Submission Guidelines

· SPRING /FALL 2013 | VOLUME 9 | ISSUE 1 ·

Rougarou, an online literary journal.

Send your work via e-mail as a single MS Word .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment, directing it to the appropriate editor. No other file types can be accepted and submissions in such formats will receive no response.

Your name should appear as the subject line. The body of the e-mail can serve as the submission’s cover letter.

Don’t forget to include your contact information (name, e-mail, address, phone number) in both your cover letter and on the first page of your manuscript. We try our best to respond with a decision within four months, not counting our hiatus during the summer months. Please wait that long before querying the appropriate editor via e-mail. 

We read submissions August 15 through April 15; an submissions received outside that period will be deleted unread and will not receive a response. Please wait to hear back from us before sending another submission.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify the appropriate editor (the one to whom you have submitted your work) immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere (please do not send such notifications to our general or editor-in-chief email accounts). If we attempt to accept your work to find that it has been picked up by another journal, we will happily congratulate you, but will be unlikely to accept work from you again in the future.

We have no budget, so we can offer no monetary pay at this time, but we appreciate the opportunity to publish your work and to bring good writing to good readers at no cost.

All work is subject to editing. This mainly pertains to spelling and grammar. In the case of more subjective changes, authors will receive an electronic version of the final proof of their work for approval prior to publication.

If you have any questions or concerns about our journal, please feel free to contact us at


Please send 3 – 5 poems in a single document attached to your e-mail. We especially like free-verse poems with evocative imagery and lyricism. Prose poems are also welcome, as are avant-garde and experimental work especially.
Send poetry to


Please send one story or 3 – 5 flash pieces (of no more than 500 words each) in a single document attached to your e-mail. We are interested in emotionally resonant stories driven by a strong sense of narrative. Stories should be double spaced, with numbered pages and at least one-inch margins. Submitted stories should be no longer than 3,000 words. Send fiction to

Creative Nonfiction

Please send one essay in a single document attached to your e-mail. We are interested in various forms of creative nonfiction on a wide variety of topics. While we work from a broad definition of creative nonfiction and enjoy work that experiments with defining the genre, we also appreciate conventional approaches to fresh material. We do not accept scholarly work or nonfiction that is not grounded in some kind of narrative. Work should be no longer than 5,000 words. Send creative nonfiction to

Book Reviews

At this time, we are no longer accepting book reviews.