We encourage you to read Cold Mountain Review before submitting your work. Themed fall issues rotate with general spring issues, but all work is considered beneath our broad ecological — ecojustice 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. We do respond to work during the summer, but not predictably, so you’ll need to be patient. Our regular reading period is mid-August to mid-May. We do not accept previously published work, but simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere, and please withdraw your submission online.

Submit Electronically

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


Submit by Mail

If you prefer to submit by U.S. mail, please address all submissions appropriately; make sure to include a SASE.

Cold Mountain Review
Attn: Poetry/Nonfiction/Fiction/Art Submission
Department of English
ASU Box 32052
Boone, NC 28608-2052

We do not assume responsibility for the delay, loss, or damage of 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 on one side of the page. When submitting on-line, please use a Word document rather than a PDF.

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 on one side of the page. 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. If submitting by mail, Submissions should be double-spaced on one side of the page.

Visual Art

We are always interested in reviewing full-color art for CMR, as well as portfolios of photography. Submit image files (tiff, jpeg, pdf, png) on our Submittable site. All images should be saved at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher.