River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative accepts creative nonfiction submissions to the journal September 1 through December 1 and January 1 through May 1.  Submissions to the Beautiful Things weekly online magazine are open during this same time period. We're grateful for the opportunity to read your best true stories, big and small. 

The River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize is open for submissions August 1 through October 31 every year. 

If you would like to subscribe to River Teeth for one or two years, you can do so here. By subscribing, you will receive two issues (fall and spring) of our magazine per year. Please complete the following sections, then choose the one-year or two-year subscription option.

If you would like to subscribe to River Teeth for one or two years, you can do so here. By subscribing, you will receive two issues (fall and spring) of our magazine per year. Please complete the following sections, then choose the one-year or two-year institutional subscription option.

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The River Teeth Book Prize is an annual contest for a book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. All manuscripts are screened by the co-editors of River Teeth, and this year's final decision will be made by guest judge and award-winning author Natasha Trethewey. The contest winner will receive $1,000 and publication by The University of New Mexico Press.

We encourage underrepresented voices to submit their work for consideration, including but not limited to: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled writers. With their submission fee, all U.S. entrants who supply a mailing address will receive a one-year subscription to River Teeth to begin in the spring.

Please read the guidelines carefully. Include a cover letter with contact information and a brief bio, but do not include a summary of your manuscript. The 2022 Book Prize Deadline is October 31st (submissions will close at midnight) and all entrants will be notified by mid-March 2023.

Thank you for submitting to River Teeth!

River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative