Thank you for you interest in Coal Hill Review. Please check out individual guidelines for each genre. We accept submissions all year long, and our response time is 1-3 months. 

If you have a question about the submission process, please feel free to email us at info@coalhillreview.com. 

Pittsburgh authors, feel free to submit poems, fiction, or creative nonfiction to us!  Our definition of Pittsburgh writer is simply that you live or have spent a significant time in the city. The pieces submitted do not need to be Pittsburgh themed.

Poetry

  • Send 3-5 poems for consideration (no more than 10 pages worth of work please)

Fiction

  • Send 1-2 short stories (2,500 words or less)
  • Send a stand-alone excerpt from a novel (2,500 words or less)
  • Send 2-3 flash pieces (each piece should be 600 words or less)

Creative Nonfiction

  • Send 1-2 essays (2,500 words or less)
  • Send a stand-alone excerpt from a memoir (2,500 words or less)
  • Send a micro-essays or flash pieces of CNF (each piece should be 600 words or less)
$3.00
$3.00

 

  • Send 3-5 poems for consideration (no more than 10 pages worth of work please)
$3.00
$3.00

 

  • Send 1-2 short stories (2,500 words or less)
  • Send a stand-alone excerpt from a novel (2,500 words or less)
  • Send 2-3 flash pieces (each piece should be 600 words or less)

 

  • Send 1-2 essays (2,500 words or less)
  • Send a stand-alone excerpt from a memoir (2,500 words or less)
  • Send a micro-essays or flash pieces of CNF (each piece should be 600 words or less)

 

  • Coal Hill Review exclusively publishes reviews of books published by independent and university presses;
  • Special consideration is given to reviews written about books by emerging authors, debut authors, authors and publishers with local ties to Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania in addition to books that have received little press coverage or overlooked by other review outlets;
  • Coal Hill Review publishes book reviews that are generally around 1,000 words, though we welcome all pitches and queries when different lengths are appropriate;
  • We seek critically balanced reviews that go beyond simple commendations or criticism and might address how the writer is navigating some challenges of writing contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Currently, we are particularly interested in reviews of the following titles and have review copies available to send to interested reviewers:

*indicates book written by a Pittsburgh author or published by a Pittsburgh press
**indicates book written by a CHR contributor

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