Blue Horse Press

& San Pedro River Review

Welcome to Blue Horse Press, 2016 Wrangler Award-winner. We publish occasional books and chapbooks, as well as San Pedro River Review, a biannual perfect-bound journal of poetry and art. Founded in 2008, SPRR is named for the river that flows north from the mountains of Sonora, Mexico, into Arizona. 






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                Blue Horse Press poetry book and chapbook publications are found here:



            We only publish POETRY, and are not considering unsolicited book and chapbook manuscripts.


 For SPRR, we consider submissions during two submission periods: January and July See general and specific     guidelines below


  Our representative poets include Naomi Shihab Nye, Ellen Bass, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Joseph Millar, Jack Bedell,

  Marge Piercy, Alex Lemon, Afaa Michael Weaver, Tyree Daye, Joe Wilkins, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Larry D. Thomas,

  Nathalie Handal, Jack Ridl, Adrian C. Louis, Jessica Jacobs, Nickole Brown, Gary Copeland Lilley, Wendy Barker, Walt                  McDonald, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, and Frank X. Gaspar.

  We publish approximately 60 to 90 poems and multiple pieces of art per issue. In size, we are 5 ½  x 8 ½ .

  Here is our current issue.  Previous issues may be viewed toward the bottom of the page:















                                            DO NOT SUBMIT OUTSIDE THE FOLLOWING TWO SUBMISSION WINDOWS.

                                        WE DO NOT HOLD OR ACCEPT WORK FOR  FUTURE ISSUES:

   January 1st to January 31st, 2022 Theme: PLACE. Sometimes referred to as landscape or regionalist            work. We seek a strong sense of Place that is integral to the poem’s existence, even when it simply means    a room or a house, or the locale is not specifically identified. We don’t want inventories or mere                        geographical descriptions, but “geography wedded to its people,” as CD Wright put it. Sometimes this              means painful identities, a marginality with what one identifies as "home" — potential dispossession. In          sum, we seek poetic realization through human relations with place, home, landscape, or region. We like        the concept of the flâneur and the fugueur wandering cityscapes alone. Workplaces also fall under this          theme. Within the scope of Place, we will also consider environmental poems if they are not overtly                preachy, or agenda-driven.

   July 1st to July 31st, 2022  UNTHEMED


    We seek an economy of language with a keen focus on voice and image. We like a touch of Lorca's duende that loves ledges      and wounds, Kant's "crooked timber of humanity." 

*  Email your submission to: sprreview [at symbol  ] gmail. com

 ONLY ONE SUBMISSION PER SUBMISSION PERIOD. The exception would be when poems are submitted in one email,

    and art in another (see Art guidelines below). However, except by invitation, we do not consider poems paired with art, if            accepting the poem must include the art it is paired with.

*  We consider simultaneous submissions.

*  Please keep cover letters simple. Inscribe a brief THIRD-PERSON BIO IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL, and your address (if you        like). Outside of your standard bio, there's no need to include extra information or excessive publication credits or links —          we simply don't have the time to check them out.

No previously published work.

We rarely comment on work we decline.

Submission windows close precisely at midnight, Eastern Standard Time.




*  We consider all forms of poetry, including prose poems. However, prose poems may not extend in length beyond half a               single page on a standard sized sheet of paper.

*  Send up to 3 poems in a SINGLE Word document -- do not inscribe them in the body of your email. NO pdf. or .dat files.           Nor do we use Google docs.

*  Do not explain your poems.

*  We are not interested in gratuitous sexual or violent scenes meant to shock or be clever.

 We are no longer interested in poems whose primary thrust or focus is covid/pandemic. But oblique references are fine.

*   We have ZERO interest in work centered primarily on the world political scene.

 No be-boppy Beat pastiche.

  No need for word or line count.

*   No ars poetica.


All work must be in English, excluding, of course, the case where a non-English word or term is intrinsic to the poem. Non-English poems may be submitted if accompanied by their English translation.




 Only black & white photography. Approximately 1 - 5 pieces. Check to see if the window you're submitting for has a theme. We like Realism: photographs of urban and rural decay, or obsolescence, wayworn scenes, solitary individuals -- especially with a sense of isolation about them, and night scenes, though we don't limit ourselves to those areas when considering art. Straight-up nature shots won't likely interest us. Submit as separate files in a single email. Submissions must be sent as graphics files (jpeg, tiff). Please try to limit each file to no more than 7-8 MB, high-resolution, preferably 300 dpi; if not, we can increase resolution as needed. We are not interested in art that is solely generated by computer, though computer-enhanced or post-processed art / photography is fine.



By submitting to us you grant us permission, if we select your work, to publish it. No separate author's consent form or proof will be sent out.


All work must be that of the submitter.


Payment is one contributor copy.


San Pedro River Review acquires first serial rights to accepted pieces, except for work published previously in other publications. Copyright reverts to the author after publication.


We no longer offer subscriptions. Copies are available on


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San Pedro River Review is indexed in the University of Wisconsin - Madison Special Collections Little Magazine Unit, the collections at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, University at Buffalo, and the library at Texas State University. We are a member of The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses [CLMP].




Jeffrey Alfier is 2018 winner of the Angela Consolo Manckiewick Poetry Prize, from Lummox Press. In 2014 he won the Kithara Book Prize, judged by Dennis Maloney. He was a finalist for the Missouri Laureate Prize in 2021. Publication credits include Arkansas Review, Atlanta Review, The Carolina QuarterlyColumbia College Literary Review, Copper Nickel, Emerson Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Kestrel, GargoyleHotel Amerika, Los Angeles Review, Louisville Review, The Midwest Quarterly, New York Quarterly, Permafrost, Poetry Ireland Review, South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry ReviewSouthwestern American Literature, and Texas Review. His latest collection of poems is The Shadow Field (Louisiana Literature Journal & Press, 2020). He is also author of Gone This Long: Southern Poems, The Wolf Yearling, Idyll for a Vanishing River, Fugue for a Desert Mountain, Anthem for Pacific Avenue: California PoemsSouthbound Express to Bayhead: New Jersey Poems, The Red Stag at Carrbridge: Scotland Poems, Bleak Music: A Photo and poetry collaboration with poet Larry D. ThomasThe Storm Petrel: Poems of Ireland and The Color of Forgiveness  -- co-authored with fellow editor Tobi Alfier.


Tobi Alfier is a multiple Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee. Her poems have appeared in Arkansas ReviewColumbia College Literary Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Chaffin Journal, Fourth RiverGargoyle, KGB Bar Lit MagazineThe Los Angeles Review,  Nerve Cowboy, PermafrostSpoon River Poetry ReviewSuisun Valley ReviewChiron Review, War, Literature & the Arts, and other print and online journals in the US and overseas. In addition to seven chapbooks, she is the author of  Grit & Grace (The Orchard Street Press, 2021), Symmetry: earth and sky was published by Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2020), Slices of Alice & Other Character Studies, published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library, Down Anstruther Way, a collection of Scotland poems, published by FutureCycle Press, Somewhere, Anywhere, Doesn't Matter Where, published by Kelsay Books, Romance and RustLapses & Absences, The Coincidence of Castles, a chapbook of Ireland poems (Glass Lyre Press), and co-author of The Color of Forgiveness (Mojave River Press and Review), a full-length collaboration with Jeffrey Alfier, which includes poetry and photographs.

Truly imaginative writing can bring us back to the living presence of the grass, to the fields that feed us, to the cities we live in and the nature of the men and women among whom we live.


       — Phillip Levine



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