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Good River Review

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  • About this Magazine:

    Good River Review is the literary journal of the School of Creative and Professional Writing at Spalding University. We publish two issues a year. Between issues, we regularly feature book reviews, interviews, essays on the practice of writing, and other important literary news.

  • Editor(s): Kathleen Driskell, Ellyn Lichvar
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Submission/Subscription Information:

  • Format: Online
  • Genres: Cross-Genre, Drama, Fiction, Interviews, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reviews, Screenplay
  • Simultaneous Submissions: yes (with notice)
  • Postal Submissions: no
  • Email Submissions: no
  • Online Submissions: yes (via Submittable)
  • Reading Period: year-round
  • Response Time: 4 months
  • Payment: no
  • ISSN: 2694-071X
  • Founded: 2021
  • Issues Per Year: 2

Publisher’s description: Good River Review is a home for writing that launches quickly, speaks to the universal through the particular, and is layered with meaning. We also love work that doesn’t fit neatly into genre categories. Our editors are attracted to writing that blurs boundaries, and so contributors will find their work published under the headings of prose, lyric, and drama. In addition, we will publish the most compelling writing for children and young adults that we can find. The editors of GRR work in collaboration with Spalding School of Writing graduate students who serve in an editorial capacity.

We are located in the river city of Louisville, Kentucky, which owes its location to geographical happenstance. Before a canal was built in 1830, boats traveling the Ohio River had to stop here and portage around a series of shallow rapids, and at this enforced stopping point, a town sprang up. The Ohio takes its name from a Seneca word meaning good river. We named our journal accordingly, and we acknowledge that we are located on the occupied land of several nations including the Shawnee, Osage, Cherokee, Adena, Miami, Kaskaskia and Hopewell People. This interactive map from Native Land provides more information about these and other indigenous cultures.