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River Styx Magazine

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction


Flash Nonfiction




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River Styx cultivates contemporary literary arts in St. Louis and beyond through its magazine and community programs. Since 1975.


  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    5 months*
    Editor reported data
    57 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:
    1% *
    Editor reported data
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  • Work acquired through solicitation: 5%

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  • 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

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    yes, copies + subscription

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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


Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 0.05 per word

Read up-to-date writer's guidelines here: https://www.riverstyx.org/pages/submissions

Fiction - 1500 words max

Max words: 1500

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 0.05 per word

Stories of 1500 words or fewer may be sent in groups of up to three.

Nonfiction - 3000 words max

Max words: 3000

Sub Genres: , ,

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 0.05 per word

Essays of 500 words or fewer may be sent in groups of up to three.

Nonfiction - 500 words max

Max words: 500

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: , ,

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 0.05 per word

Essays of 500 words or fewer may be sent in groups of up to three.


Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 50 per page


Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 0.05 per word

We accept translations. Please include all pertinent information regarding the project and confirm that you have permission to print the work.


Max pieces: 1

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 5

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Tell us a bit about the work you're submitting and anything about yourself that you believe to be relevant. We read all cover letters and bios!

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Double-spaced and page-numbered. We ask for a Word document (.doc, .docx) and a PDF, especially for poetry.

  • Author's rights

    We purchase First Serial Rights. Once the work has been published in River Styx, the author retains the copyright and the authority to reprint the work elsewhere. We only ask that you credit River Styx magazine with first publication.

  • Additional info

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

57 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

7 days

Fastest response time

144 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 2096 days, 1667 days

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Submission calls

    The Castro Prize 2025 (River Styx Contest)


    Deadline: Sep 30, 2024

    For details about our contest in fiction & poetry, visit our website and click on "Submit."

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    Online Submissions Period 2

    Sep 1, 2024 - Dec 31, 2024

    We accept submissions for online publication during two separate reading periods: March-June and August-J

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We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Whereas many literary magazines are affiliated with a university (and thus receives financial support from the university), River Styx is an independent publisher supported by small grants, in-kind donations, and sales of the print magazine. River Styx pub...

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    Editor Deborah Taffa avatar

    Deborah Taffa


    Editor Bryan Castille avatar

    Bryan Castille

    Managing Editor

    Editor Christa Fraser avatar

    Christa Fraser

    Fiction & Multimedia Editor

    Editor Danielle Wheeler & Micah Bateman avatar

    Danielle Wheeler & Micah Bateman

    Poetry Editors

    Editor Carla Crujido avatar

    Carla Crujido

    Deputy Editor

    Editor Kaia Lyons avatar

    Kaia Lyons

    Plays Editor

    Editor Claire Walla avatar

    Claire Walla

    Nonfiction Editor