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

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

The Mysterious Disappearance of Phyllis Rivers, Part Three

  Written by RF Wilson - A story in four parts - Detective Winston Fair is investigating the disappearance of  ...read more

Small Measure – It’s the Stuff That Dreams Are Made of

Written by Ashley English - I have a sweet tooth. I have never tried to hide this, nor have I ever felt any guilt or sh ...read more

It’ll Be All Right – Doncha Know

Written by Tom Davis - Uncle Bud didn’t move. The pool of blood around him grew larger with each heart beat. He wore ...read more

The Fruit of Service

Written by Eddie LeShure - While on a spiritual pilgrimage in Asia years back, Eddie found himself in Calcutta and decid ...read more

The Train Man

Written by Terry Ward - In Jacksonville, Florida where I grew up there was a man we called The Train Man. We would see ...read more

The Buttons

Written by Celia Miles - Holly twisted the thread connecting the purple button on her blazer cuff and kept twisting it, ...read more

Hiking the PCT – Breaking the 500 Mile Mark

Written by John Swart - From May 2014 - I'm in Tehachapi, California, a small community about 2 1/2 hours north-east of ...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.