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

The Benefits of Sociology for Understanding the World

Written by João Cerqueira - Choosing the Sociology course was the best decision of my life. It was only then that I be ...read more

Hiking the PCT – Adios Oregon. Washington. 68 More Miles.

Written by John Swart - From September 2014 - Adios, My Dear Friend Oregon - September 1, 2014 -  Happy Labor ...read more

A  Dissident’s  Perspective

Written by P.H. Fraser - I lived in Denmark as a war expatriate for about five years, from 1969 to 1974.  When I flew o ...read more

Working the Walk

Written by Dave Rowe - Hello readers, I’m Tommy Wilkens and what I do is sit on a bench on the Atlantic City boardwal ...read more

Beyond the Window Pane

Written by Kira Yates - Summer nights in Louisiana are the only reason that folks are willing to tolerate the insuffera ...read more

Super Can Dance

Written by L.B. Sedlacek - From the list of dos and don’ts of a garbage collector:  Watch everything at all times. ...read more

That Awful German Language

Written by Eddie LeShure - This story was written in July 2002 after living and working in Germany for two years. &nb ...read more

Oh, God!

Written by RF Wilson - The phone rang. They looked at each other. After the second ring, he got up. The name of the call ...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.