Fall 2014 Themed Issue: WOMEN AND NATURE
In honor of the 35th year since the publication of Susan Griffin’s eco-feminist classic Woman and Nature: the Roaring Inside Her, The Fourth River announces a 2014 themed issue on Women and Nature. We are looking for poetry and creative nonfiction, written by women, inspired by the natural world or addressing environmental concerns. Although we will accept lined poems and traditional essays, we are most interested in seeing prose poetry or lyric essays.
In the words of Adrienne Rich, who reviewed Griffin’s book, we are looking for any work that “demands of us activity, not passivity; which enlarges our sense of female presence in the world; . . . which uses language and sensual imagery to impart a new vision of reality, from a woman-centered location; . . . which expands our sense of the connections among us in the bonds of history; . . . which drives us wild, that is, helps us break out from tameness and repetition into new trajectories of our own.” — Adrienne Rich, New Woman’s Times Feminist Review.
Submission period is May 15-Dec 15. All submissions should come through our Submittable page. We will also be accepting material for a general issue so please make sure that you identify your submission as for the “Women and Nature” issue.
How to Submit (General Submissions)
The Fourth River welcomes submissions that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild. We are looking for writing that is richly situated at the confluence of place, space and identity—or that reflects upon or makes use of landscape and place in new ways.
Recent authors we’ve published include Tina May Hall, Michael Byers, Ander Monson, W.E. Butts, and BK Loren. Contributors to The Fourth River have received Pushcart Prizes, NEA Fellowships, and The Drue Heinz Literature Prize. The Fourth River’s contributors have been published in Glimmer Train, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Travel Writing.
The Fourth River accepts unpublished poetry, literary short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Please send up to seven poems or 7,000 words of prose at a time. We prefer to receive submissions through Submittable, and all submissions will be considered for print or online publication.
Submission Period: August 15 – December 1
Reading Period: September 1 – February 1
Effective June 24, 2013: The Fourth River will ONLY accept submissions via our Submittable page.
For more information, contact us at 4thriver[at]gmail[dot]com. Please note that we do not accept submissions via email. Accepted authors receive two contributor’s copies of the journal.