All currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students of SIUE are eligible to submit work.


No more than four total pieces of art and/or written work should be submitted. You need to submit each piece separately.


Please limit individual prose pieces to under 6,000 words.


Please limit audio and video submission to 15 minutes or less.


The River Bluff Review accepts submissions of:

  • Poetry

  • Prose (fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction – including excerpts from longer pieces), short plays; graphic narratives

  • Visual Art: photography, drawings, paintings, and photographic representations of art in other media

  • Other Media: short videos, animation, original music (15 minutes maximum)


Works must not have previously published in print or online journals. (Material appearing on personal websites and social media is acceptable; if that’s the case, please include a link.)


If you’re interested in submitting work that doesn’t fall into one of these categories, send us a query at and we’ll get back to you.


File formats: 

  • Please send text-only submissions in Word format.

  • Graphic files should be sent as JPEGs.

  • Other media should be sent as MP3 or MP4 files.


Required Information: 

  • Name

  • SIUE email address (to confirm student status)

  • phone number

  • title of the piece

  • word count (for fiction & nonfiction only)


NOTE:  The author’s/artist's name should not appear on any of the pieces submitted. All submissions are reviewed blind by editors.

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