We publish books and an online journal dedicated to writing that breaks free from the confines of mainstream realism to surprise, delight, and challenge readers.
Send us work that is not easily classifiable in form or content, work that is fearless and surprising, that jumps off cliffs and soars. Send us writing that is literary in its attention to language without being stuffy or safe. If your prose reads like poetry, there’s sur- in your realism, or your work otherwise does not fit neatly into any of the usual boxes, then we’d like to see it.
We are NOT looking for work that is primarily aimed at a genre audience (e.g. high fantasy, hard science fiction, horror, romance, erotica). However, if, for example, your work would be rejected by an SF/F editor because the style is too experimental, or rejected by a literary editor because the protagonist is a sentient asteroid, then it is what we are looking for.
To get a feel for the range of writing that interests us, check out the anthology Writing That Risks: New Work from Beyond the Mainstream.
Calls for Submissions
All submissions are handled through our Submittable portal. We do not accept submissions via email or snail mail.
* Rivet: The Journal of Writing That Risks -- Submissions now OPEN
Rivet is the new online literary magazine from Red Bridge Press. Rivet showcases established and emerging authors whose writing takes risks with form, content, or both; revels in the unexpected; and rewards with imagination and insight. We seek fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that bend genres and expectations to offer new perspectives on the everyday. Read the guidelines at rivetjournal.com/guidelines.
* Books -- Currently closed.
We publish new book-length works of literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including novels and collections of short pieces. Sign up for our email newsletter, and we'll let you know when the next reading period opens and how to submit your work.
* Anthology -- Writing That Risks: New Work from Beyond the Mainstream -- Published
Get your copy of Writing That Risks: New Work from Beyond the Mainstream.
Complete anthology guidelines archived for your reference.
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Authors we like to read
when we’re not reading you:
Junot Díaz, Karen Russell, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, Haruki Murakami, Anne Carson, Italo Calvino, Rikki Du Cornet, J.G. Ballard, Bruno Schulz, Richard Brautigan, Ursula K. Le Guin, David Mitchell, Angela Carter, and the experimental works of Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood.