Annual Book Contest

Cold Mountain Press will publish one winning manuscript in prose and one winning manuscript in poetry each year. Submissions will be accepted from June 1 to July 31 annually. 

Each year we accept a full length unpublished manuscript of prose. In even years we will accept fiction entries. In odd years we will accept creative nonfiction. Submissions should be double spaced and include a brief author bio.

Each year will accept a full length unpublished manuscript of poetry. Chapbook length submissions are discouraged. Submissions should be double spaced and include a brief author bio.

Regular Submissions to the Annual Online Issue

We encourage you to read Cold Mountain Review before submitting your work. Themed issues rotate with general issues, but all work is considered beneath our broad eco- and social-justice umbrella.

Because of the number of submissions we receive, we ask that you refrain from submitting to us more than once a year, unless solicited by the editors. 

Our regular open Submittable period is generally in October/November. If there is a theme, it will be announced on Submittable as well as our social media platforms. We average 4-6 weeks response time. Please do not send a query about your piece before that period has lapsed.

We do not accept previously published work, but simultaneous submissions are acceptable. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please immediately withdraw your submission online.

Submit Electronically

We request that you submit electronically through Submittable, which
is the fastest, easiest way for us to manage your submission:


We do not assume responsibility for the delay, loss, or damage of mailed submissions.
Thank you for your interest in Cold Mountain Review. We look forward to reading your work!


Submit up to five poems for review. Poems should be single-spaced and submitted as a Word document.

Creative Nonfiction

We welcome submissions in all sub-genres of creative nonfiction (essay, memoir, narrative journalism, etc.), but please do not submit more than one piece at a time. Submissions should be double-spaced and in a Word document. Creative Nonfiction manuscripts should be under 6,000 words.


Interviews should be submitted as edited transcripts. Please indicate in your cover letter where and when the interview took place, and the circumstances that led to the interview. Interviews should be no more than eight double-spaced pages in length.


Cold Mountain Review is pleased to review high quality short stories of 6,000 words and under. We will consider novel excerpts if the submission is an exemplary stand-alone piece. Submissions should be double-spaced and in a Word document.

Visual Art

We are always interested in reviewing full-color art for the CMR cover, as well as portfolios of photographs, print art, or fine art images. Submit image files (tiff, jpeg, pdf, png) only. All images should be saved with the title of the work as the filename at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher.