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

What Would You Like On Your Mashed Potatoes?

Written by Tom Davis - I'd never even been close to a dead person before, much less ever seen somebody die. It happened ...read more

Revenge of Pluto

Written by Michael Landolfi - “Ground Control to Major Tom. Ground Control to Major Tom.”  “This is Major Tom. G ...read more

The Storms of Our Lives

Written by Phil Okrend - I've been thinking about storms lately. As Hurricane Joquin blew its way around the Southeast a ...read more

At the Intersection of Lord Ganesh and Nookie

Written by Matthew L. Pasulka - My father-in-law is a well-read and widely-traveled man. An Indian citizen by birth, V ...read more

The Mysterious Disappearance of Phyllis Rivers, Part Four

Written by RF Wilson - Detective Winston Fair was taken off of the investigation into the disappearance of Phyllis Rive ...read more

Jonesie and My Frenemy

Written by Kaitlin Hayes - Jonesie was abandoned twice before he found me. His first owner loved him, as far as I can te ...read more

The Ballad of the Bayo Family

Written by Eddie LeShure - Imagine meeting a family that included not only somebody who was kidnapped during a civil war ...read more

Nothing Personal

Written by RF Wilson – For our hair-raising Halloween holiday I'm re-posting Bob's great story. --- I couldn’t sleep ...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. 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.