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

Mastering Flow – Knee Deep – in the Stream

Written by Ronya Banks - The “Mastering Flow” series (fl ...read more

Small Measure – Have Peach, Will Churn

Written by Ashley English - About this time last year, as my ...read more

Amos’s Wild Second Thought

Written by Anne Raustol - Moments before, Amos was in the jo ...read more

Mindfulness: If Not Now, When?

See below for Larry’s four week program - Mind-Body Stress ...read more

Eat That Okra; It’s Good For You

Written by Tom Davis - Mama said she could just die. Daddy s ...read more

Life Part 2 – Eating Guinea Pig in Peru

Written by Jonathan Look - From November 21, 2014 - I have a ...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 Any unpublished poem, 35 lines or less is wanted.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.