Whitefish Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The submission period is CLOSED for Rising Voices (#21)
Accepting submissions from Jan. 15 - April 2, 2017
Published Summer 2017.

Rising Voices will be lead edited by our poetry editor, Lowell Jaeger. Jaeger was recently featured on the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. http://writersalmanac.org/episodes/20170116/

What do you have to say that feels necessary to express? What message in a bottle would you cast out from the confines of your island to be heard on distant shores?

“There is all the difference in the world,” said the philosopher/writer John Dewey, “between having something to say and having to say something.”

The theme for this 21st issue of Whitefish Review comes from the inspiring example of high school writers from Browning High School in the heart of the Blackfeet Nation. These young authors have come together under the name of “Rising Voices,” and amid the tumult of difficult circumstances, they are discovering what it is they have to say, what messages of value they have for the rest of us.

Let’s follow their lead and search our souls for our most necessary and compelling expressions. Send us your stories, art work, photos, essays, and poems in which you felt your own far-reaching voice rising, in which you discovered you had something surprising, urgent, vital to say.


     → Art: Up to 10 pieces of art (all genres)
     → Photography: Up to 10 color photos AND/OR 10 black and white photos 
     → Fiction: 1 piece (under 5000 words) 
     → Non-fiction: 1 piece (under 5000 words) 
     → Poetry: 3 poems (in one document) 

We are very interested to hear from young writers (high school and below). 

Lowell Jaeger is the poetry editor for Whitefish Review. He is the founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from western states.  Lowell has taught writing classes at numerous conferences and workshops and is currently Professor of English/Creative Writing at Flathead Valley Community College (Kalispell, Montana), where he also serves as Humanities Division Chair.  He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. Lowell was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil civic discourse.  He is the author of seven collections of poems, the most recent of which is Or Maybe I Drift Off Alone (Shabda Press 2016).


Cover letter can be optional and just tell us what's on your mind.


Submit a brief bio consisting of a 2-3 sentence description of past published work, written in the 3rd person, and begin with your name. If you are selected for publication we will use this in our contributors' section. This helps us later, but we only judge you on the merit of your submitted work. We especially like discovering previously unpublished writers.

You can help us grow by ordering a back issue, a subscription, or donating to our fundraising campaign. Plus, by ordering and reading a copy you'll get a better sense for our aesthetic style and what we may be looking for in submissions.

NOTE: Whitefish Review prides itself on being accessible to the entire community of writers, artists and readers that we serve. Though our nonprofit organization has implemented a $3 administrative fee for writing and poetry submissions (there is no fee for art and photography submissions, as well as no charge for high school and below) to help offset web site and submission manager expenses, we still aspire to be as inclusive as possible. If the $3 administrative fee prohibits you from submitting your work, please email editor@whitefishreview.org with a brief explanation of your circumstance and we'll see what we can do to work together.