Written by Ella Peary June 4th, 2020

RHINO: Now Seeking Submissions

RHINO is a respected and established print and online journal. While they primarily publish poetry, they also accept flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and translations, although at the time of publishing this article, they are only open to poetry, they will re-open to everything else on the first of July. RHINO aims to redefine the boundaries of form and feeling, and at the same time, connect meaningfully with readers. They publish both emerging and established authors from around the world. And, since every submission is read by multiple editors, their aesthetic preferences are eclectic. You can get a sense of what they’re looking for by reading RHINO online.

RHINO is published once a year in print, and all poems published in the print journal are also published online. They hold one open reading period per year, from April 15th through July 31st. They only accept a limited number of submissions each month. After they reach their limit for the month, they close submissions until the 1st of the following month. So if you find that submissions are closed during the open reading period, check back.

Poets may submit three to five poems. All poetry submissions are automatically considered for the Editor’s Prize. Authors of flash fiction or flash nonfiction may submit three to fives flashes, 500 words or fewer each. All submissions (poetry and prose) should be no more than five pages. 

RHINO accepts well-crafted, original poetry in all forms and styles. Their preferences are broad: “We appreciate work that is deeply engaged with lived experience, uses language lovingly and surprisingly, and feels explicitly daring or quietly powerful.”

RHINO primarily accepts submissions online; that’s their preference. But they also accept submissions by post. They do not accept submissions via email. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors note which pieces have been submitted elsewhere and withdraw any work that’s published before it’s accepted at RHINO. They do not accept previously published work.

If you would like to learn more or submit to RHINO, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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