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The Roanoke Rambler

Literary Magazine






We are a local, investigative and literary newsletter based in Roanoke, Virginia. Our mission is to enlighten members of the community with vibrant, local journalism that exposes wrongdoings, uncovers societal ills and holds the powerful accountable.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    1-2 months*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:

Pays$25-$100 per piece

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 - 2500 words max

Max words: 2500

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: $ 100 per piece

Nonfiction - 2500 words max

Max words: 2500

Payment: $ 100 per piece


Payment: $ 25 per piece

At least 4 poems.


Payment: $ 50 per piece

No specific limitations

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    We accept and publish a broad range of original fiction, essays and poetry, with a preference for works written by those who live in the Roanoke area or broader region, to include Virginia, Appalachia and the American South.

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We require writers to sign a contract that acknowledges that accepted work is original; that The Rambler is granted first rights of publication; that the work cannot be republished before a period of six (6) months after publication in The Rambler; that The Rambler may archive the work on its website; and that The Rambler is granted nonexclusive anthology rights.

  • Additional info

    We are initially focused on bringing you news and stories about local government and politics; the environment and climate crisis; and racial and social justice issues. Works written by those who live in the Roanoke area or broader region (to include Virginia, Appalachia and the American South) preferred

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Total submissions tracked

65 days

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*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 28 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

67 days

12-month average response time

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    Henri Gendreau