The Rockford Review based in Rockford, Illinois is published twice a year in perfect-bound format of 100-plus pages. The summer edition is reserved for members who are entitled to guaranteed publication. The winter volume is open to submissions from both members and non-members, from which an editorial board selects prose and poetry for publication.
Summer-Fall Members’ Only issue — all members receive one complimentary copy
Winter-Spring issue — every member receives a copy, members published in the issue receive a second complimentary copy, and non-members published in the issue receive a complimentary copy
Several seasonal contests have been incorporated into the Guild’s mission to encourage members to start or to keep writing on a regular basis.
In 2020, we began offering a complimentary membership to the winner of the annual Colleen Holmbeck Poetry Prize at Rockford University. Also, an anonymous member gifted funds for a Rockford Review Youth Poetry Prize contest. The winning poems in the two age categories are included in the Summer-Fall issue. Another anonymous donor provides a gift membership to a Rockford University student each year.