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.

In principle, Prairie Schooner has no objections to the use of pseudonyms, but we require disclosure of their use to the editor before publication.


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!


Looking for the 2016 Prairie Schooner Book Prize Contest? For the sake of confidentiality, it's totally separate from normal submissions. Now accepting poetry and short fiction collections. The fee to submit is $25, and the prize is $3k and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. Submit online before March 15: https://prairieschoonerbookprizeseries.submittable.com/submit



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