Red River Review started in 1999 as an experiment in web publishing. In internet years, it was the 1950’s compared to today. At the time, poetry on the web was mostly self-published or non- juried sites where anyone could post their poetry and consider it published. My aim was to prove that a juried literary journal could publish on a consistent schedule and maintain a respectable level of literary merit.
Thirty-four issues were published between 1999 and 2007. On average nearly 600 poems were submitted each quarter. And each year we nominated poets for the Pushcart Prize.
By the time I ceased publication in 2007, there were a multitude of journals publishing on the web. The respectability and acceptance of web publishing had grown and I’m proud that Red River was a part of that.
In 2010 my friend and fellow poet, Michelle Hartman convinced me to bring back Red River Review. She is a skilled editor and my role is now focused solely on the technology and publishing aspects of the project.
Statement of Purpose
Our purpose has always been to publish well-crafted poetry using the best electronic means available. Our highest priority is the quality of writing. We will also post companion media pieces such as artwork, video the published poem being read by the author and other mixed media items that the editors agree are relevant. Again, our highest priority is the written word. Everything else is secondary.
Red River Review is an online literary journal. Its main purpose has always been to publish well-crafted poetry using the best electronic means available.
Our Philosophy / Guidelines:
The editorial philosophy is simple: It is the duty of the writer to accurately chronicle our times and to reflect honestly on how these events affect us. Poetry which strikes a truth, which artfully conveys the human condition is most likely to be selected. Vulgarity and coarseness are part of our daily life, and are thus valid. Life isn’t always pretty. However vulgarity and coarseness, just for the sake of the exercise, doesn’t generally benefit anyone.Red River Review is open to all styles of writing. Abstract, beat, confessional, free verse, synthetic, formal — we will publish just about anything that has the authenticity and realism we’re seeking. With this said, however, rhymed poetry of any nature is rarely accepted.
We publish on the second month of each quarter. Our issues are presented in February, May, August, and November of any given year. The deadlines for submissions are as follows:
February Issue – Submit by December 31st
May Issue – Submit by March 31st
August Issue – Submit by June 30th
November Issue – Submit by September 30th
The editor responds to email inquires sent to Info@redriverreview.com, however, due to problems with attachment versions and virus issues, emailed submissions will not be accepted. We accept submissions only through our web site page. Please feel free to use this link Submissions or the “Submissions” link on our issue pages to send us your work. As we are an electronic literary journal, we do not accept submissions sent through postal mail.
The editor often comments on the poems that are submitted and may suggest revisions or expansions of the work. These are only suggestions and are not meant to bind any one writer to conforming to our stylistic desires. We are all writers working in the craft. Many times by conversing about the poetic elements employed by the poet we can see where the strengths and the weaknesses lie in the work and move ourselves and the poem forward.
We do not accept previously published work or simultaneous submissions. Red River Review seeks first rights to publication and anthology rights for a possible Red River Review anthology. All other rights revert to the author. Any poem republished out of Red River Review should be properly cited. Please be aware that your poems are archived in our back issues. We cannot take them down on request as then it would not be archives but simply poems left behind.
Please read the journal before submitting.
Editor & Publisher: Bob McCranie is the Publisher and current Editor of Red River Review, and one of the founding members of the Dallas Poets Community. Bob is the former editor of both The Dallas Review and the UT-Dallas student journal, Sojourn. In January of 1994 Bob received his Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College where he studied under Mark Doty and the late Lynda Hull. He has published poetry in New Texas 2002 , Bay Windows and the anthology “New Dudes – Gents, Badboys, and Barbarians II” (Windstorm Creative Press) . He has previously published work in A&U -America’s AIDS Magazine, RFD, Bay Windows, MindPurge, Nightfire, Contexas, the University of Southwestern Louisiana Chapbook, PIF Magazine, CleanSheets and The James White Review. Bob won the 1992 John Z. Bennett Award for Poetry from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and was a finalist in the 2002 Inkwell Press poetry prize.