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


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

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


Kerouac’s Highway Gone Wrong. We are NOT interested in poems about Jack Kerouac, though he may be mentioned in poems. The spirit of this theme in travel, movement: a sense of ragged travel, breakdowns in the hunger for elsewhere: give us your urban and rural 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, trains and buses someone boarded by mistake or delusion; love that went wrong in some distant place, bad dates, bad weather, failed romance. And found along the way: taverns, bars, dives, roadhouses, moonshiners, diners, truckers, trains, runaways, a motel to redefine “seedy”, the shuttered factory, carnivals and traveling circuses, gas stations and their snacks and bathrooms; bad coffee, hitchhikers, mongrel dogs, feral hogs, failing farms and ghost towns, cemeteries without keepers, the cigarette and whisky-throttled voices, sleet and snow, dust storms and dust devils. As Proust wrote, imagination bears upon absent, distant places.


FOOTNOTE ON THE THEME: The description above does not mean that we only seek poems reflecting downcast or hopeless situations. Resolution and redemption may emerge in poems reflecting the theme; Cormac McCarthy's "Visions of unspeakable loveliness from a world lost" (Suttree).



July 1st to July 31st, 2021  Non-themed.


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." So if your poems extoll the virtues of veggie trays and Pilates, you'll need to find another place to send your work.

 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

NEWWe no longer consider previously published 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. 

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

No need for word or line count.

No ars poetica.

*   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.


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 black & white photography. Approximately 1 - 5 pieces. 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 conventional subscriptions since copies are available through


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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, 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 Amerika, Los Angeles Review, Louisville 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 latest collection of poetry 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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