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

Hiking the PCT – Truckee, Sierra City and 1600 Miles!

Written by John Swart - From July 2014 - Heavy Truckin’ to Truckee July 4, 2014 I’m currently in tourist-go ...read more

Hiking the PCT – Miles, Smiles, Beauty, Beasts.

Written by John Swart - We’re picking back up on John’s adventures hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. - From June 201 ...read more

First on the Scene

Written by P.H. Fraser - I remember...  the day was idyllically bright...  early June...  flawless warmth of a fresh ...read more

Car 11

Written by Cameron Aviles - “When are we going home?” There was a long moment of silence in a barely lit train ...read more


Written by RF Wilson - Ice cubes swirled in the clear brown liquid. I lifted the glass, took a sip. I'd seen a lot in m ...read more

Borneo, Part Two

Written by Eddie LeShure - The is the second part of a three part series and was written in April 2003. Exchange rate: $ ...read more

Life in Attica … It Was a Riot! Part Two (Mature theme)

Written by Eddie LeShure - Part Two -  On Monday morning the 13th, Commissioner Oswald, weary and frustrated, deliver ...read more

Dead Time

Written by Dave Rowe - To pay the unreasonably high rent and put food on his bachelor table he's at it seven days a week ...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.

Kathleen Colburn is editor and curator of the section. She is assisted by RF Wilson. For questions and submissions, email rrshortstories@gmail.com.

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