Submit up to 6 poems. Please include your entire submission in one file, and be sure your name and contact information are included on the first page of the file.
All work should be uploaded through our submissions manager. Acceptable file formats include .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf. Please send one submission at a time, and wait for a response before you submit additional work.
We do not consider book-length works. Submitters are strongly encouraged to read the journal before submitting. Sample work from current and past issues is available on our website.
Hayden’s Ferry Review is open for general submissions. We
are looking for poetry and prose that challenges you as a writer which in turn,
will challenge us as readers. We encourage you to submit work that is
emotionally complex and rigorous lexically. Work that understands and seeks to
imbue language with all its breadth and power—that hurts to write and hurts to
read. Writing with imagery that builds and destroys, that cuts and heals, that
opens itself to us and swallow us whole. We want the writing that explores the emotional
and spiritual impact of participating in, witnessing, and/or being victimized
by actions and behaviors that violate human rights. Poets: give us your moral
injuries, give us your broken—that’s where the beauty is. Prose writers: find
the edges of narrative walls and dig tunnels, construct ladders, open the
imaginative doors. We want writing that takes risks because the content compels
it to do so, writing that writhes with its grittiness, writing with teeth. We
are especially interested in writing from underrepresented communities and
Send us the words no one ever wrote for you.