Rapid River Arts & Culture Magazine is the largest and oldest arts publication in Western North Carolina. Founded in March of 1997, we are highly recognized for our journalistic approach to the fine and performing arts here in the mountains. Each month we profile both well-established and new artists. Our columnists deal with dining, health, studios, performances, local shops, crafts, poetry and book reviews. Check us out each month for details on booksignings, art openings, fundraising events, concerts, and movies in the Asheville, NC area.

For a listing of current events visit the What to Do Guide!


Featured Short Stories

Viennas Ohio-Style (a memoir)

Written by Dave Rowe - Well, it's 5:45 in the evening and I'm at - where I always seem to be at – the supermarket.  ...read more

The Mysterious Disappearance of Phyllis Rivers, Part Two

Written by RF Wilson - What secrets will Detective Fair discover about the "haunted" house on Pressley's Branch? Will P ...read more

Mind and Body – Flow

Written by Ronya Banks - So as you can see, I am still on the Mind-Body and“Flow” rampage. There’s just so much h ...read more

Best Restaurant in Bali

Written by Jonathan Look - From May 2, 2014 - Ubud, Bail, Indonesia is a town rich with great restaurants. The island ...read more

Death At Sea

Written by Terry Ward - His brother died when the ship sank. He never saw him while the lifeboats were being loaded, eve ...read more

Answering the Master

Written by Landolfi - (Mature Theme) - This piece was written to mimic the style Mary Shelley used in writing "Frankenst ...read more

Adventures in Northern Iraq

Written by Tom Davis - In 1996 I had the opportunity to command a Joint Special Operations Task Force ( JOTF).  The JS ...read more

Flash Fiction Contest

Announcing the first ever Rapid River Magazine Flash Fiction contest! Writers! Paint a picture, tell a story, with 50 ...read more


Short Story Writers Wanted

Small PencilShort Story Writers Wanted

Rapid River Magazine is looking for writers to contribute to the online edition’s short story section. We’re accepting submissions of a variety of works including flash fiction, articles, travel journals and short stories in more than 20 genres.

Writers are encouraged to submit works that have been properly edited. All submissions will be reviewed for appropriateness and quality. If editing is required, the writer has the option of working with the section editor.
 Please review the Submission Guidelines.

Rapid River Magazine’s copy editor, Kathleen Colburn, is editor and curator of the section. Please contact her with questions and submissions by email to rrshortstories@gmail.com.

Kathleen is a freelance copy editor available for a variety of literary projects.