Tar River Poetry

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"A nationally ranked magazine of verse (the Dictionary of Literary Biography listed it as one of the top ten poetry magazines in the country), TRP publishes interviews, reviews, and poetry by emerging writers as well as Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners. "


Prose rejections


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Higher Tier

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Poetry rejections

Standard (2017)

Dear [Submitter], Thank you for sending us your poems. We read them carefully, but nothing in this batch felt quite right for us. Sorry to disappoint you, and best of luck with these elsewhere. —The Editors Tar River Poetry http://tarriverpoetry.com PS. Three things you might like to know about our editorial process: (1) We take just as much care with, and spend just as much time on, an Expedited Decision as we do a regular submission. In other words, though we decide quickly, we do not decide hastily. (2) If we decline your work, it is not in any way a reflection of the quality of your work. We do not decide whether a poem is bad or good—that’s not our job. Our job is to decide whether a poem is right for TRP. That’s all we do, and after you’ve read an issue or two, you may have more of a sense of what we publish. (3) We are currently reading hundreds of poems a week. Literally. During our most recent submission period (February 2017), we received 1,947 poems. We had space to accept only 42 -- a 2.1% acceptance rate. Since the competition here is so fierce, we encourage you to send your very best poems. . . . All this is just to say that we are glad to have had the chance to read your work and sorry that it wasn’t right for us at this time, and to shed a little light on our editorial process.

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