Up the River publishes poetry, art, and photography.

Up the River does not accept work that has been previously published.

Please, no multiple submissions. Send only one submission per reading period.


Upcoming Deadlines

Issue 10 – 2022 – Submissions will open in January 2022.



Up the River is interested in publishing poetry from both emerging and established poets. We love poetry. We are looking for work that excites us and inspires us, work that makes us laugh or cry or sigh. While we appreciate the value of greeting cards and diaries, please don’t send us anything that might have come from either. Instead, send us your best 3-5 poems (.doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf). We look forward to reading them!


Photography/Black & White Artwork

We love art and photography, too. No subject or style limitations. Do not send originals — email .jpg, or .pdf files to Each copy should have the artist’s name, address, phone number and email address. You will be contacted to supply high-resolution digital formats if the artwork is accepted for publication. Color submissions are accepted but must be transferrable to black & white.


Rights & Rules

All rights revert to the authors upon publication. Though authors do retain all rights to their work, we request the right to post anything we publish (in -part or full) on the Albany Poets website, on our website, and our associated facebook and twitter accounts, before and after print publication, and so we would require non-exclusive electronic permissions.


Response Time

Response times vary, but we can generally make a decision within 4-6 weeks. If you haven’t heard back from us in two months, feel free to query by email, as submissions have been known to get lost in the mail, and more often in cyberspace.

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