Long has Akron, Ohio held the reputation for resilience, owner of a certain scrappy, can-do kind of attitude its residents refer to with pride as a place that eats the weak. The Rubbertop Review, the literary journal of the University of Akron, embodies this same spirit of the city it calls home. Our journal is looking for work that speaks to the hard times, the rough scratches left behind, picking each piece of gravel off your body, grain by grain. We want your stories of grit and grind, how the wound healed after the scrape, and the mark it left behind. Here belong both your victories and defeats, where we acknowledge that each scar tells our stories. We accept short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and greyscale visual art representative of these themes. We also accept interviews with authors creating relevant work and reviews and critical essays on works related to our theme.

General Submission Guidelines:

  • We accept only first rights to publication
  • We do accept simultaneous submission, please withdraw pieces that have been accepted elsewhere
  • Please note if you have any connections to Ohio or Akron

Long has Akron, Ohio held the reputation for resilience, owner of a certain scrappy, can-do kind of attitude its residents refer to with pride as a place that eats the weak. The Rubbertop Review, the literary journal of the University of Akron, embodies this same spirit of the city it calls home. Our journal is looking for work that speaks to the hard times, the rough scratches left behind, picking each piece of gravel off your body, grain by grain. We want your stories of grit and grind, how the wound healed after the scrape and the mark it left behind. Here belong both your victories and defeats, where we acknowledge that each scar tells our stories. We accept short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and greyscale visual art representative of these themes. We also accept interviews with authors creating relevant work and reviews and critical essays on works related to our theme.

General Submission Guidlines:

  • We accept only first rights to publication
  • We do accept simultaneous submission, please withdraw pieces that have been accepted elsewhere
  • Please note if you have any connections to Ohio or Akron

Genre Specific Guidelines:

  • We are partial to printing works of flash or very short fiction (2,000 words or less) but are open to stories up to 5,000 words for consideration
  • We love experimental work, feel free to submit hybrid forms

Long has Akron, Ohio held the reputation for resilience, owner of a certain scrappy, can-do kind of attitude its residents refer to with pride as a place that eats the weak. The Rubbertop Review, the literary journal of the University of Akron, embodies this same spirit of the city it calls home. Our journal is looking for work that speaks to the hard times, the rough scratches left behind, picking each piece of gravel off your body, grain by grain. We want your stories of grit and grind, how the wound healed after the scrape and the mark it left behind. Here belong both your victories and defeats, where we acknowledge that each scar tells our stories. We accept short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and greyscale visual art representative of these themes. We also accept interviews with authors creating relevant work and reviews and critical essays on works related to our theme.

General Submission Guidlines:

  • We accept only first rights to publication
  • We do accept simultaneous submission, please withdraw pieces that have been accepted elsewhere
  • Please note if you have any connections to Ohio or Akron

Genre Specific Guidelines

  • Submit up to five poems for consideration
  • We love experimental work, feel free to submit hybrid forms - we will do our best to accomodate any specific formatting but make no guarantees to perfectly duplicate experimental formatting

Long has Akron, Ohio held the reputation for resilience, owner of a certain scrappy, can-do kind of attitude its residents refer to with pride as a place that eats the weak. The Rubbertop Review, the literary journal of the University of Akron, embodies this same spirit of the city it calls home. Our journal is looking for work that speaks to the hard times, the rough scratches left behind, picking each piece of gravel off your body, grain by grain. We want your stories of grit and grind, how the wound healed after the scrape and the mark it left behind. Here belong both your victories and defeats, where we acknowledge that each scar tells our stories. We accept short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and greyscale visual art representative of these themes. We also accept interviews with authors creating relevant work and reviews and critical essays on works related to our theme.

General Submission Guidlines:

  • We accept only first rights to publication
  • We do accept simultaneous submission, please withdraw pieces that have been accepted elsewhere
  • Please note if you have any connections to Ohio or Akron

Genre Specific Guidelines:

  • We are partial to printing works of nonfiction 2,000 words or less, but are open to stories up to 5,000 words for consideration
  • We love experimental work, feel free to submit hybrid forms

Long has Akron, Ohio held the reputation for resilience, owner of a certain scrappy, can-do kind of attitude its residents refer to with pride as a place that eats the weak. The Rubbertop Review, the literary journal of the University of Akron, embodies this same spirit of the city it calls home. Our journal is looking for work that speaks to the hard times, the rough scratches left behind, picking each piece of gravel off your body, grain by grain. We want your stories of grit and grind, how the wound healed after the scrape and the mark it left behind. Here belong both your victories and defeats, where we acknowledge that each scar tells our stories. We accept short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and greyscale visual art representative of these themes. We also accept interviews with authors creating relevant work and reviews and critical essays on works related to our theme.

General Submission Guidelines:

  • We accept only first rights to publication
  • We do accept simultaneous submission, please withdraw pieces that have been accepted elsewhere
  • Please note if you have any connections to Ohio or Akron

Genre Specific Guidelines

  • Submit up to 5 pieces for consideration
  • Greyscale work only please, no color

Long has Akron, Ohio held the reputation for resilience, owner of a certain scrappy, can-do kind of attitude its residents refer to with pride as a place that eats the weak. The Rubbertop Review, the literary journal of the University of Akron, embodies this same spirit of the city it calls home. Our journal is looking for work that speaks to the hard times, the rough scratches left behind, picking each piece of gravel off your body, grain by grain. We want your stories of grit and grind, how the wound healed after the scrape and the mark it left behind. Here belong both your victories and defeats, where we acknowledge that each scar tells our stories. We accept short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and greyscale visual art representative of these themes. We also accept interviews with authors creating relevant work and reviews and critical essays on works related to our theme.

General Submission Guidelines:

  • We accept only first rights to publication
  • We do accept simultaneous submission, please withdraw pieces that have been accepted elsewhere
  • Please note if you have any connections to Ohio or Akron

Genre Specific Guidelines

  • Please keep submissions under 5,000 words
  • We love experimental work, feel free to submit hybrid forms
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