Prairie Schooner’s intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. We publish short stories, poems, interviews, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry and fiction. Scholarly articles requiring footnote references should be submitted to journals of literary scholarship.
We do not read simultaneous submissions, and submissions must be received between September 1 and May 1. We do not consider work that has been previously published anywhere, including web publications. Please allow 3-4 months for a reply.
We encourage you to read Prairie Schooner before you submit. Sample copies are available for $6.00 in our store.
We look forward to reading your work!
If you have a completed short-story or poetry collection, consider entering our Book Prize Contest, open annually from January 15 to March 15: https://prairieschoonerbookprizeseries.submittable.com/submit
In your submission be sure to include: Your name, a short bio, name of the author, name of the book, name of the publisher, year the book was published.
Ends on 8/1/2015
Our annual summer nonfiction contest is open to all types of creative nonfiction essays up to 5,000 words. The
entry fee is $18 and includes a one-year subscription to Prairie Schooner.
judge, Rigoberto Gonzalez, will name a winner and finalist.The winner will receive $250 and publication in our Spring 2016 issue.
Entries will consist of three parts: essay manuscript, a cover letter, and the entry fee. In the cover letter, include the submission's title and your contact information. Your name and contact info should not appear anywhere within the manuscript itself (double-check headers and footers!). Each submission must be accompanied by the $18.00 fee, which includes a one-year subscription. Multiple submissions are welcome and encouraged, but a separate entry fee must be paid for each submission. (Multiple submitters: we'll just extend your subscription by another year, or, if you prefer, we can send one of the included subscriptions as a gift to a friend if you add a note requesting it.)