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 currently considering unsolicited book and chapbook manuscripts.


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


SPRR's representative poets include Naomi Shihab Nye, Ellen Bass, Joseph Millar, Jack Bedell, Alex Lemon, Marge Piercy, Afaa Michael Weaver, Tyree Daye, Larry D. Thomas, William Wright, Kevin Goodan, Nathalie Handal, Joe Wilkins, Red Shuttleworth, Gary Copeland Lilley,  Walt McDonald, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Cecilia Woloch, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Adrian C. Louis, Jessica Jacobs, Nickole Brown, Jack Ridl, William Trowbridge, Wendy Barker and Frank X. Gaspar.

We publish approximately 60 to 70 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:


July 1st to July 31st, 2020  Non-themed.

January 1st to January 31st, 2021 NOTE: We are also interested in international equivalents and takes on this theme:


Road Dog: Kerouac’s Highway Gone Wrong. Give us your grit: the highway noise, its heat and stench; the frontage road’s silence, Richard Hugo’s “far empty town”; skipping town, travel by any means gone awry involving lost dreams and breakdowns; love that went wrong in some distant place, bad dates, failed romance. And found along the way: taverns, bars, dives, brothels, roadhouses, moonshiners, diners, truckers, trains, a motel to redefine “seedy”, the shuttered factory, carnivals and travelling circuses, gas stations and their snacks and bathrooms, bad coffee, hitchhikers, mongrel dogs, feral hogs, failing farms and ghost towns, cemeteries without keepers, the cigarettes and whisky-throttled voices, sleet and snow, dust storms and dust devils.


Though not our only interest, we have a strong like for poetry of Place and the relationship between lives and landscapes. Most importantly, 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."

 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; they would be considered separate submissions.

*  We consider simultaneous submissions.

*  Please keep cover letters simple. Inscribe brief bio, and address (if you like) in the body of the email.

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

We consider previously published work on an individual, space-available basis. However, we are not likely to re-publish poems that appear online. Our prime interest is previously unpublished work.

We rarely comment on work we decline.

Submission windows close at midnight, Eastern Standard Time (US).




*  We consider all forms of poetry, including prose poems. As our page size is 5 ½  x 8 ½, lines may have to be adjusted to accommodate line length, though this is a rare requirement. If t required, we will notify the poet.

*  Send up to 3 poems in a SINGLE Word document. NO pdf. or .dat files. Nor do we use Google docs.

*   Third-person bio (if you send it first-person, and we accept your work, we'll have to edit your bio ourselves, and we may make a mistake doing so) Inscribe your bio in the body of the email.

*  Do not explain your poems.

*  We have no interest in work centered primarily on the world political scene.

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.




Check guidelines for themes during the January submission window. Only back & white photography. Approximately 1 - 5 pieces. We like Realism: photographs of urban and rural decay, or obsolescence, 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. They should not be under 250 KB, if at all possible (low-sized files may look grainy if published). 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 conventional subscriptions since copies are available through


You do not need a Facebook account to access our public Facebook page. This is where we broadcast updates, such as publication timing and when contributor copies are mailed out. Our Facebook page:


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, Baylor University Library 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. Publication credits include Arkansas Review, Atlanta Review, The Carolina QuarterlyColumbia College Literary Review, Copper Nickel, december magazine, Emerson Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Kestrel, GargoyleHotel AmerikaLouisville Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Permafrost, Poetry Ireland Review, South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry ReviewSouthwestern American LiteratureThe Stinging Fly and Texas Review. His latest collection of poems is The Shadow Field (Louisiana Literature 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 Columbia College Literary Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Chaffin Journal, december magazine, Fourth RiverGargoyle, The Los Angeles Review,  Nerve Cowboy, PermafrostPirene’s Fountain, Spoon River Poetry ReviewSuisun Valley Review,Third Wednesday, Chiron Review, War, Literature & the Arts, and other print and online journals in the US and overseas. Her forthcoming publication is Symmetry: earth and sky (Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2020) In addition to seven chapbooks, she is the author 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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