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Reservoir Road Literary Review

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction


Flash Nonfiction




Stories that examine the truth in the bitterness, in the anti-heroes. Heavy stories full of grit and discomfort that shed sympathetic light on the questionable, the unfavorable. Stories that ask difficult questions, that provide difficult answers.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    3 months*
    Editor reported data
    67 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
    Chill Subs tracker stats


Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 8000 words max

Max words: 8000

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: $ 5

We do not have a word limit, but anything pushing 8,000 words may become unwieldy. Please do not submit book excerpts. Please do not submit genre fiction.

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: $

We consider anything 1000 words or less (give or take) to be flash.


Payment: $

No specific limitations

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Payment: $

We accept lyrical flash pieces at 1000 words or less, give or take. Please do not submit essays or book reviews.


Max words: 500

Payment: $

For poetry, we accept poems with both fictional and nonfictional inspirations. We do not have a strict word limit, though we will not typically accept poems above 500 words. Please do not submit song lyrics.


Payment: $

Please do not submit collages, traditional portraits, headshots, or other typical photographs of people; bright, colorful shots; typical sunsets or sunrises; or birds over water

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Include a cover letter with a short third-person bio.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Include your title. Include your prose or poetry submission as a Word doc or PDF. For photography, send a private link or image attachment. Please do not submit work that is publicly available. Include the title of your story and, for prose, page numbers in your manuscript. For prose, format your manuscripts in double-spaced, 12-pt Times New Roman font.

  • Author's rights

    Upon acceptance, Reservoir Road Literary Review requests exclusive digital publication of your work for 90 days from the date of first publication. At that point, you may do with it what you wish, though we ask that you please cite the original publication. We also request indefinite nonexclusive rights so that we may keep your story in our digital archives.

  • Additional info

    Make you feel at home: cozy, meme-friendly, a sense of community, all that stuff Active on social media Pays! $5 Helpful: reposting other opportunities on their Twitter:)

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

67 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

3 days

Fastest response time

205 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 641 days, 697 days

Сhill Subs is able to provide internal statistics because you use our tracker! You're the best!

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    Editor Adrienne Marie Barrios avatar

    Adrienne Marie Barrios


    Editor Dorian Zimmerman avatar

    Dorian Zimmerman

    Editor-in-Chief, Poetry editor

    Editor Kavan Stafford avatar

    Kavan Stafford

    Flash fiction editor

    Editor Daniel DeRock avatar

    Daniel DeRock

    Fiction editor

    Editor Barlow Adams avatar

    Barlow Adams

    Creative nonfiction editor

    Editor Katie Proctor avatar

    Katie Proctor

    Social media manager