We are reading the submissions for PRJ4: Worksongs for the Apocalypse. Our submission window closed on 9/30. We’ll publish our print issue on December 1, 2016 and will start releasing accepted material in October.

In the late spring of 2017, we will release a new themed call and share it here for a fall 2017 PRJ5.

What we like

We are looking for work that keeps an eye trained on the horizon. Sentimental or violent work is not our style.  Scifi works for us if the spaceship launches from a cotton field somewhere miles from the nearest traffic light.

But, like you, we hope, we don’t really know if we will like it until we see it. So send it along.

We want to see poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art. We want the work to tug at our sense of all the lost forgotten places, the places that might be too fast or too slow for most people but not for us.

Thank you to everyone who trusted us with their work for our first three issues. The PRJ doesn’t exist without writers. We’re humbled at the response just three issues into this adventure.

We accept submissions through Submittable only. Please submit once per issue and wait until we respond before you send more work.

We are still reading for the second phase of Remaking Moby-DickGuidelines and submission details are available for this ongoing special project.

And, as usual, we are fee free.



We pay in copies.  This means yes, we offer the journal online and in *.pdf form and as a print journal available at Lulu.  Pea River Journal acquires first publication rights, after which rights revert to the artist.

We do not accept previously published work. We do, however, accept simultaneous submissions. We are writers, too. We understand how it goes. Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere before we have a chance to say yes (or other things).


About our submission review and notification process

  • We read every submission.  We receive so many submissions during our reading windows that we cannot respond with personal feedback/critique to every submission.
  • Everyone at Pea River votes on every submission. When a submission receives a strong yes, we read it again before accepting. We do send acceptances before we send rejections.
  • If a submission receives a strong no or a mixed (yes+no) vote, we hold onto it for a second read before deciding whether to decline the submission or advance the work to finalist status. If the work has made it to finalist status but still not been selected, we let you know in the decline email.


You can send any messages not related to submissions to We do not acknowledge submissions sent via email.

9 Responses to “submit”

  1. Ashby McGowan April 21, 2015 at 12:06 #

    Mr Ashby McGowan
    Flat 1 / 6, 12 Napiershall Street
    Glasgow G20 6HG
    Tel: 07906949769

    Would it be possible to place this short piece about multi-voice onto the website or blog? Or show the films?
    I would be glad to write a fuller article according to your specifications.
    Ashby McGowan

    CV2. A project I am involved with is multi-voice theatrical poetry. I have helped set up a multi-voice group in Glasgow, Chromatic Voices 2. There is an article about my multi-voice writing in the poetry mag, Infinity’s Kitchen. And there are various articles on the web by me about multi-voice. Just Google, “multi-voice poetry”. (e.g. )
    My multi-voice work has been featured on National Radio and performed at the Scottish Parliament. I have written for Amnesty, and for the United Nations (who said my poem was “beautiful”). I have performed as part of a multi-voice group at many Human Rights events and at many different Theatres.
    Multi-voice is a new and exciting poetry form which allows the performers to emphasise emotions and actions in the poem by means of precise vocal interactions. It can even be used to perform a poem in one language and provide the translation at the same time. It is not a gimmick.
    I am (honestly) trying to start up multi-voice groups around the World. Please contact me if you are interested. And please look at the film links.
    Ashby McGowan

    A recently filmed poem about Humanity, Equality, and Dignity.

    Chromatic Voices 2 Live at Seeds of Thought
    (performing, Poems Against War.)

    link to part 2

    I have a multi-voice website. Web address is:

    • Patricia April 21, 2015 at 14:47 #

      We’d love to hear more, Ashby. Might we continue the dialogue via email? (trish at peariverjournal dot com)

      Thank you for thinking of us. We do love multivoice.


      • multivoicepoetry May 31, 2016 at 07:24 #


        Please try out something new for your next human rights event: just give a credit to the author (me) and please do not use the poem as part of an event that exploits animals or humans. Then perform this poem to rapturous crowds. Then post to you tube.
        The words are on my multi-voice website:

        Examples: Two versions of this multi-voice poem are given very different interpretations by the two different acting and poetry groups below.

        Many Voices (a multi-voice poem)

        Author Ashby McGowan

        Performed by
        Kelsey Amelotte,
        Ainslie De Sousa,
        Jamie Lester,
        Zunaira Munir, and
        Manon van Mil

        Queen’s University, Faculty of Education
        Kingston, ON, Canada,

        Many Voices (a multi-voice poem)

        Produced by Rachel Jury (Artistic Director conFAB)
        Written by: Ashby McGowan
        Acting Director: Iwona Glowinska
        Film Director: Pete Hastie
        Ashby McGowan
        Berta Cussó
        Jessica Phillippi
        Miriam Sarah Doren
        Robert Przekwas

  2. Liz Ahl May 5, 2015 at 02:55 #

    “Worksongs for the Apocalypse.” That theme just SCORCHED MY EYEBROWS! I love it. So glad to see you up and running.

  3. multivoicepoetry March 9, 2017 at 03:19 #

    Whale Road Review has just published an article of mine about how to get Teachers and Pupils talking about human rights via multi-voice poetry:


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