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

Spring Planting

Written by RF Wilson - When the snow began to melt on the no ...read more

Blue Topaz

Written by Celia Miles - (Mature theme) -  He pressed t ...read more

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail – Pre-Trail Life Lessons (Ouch)

And - Am I Really What I Eat? - Written by John Swart - F ...read more

Eggs Benedict in SE Asia and Life’s Other Simple Pleasures

Written by Jonathan Look -  When I seized early retireme ...read more

No Chevy

Written by Michael Landolfi -  “I ain’t gon ride in ...read more

Heart of the Matter

Written by Nancy Dillingham - (Mature theme) -  - I - ...read more


Enter to Win our Annual Poetry Contest

Enter Rapid River Magazine’s Annual Poetry Contest. 5 Winners! Prizes include: Tickets to local concerts; Tickets to the Opera, Mellow Mushroom Gift Certificates, and, books from Malaprops. Any unpublished poem, 35 lines or less is wanted. Deadline: May 31, 2015. Reading fee: $5 for three poems. The winning poems will be published online. For more information please call (828) 646-0071.

Send poems, along with a check, to: Rapid River Art Magazine
85 N. Main St., Canton, NC 28716

For more information please phone (828) 646-0071,
or write to: info@rapidrivermagazine.com

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Short Story Writers Wanted

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Attention Writers!

New web exclusive: Story Lines. I’ll give you the first line and you write your short story from there!

For March – “When the snow began to melt on the north side of the ridge that March, she/he knew she/he had to get busy.”

Deadline for submissions is the 20th of the month. Please review the submission guidelines. I look forward to reading your creations! ~ Kathleen

Short 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 copyeditor, 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 copyeditor available for a variety of literary projects. Visit her website: www.aptitudeforwords.com.