We accept both fiction and non-fiction. Prose should be double-spaced. There is no maximum or minimum word count, though we favor pieces under 25 pages. 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. We accept one story, essay, novel except, or memoir excerpt per author at any given time. All work should be uploaded through our submissions manager.
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 emerging writers.
Send us the words no one ever wrote for you.