronic PublicationPublished 12 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
FShort fictionN No monetary payment.
NShort non-fictionN No monetary payment.
PPoetryN No monetary payment.

Submission Types

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
FFiction OK No No OK
NNon-Fiction OK No No OK
PPoetry OK No No OK

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Date Added:
12 Jan 2006
Last Updated:
29 Jan 2015
Last Checked:
25 Mar 2015