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.
Reviews may consider a single book or take up two or three books together. We seek engaging reviews that articulate in a clear voice ideas of craft but also of literary context and/or place the work in our socio-political present. We appreciate reviews that begin by establishing a context the work can be understood within, and we appreciate when the reviewer can step out of the way so that the review is dominated by a discussion of the book, and not a discussion of opinions and impressions--though we do, ultimately, want to see some kind of judgement. We are particularly interested in reviews of books that can fairly be called diverse and in reviews of authors' first books or recent translations.
Reviews should be no longer than 1,000 words, double-spaced, and formatted using a standard font.
Please include the following information at the top of the review:
[Writer's Name]. [Title of book being reviewed]. [Press Name].
Reviewed by [Reviewer's Name]