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Riprap receives submissions from September 1st – December 1st. See below for genre-specific guidelines:


Flash Fiction

Now accepting flash fiction (sudden fiction, short shorts, miniatures, postcard fiction; call it as you will.) If it’s short ‘n sweet and we love it, we’ll publish it. Up to TWO stories per submission. A word count between 500-1,000 per story.

Short Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Only one story or essay submission is allowed per reading period. If more than one story or essay is submitted, only the first one sent will be considered. A word count in the 2,000-7,000 range is preferred. Longer pieces (10,000 words max) must be especially high quality.


Up to FOUR poems may be submitted. Do not exceed a combined total of 8 pages. (No single poem should be longer than 5 pages.)


Artwork must be original. No specific theme is required. Painting, illustration, photography, comic art, and even photographs of three-dimensional art will be considered (anything that looks good as a high-res JPEG). Up to THREE pieces may be submitted.


Rip Rap reads all submissions anonymously. Please do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript itself. Instead, include a cover letter with your name, address, email, the titles and genres of your submission, and a short bio (2-3 sentences).

Rip Rap does not accept previously published material. However, simultaneous submissions to other journals are allowed as long as Rip Rap is notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

Declinations and acceptances are sent in early Spring. Published writers will receive contributor copies as payment in May.

To submit electronically, include your cover letter in the body of the email and the manuscript as an attachment (Word document or PDF). Send all submissions to with the subject line “Submission – GENRE (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry or Artwork).”

To submit by mail or hand, include your cover letter as a separate page from your manuscript. Please include an email address (or a self-addressed, stamped envelope) so that Rip Rap may send notification.

Deliver to:

CSULB Department of English
Attn: RipRap
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-2403

(Manuscripts will not be returned.)