Submission Guidelines

An Invitation to Join the Conversation

The Riverbank exists to engage, empower, and evolve alongside the flow of ideas about our changing planet. If you write, create, compose, choreograph, or otherwise express ideas about our home in flux, your original work could be featured in our quarterly online publication and we want to hear from you.


How do you want to tell your story?

Whether fictional, factual, or somewhere in between, your stories about conservation initiatives, losses of species and land, environmental sustainability, and climate change can take on a variety of forms. The Riverbank welcomes submissions in a variety of different media: writing, visual art, multimedia, and live performance.  

Written Submissions

Written Submissions can include, but are not limited to, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction (under 500 words), poetry, vignettes, reviews, literary journalistic works, interviews and opinion pieces. Our preferred piece length is under 2000 words, but we will consider longer works, as well. As MacEwan University already has a sustainability journal that publishes academic works, we will not be doing that here. 

Visual Arts & Multimedia Submissions

Visual arts submissions can include, but are not limited to, photography, drawing, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and installations. Such compositions will be accepted as digital submissions—captured through photographic or filmed representations.


Multimedia submissions can include, but are not limited to, short videos, slideshows, animations, and interactive content. 

How to Submit

The Riverbank accepts submissions through email at submissions@theriverbank.ca. All submissions must be accompanied by a 150–300 word contributor bio and a 150–300 word description of the work. If your piece is published, The Riverbank may use a portion or all of your bio and description for the website and other communications.


Acceptable formats for submission include .doc, .docx, and .rtf for written submissions; .jpeg for imagery submissions; .mp3 for audio submissions; .mp4 or .mov for video submissions. If you have questions about submission formats, please contact us by email at submissions@theriverbank.ca.

Selection Criteria

The editorial panel for The Riverbank will select featured works based on the following criteria:

  1. Adhere to the mission, values, and mandate of The Riverbank.
  2. Relevance to the topics of conservation initiatives, losses of species and land, environmental sustainability, or climate change.
  3. Social relevance of the work: Who does the composition speak to?  How does it contribute to the conversation about our world in flux?
  4. Quality of the work: Does the work reflect a standard of professionalism worthy of publication? Does the calibre of the work inspire engagement, reflection, or action by the receiving audience?

Selection Criteria

The editorial panel does not accept work that:

  1. Contains or references the work of others without proper citation and permissions.
  2. Promotes hate, injustice, or intolerance of any marginalized group.
  3. Contains any defamatory content against a specific individual.
  4. Would otherwise reflect poorly on The Riverbank or the creator of the work.
  5. Because the energy industry already has a prominent voice in our world, we will not be accepting any works that speak for or promote that industry here. 

What You Get

If your work is selected for publication, you will be promoted alongside your featured contribution on our website, and we will include a link to your own website to direct our readers toward your gallery, portfolio, or contact information. There is no monetary compensation for being featured in The Riverbank. 


We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know. We reserve the right of first publication, but moral rights stay with the author. 

Timeline

Submissions are accepted year-round, and multiple submissions from a single source are welcome. The Riverbank posts calls for submissions for themed issues, as well. See the table above for submission deadlines.