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What We Want

Poetry:   We have a strong bias toward formal/metrical poetry. However, our interpretation of form ranges from the traditional to the experimental. We prefer poems that have NOT been previously published.

Prose: The Raintown Review sees the publication of critical prose as an essential component of a literary journal's mission. We are always interested in literary criticism and interviews with major poets. Please query before sending critical articles. While reviews are commissioned, we are always on the lookout for talented reviewers. Please query with samples of reviews if you are interested in reviewing for us.

Submission Guidelines:

Please Note: Acceptance is for an upcoming issue, but not necessarily the next issue.

  • Please submit 3-5 poems in the body of an email to Quincy Lehr, Editor, at
  • We accept simultaneous submissions so long as we are notified immediately if a poem is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work unless we have personally solicited it.
  • We accept translations. Please supply the original foreign language text if available.
  • Please query the editor via email at regarding submission of prose as described above. Please include the first paragraph or two in the body of the email.
  • The editors make every effort to ensure that each submission receives a fair evaluation. To that end, we ask that you allow 10-12 weeks for a response.
  • We request that potential contributors send us no more than two submissions in a six-month period
  • Payment is one copy of the issue in which your work appears. (Subscribers will receive an additional copy.) Contributors may purchase additional copies for $7 each. Send payment to Central Ave Press (see address below).
  • The Raintown Review acquires first rights for publication. Upon publication, rights revert to the author. The Raintown Review reserves the right to nominate published work for awards or recognition.
  • John Oelfke
    Publisher, Central Ave Press
    Central Ave Press
    5390 Fallriver Row Court
    Columbia, MD 20144