Ends on $15.00 - 20.00
$15.00 - 20.00

$15 contest entry fee, and you'll receive the Summer 2020 issue containing the winning stories

$20 reading fee, and you'll receive a one-year subscription, starting with the Summer 2020 issue
 

  • Please submit up to three stories. Submit each story in a separate file (the system will allow you to upload up to three files with each submission.)
  • 500 words maximum per story
  • Winner(s) will be published in River Styx 104
  • All stories will be considered for publication
  • Previously published stories, including those that have appeared on web sites, blogs, social media, and personal home pages, are not eligible
  • $1,500 and publication for first-place story. Publication (including $75 publication payment) second and third place.


  • THIS PAGE IS FOR FICTION ONLY. 
  • Work submitted to River Styx must be previously unpublished in print or online.
  • Please include a word count in your cover letter.
  • If your work is fewer than 500 words, feel free to send up to three pieces.
  • We will read simultaneous submissions, but ask that you inform us of such and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Expect three to five months for a decision. Please do not query us or send another manuscript until five months have passed. 

 

  • THIS PAGE IS FOR NONFICTION ONLY. 
  • Work submitted to River Styx must be previously unpublished in print or online.
  • Please include a word count in your cover letter.
  • If your work is fewer than 500 words, feel free to send up to three pieces.
  • We will read simultaneous submissions, but ask that you inform us of such and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Expect three to five months for a decision. Please do not query us or send another manuscript until five months have passed. 

 

  • THIS PAGE IS FOR POETRY ONLY. 
  • Work submitted to River Styx must be previously unpublished in print or online.
  • Please include a cover letter with a brief bio.
  • Send up to five poems per submission.
  • Translations are welcome if permission has been granted from owner of copyright.
  • We will read simultaneous submissions, but ask that you inform us of such and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Expect three to five months for a decision. Please do not query us or send another manuscript until five months have passed.

 

This form is for all art submissions. Such works may include paintings, photographs (including high-quality photos of 3-D or mixed-media work), prints, digital illustrations, graphic short stories, and so on. 

  • Cover art is a single color image for the front with either a related image or cropped portion of the cover image printed on the back. You can see examples of our previous covers here.
  • Inside art is a spread of approximately 4-8 pages of black-and-white images. The cover art and inside art are most often from different artists but may be from the same person depending on how a series lends itself.  
  • For our inside art spread, we prefer to publish 4-8 pieces that work together as a series (whether you originally created them with that intent or not). Please submit up to 12 images; we like having more to choose from than we ultimately will publish. 
  • If submitting a graphic short story, please submit only one at a time.
  • Work submitted to River Styx must be previously unpublished in print. By submitting it, you assert that you hold all publication rights and permissions for the images.
  • We will consider work that is currently under consideration elsewhere but ask that you inform us of such and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Expect three to five months for a decision.

 

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