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 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 reading period is from mid-August to September 15th for the Fall Special Issue, the theme for which is announced when the submission period opens, and from mid-January to February 15th for the Spring Issue. 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 encourage you to 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 CMR, 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 at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher.