As of May 1, we're currently closed to general submissions, taking our annual break on accepting new submissions to catch up on reading the excellent work we've already received for submissions. That gives you until September 1 to pick up a copy of Prairie Schooner and ready your own work for submission. We look forward to reading your work next fall!

OR -- Enter our Summer 2016 Creative Nonfiction Contest, judged by Kiese Laymon, open now through August 1! Full details are below.


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 below for just $6.00, or order in our store.


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

$ 28.00 - 60.00
$ 28.00 - 60.00
Now in our 90th year of continuous publication, Prairie Schooner seeks to publish the best in contemporary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews. 

A one-year subscription includes 4 issues of the journal. Select a two- or three-year subscription for an even better rate!



$ 9.00 - 13.00
$ 9.00 - 13.00
Now in our 90th year of continuous publication, Prairie Schooner seeks to publish the best in contemporary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews. 

Volume 90, Issue 1 includes poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews from:

Laura Elizabeth Woollett / Marilyn Hacker / Rigoberto Gonzalez / Achy Obejas / Annie Finch / Wendy Barker / Margaret Randall / Ron Paul Salutsky / David Crouse / Lynne Knight / Claire Schwartz / Ephraim Scott Sommers / Emily Vizzo / Jay Merrill / Michael Fulop / Joannie Stangeland / Karen Craigo / Paul Martin / Julie Henson / Bernard Matambo / Sarah Giragosian / Kerry Cullen / Nicholas Samaras / Angie Macri / Robert Newman / Michael Fessler / Todd Fredson / Kira Taylor / Joseph Bathanti / Shruti Swamy / Elise Juska / Brian Patrick Heston / Jennifer J. Pruiett-Selby / Karen Munro / Jaime Brunton / Catherine Thomas / P.E. Garcia / and cover art by Trudie Teijink


$ 6.00 - 10.00
Now in our 90th year of continuous publication, Prairie Schooner seeks to publish the best in contemporary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews. 

We've got years of great issues full of excellent writing, whether you want that one essay by your favorite writer in print or just want a taste of what we're all about. 

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--we aim to publish a range of reviewers on a range of authors in each issue--and in reviews of authors' first books or recent translations. Books should be no more than eighteen months old by the time of publication (note that with our publication cycle, we are often reading to fill issues for two-three seasons from the time of submission). Reviews may consider a single book or take up two or three books together.

No previously published work, please. 

If you'd like to pitch us before writing the review, you're welcome to do so through this form, but please note that even if the pitch interests us, we can't offer publication until we've seen the full review.

Formatting: 

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]