Written River

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Written River is a literary journal published by Hiraeth Press which focuses on poetry and non-fiction prose exploring nature and our relationship to it. Published quarterly in digital format, we strive to encourage the discipline of eco-poetics and return the voice of the poet to the body of the Earth. Eco-poetics is poetry in which the energy of the ecosystem flows through the poem, creating a written river of words which ebbs with the creativity of the entire Earth commun­ity. Written River marks the confluence of many streams and many voices as they flow back into the nourishing ground of the watershed.

Written River accepts unsolicited submissions. The theme of eco-poetics runs through each issue of our journal, though we define this broadly to include not only poetry but nonfiction essays as well. We are interested in essays and poems that focus on themes of conservation, rewilding, place-based narratives, natural history, and contemplative ecology. We prefer cross-genre pieces that are capable of wedding literary and scientific voices. We also accept work with a contemplative or spiritual theme, but require such pieces to display a strong environmental theme. We recommend that you review a couple recent back issues before submitting to ensure that your work is a good fit for the journal.

Written River is on hiatus for the foreseeable future. Please see our sister journal, The Wayfarer, as an alternative.