CultureCult Press invites fiction submissions for publication in its anthology of stories about Rivers “THE RIVER IN US ALL” (Expected release: July 2023). The extended final date for submission is May 31, 2023

Rivers are beautiful things. They can harbour sinister legends, gift beautiful stories and feed us at night with a generous supply of fishes too! At their worst, they can be monstrous and wash away both life and property!Feel free to use any of the following writing prompts or use one of your own!

– Two things have kept her away from her hometown. Her abusive father, and the river she loved which had turned monstrous one stormy monsoon and claimed her best friend. After all these years, she decides to return.

– A group of friends are lost on their way to the cabin in the woods. It’s night, and they camp out by a river, which holds a dark secret that is set to end all of their lives by dawn!

– An interstellar scientist working on the mythical cure to ageing, stumbles upon a river in a distant planet, whose water seems to flow backwards. He begins to believe that the river is the key to his success.
– In a magical world, a river flows through the center of the land, connecting different kingdoms and providing life-giving water to all. An evil sorcerer animates a mountain and compels it to block the river. Everyone is scared, but a young heroine decides to fight back.
– A small town by a river is plagued by a series of strange disappearances. The curious church organist must navigate the murky waters of the river and the murkier secrets of the townspeople to solve the mystery.
– The river was dying. The reasons were too many – natural, economic, political.. Even as his fishing business got decimated bit by bit, he began to discover the presence of a strange river full of fishes, inside his own body..

PLEASE NOTE that this is an anthology with a THEME. ONLY those fictions that feature a river in a prominent capacity, shall be considered for publication. Stories of all genres are invited


Short Story: (between 1500-8000 words) Send no more than TWO short stories per submission.Flash Fiction: (between 50-1500 words) Send no more than THREE flash fictions per submission.

We are accepting TRANSLATED WORKS as well. Submission of translated works must be accompanied by a statement declaring that the translator has obtained the author’s permission and their publisher’s, if required.

Simultaneous Submissions are welcome but the author must inform us by e-mail as soon as the submitted piece is accepted elsewhere. Pieces cannot be withdrawn once CultureCult informs the author of its acceptance for publication.

We consider reprints but generally do not publish them unless they are absolutely exceptional.

At present, we are unable to pay our contributors. Each contributor shall receive a COMPLIMENTARY DIGITAL COPY of the anthology as soon as it publishes.

Manuscripts should directly be sent to

Please submit your files in the following formats: .doc /.docx /.txt. DO NOT submit PDFs.

CultureCult Press and its imprints use non exclusive rights to publish in its anthologies and website. Authors are free to republish their work anywhere else once it has been published.

Please submit only original pieces. CultureCult Press or the editor/s of the anthology shall not be responsible for any disputes arising out of copyright infringement.

Each piece MUST be attached with a short bio of the author, preferably within 50-100 words.

We typically reply within a month after the final date of submissions. Majority of the sales proceeds from all CultureCult publications go towards the care and welfare of street animals in Kolkata, India