Rubbertop Review is an annual literary journal edited by MFA candidates at The University of Akron. We are looking for excellent craftsmanship in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as lyric essays and flash fiction. 

General submission guidelines are as follows:

Submissions will be accepted for Issue 9 from November 1st, 2016 through March 1st, 2017. Issue 9 will be published both in print and online in the Fall of 2017. 

Our theme for Issue 9 is Writing the Body. How you interpret this theme is up to you, but broadly speaking, we are looking for work that engages with the physical self, the corporeality of existence, in some way.

All authors are able to submit one entry per genre (excluding poetry) and may not submit previously published work.

  • Up to 5 poems can be submitted per author.
  • Short Fiction and Creative Nonfiction are not to exceed 5,000 words. We encourage writers to send Flash Fiction and Lyric Essay, as well.
  • University of Akron students should identify themselves as such.

All questions and concerns may be addressed to Abi Bechtel, Editor-in-Chief: editor.rubbertop@gmail.com

Ends on March 1, 2017
Fiction submissions are not to exceed 5,000 words. We encourage writers to send flash fiction, as well.
Ends on March 1, 2017
Up to 5 poems can be submitted per writer.
Ends on March 1, 2017
Creative nonfiction submissions are not to exceed 5,000 words. We encourage writers to send lyric essays, as well.