Rockvale Review Publishes Only Poetry.
They have submission limits each month of their reading period. If they hit the limit before the end of the month, their submission portal will close until the beginning of the next month. Your best bet is to submit early in the month. This policy allows them to stay fee-free.
IMPORTANT – They read blind, so don’t put your name anywhere on your work or on the name of the file you attach. If they see a name, the submission will be disqualified and won’t be read. You can add a cover letter and a 100-word, 3rd-person bio in the appropriate section on the form if you wish, but they are more interested in the quality of the work you send now than in your past achievements. If your work is accepted, you will be contacted for your author’s bio.
ALSO IMPORTANT – Send 1-3 poems, no longer than 50 lines each, in a single document. Begin each poem on a new page. Submit only once per reading period. If your work is accepted, they ask that you wait a year before submitting again.
Please take a peek at their past issues before you submit. They are available for free under the Issues tab, so there’s no reason not to!
Don’t send song lyrics or greeting card verse, poems with explicit language, or poems that are overtly political, sexual, or discriminatory. It is unlikely that they will publish rhyming verse. It is unlikely that they will publish translations.
They like Times New Roman and 12-point font best, so if you want to make them happy, you’ll like that too. Also, they prefer .doc, .docx or PDF files.
Occasionally, they may ask for a minor edit in a poem they really believe in.
They only accept work via Submittable at the link below. Simultaneous submissions are perfectly OK, but please let them know if your work is accepted somewhere else by making a note in Submittable. Previously published work is not accepted.
They generally respond within 12 weeks.