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 column 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 Contest is open for submissions August 1 through October 31 every year. 

Here at River Teeth, we have been publishing great essays for the last 20 years. To celebrate, we are offering a 20% discount on all new subscriptions. When you subscribe, you will receive two issues (Fall and Spring) of our magazine each year. Please complete the following sections, and then choose the one-year or two-year subscription option. We will also throw in a free back issue as well, if you so wish. 

With times as strange and uncertain as they are, we find a good story comforting and enriching. Maybe that's why we need stories more than ever now: a way to make sense of things even when that seems impossible. So, we are offering you the option of one surprise back issue for $4 or two surprise issues for $8. Just let us know how many issues you would like, and we will send them to your nearest mailbox. Thanks and many wishes for good health and safety in during this pandemic.


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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Give the gift of River Teeth! If you would like to give a River Teeth gift subscription for one or two years, you can do so here. By subscribing, you will give 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.

River Teeth does not have a page length or word count limit. Please wait to submit another essay for consideration until a decision has been made on your first submission. Editors try to respond within six months but the review process sometimes takes longer. Thank you for sharing your work with us!

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Glimpses, glimmers, meditations, moments, reflections, refractions, interrupted shadows, river shimmers, darkened mirrors, keyholes, kaleidoscopes, earring hoops, slabs of cracked granite, cracks where the light gets in. Beautiful things.

Flash nonfiction submissions to the River Teeth weekly series, Beautiful Things, must be 250 words or fewer. Please note your word count in your cover letter and submit one beautiful thing at a time. 

River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative