2River charges a submission fee only when we have maxed out our number of free monthly submissions. This happens occasionally toward the end of a reading period when many of you are wanting to submit by the deadline.

2River does not solicit funds, apply for grants, etc. Consequently, we are unable to pay authors for poems accepted.

Please include all poems in a single file, and submit no more than once during any reading period.

If accepted, 2River will claim First Electronic Rights and First North American Rights, meaning that publication here at 2River must be the first publication to feature the work online and/or in print.

2River is now accepting submissions for the 27.3 (Spring 2023)  issue of The 2River View.


  • Submit no more than five poems.
  • Include all five poems in one document, with each poem beginning on a new page.
  • Include a bio of 50 words or less.
  • If accepted, be prepared to submit a recording of you reading your poems.


For 26 years, 2River did not charge a reading fee. Due to the substantial costs of maintaining the journal, 2River is now charging a minimal fee of $3.00.