We're working a bit more slowly than usual. To those of you with outstanding submissions, we appreciate your patience! 

The Schooner’s intention is to publish the best and most interesting 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 prefer to read simultaneous submissions, except in the case of contest submissions, and submissions must be received  between September 1 and May 1. We do not consider work that has been previously published anywhere, including online publications. We read as quickly as we can, but please allow 4 -5 months for a reply. (We know, we're a little behind, and we appreciate your patience!)

In principle, the 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  the Schooner before you submit. Sample copies are available below for just $9.00. There's never a fee to submit to our general reading period, and we're grateful for the support we receive through donations and orders.

Looking for the Prairie Schooner Raz-Shumaker 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 $3,000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. Read more: https://prairieschoonerbookprizeseries.submittable.com/submit

Looking for the African Poetry Book Fund's Sillerman First Book Prize? It's also entirely separate, and it opens September 15 to submissions of book-length manuscripts by African poets who have not yet published a full-length collection. Read more: https://africanpoetrybookfund.submittable.com/submit

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We're interested in reading imaginative essays of general interest. Scholarly
articles requiring footnote references should be submitted to journals of
literary scholarship.







Send one essay at a time. Essays should be double-spaced and formatted using a standard font.

Please note: we do not consider submissions simultaneously under consideration elsewhere.



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Send one story at a time. Stories should be double-spaced and formatted using a standard font. 

Please note: we do not consider submissions simultaneously under consideration elsewhere.





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Send a single document containing a selection of 5-7 poems. Poems may be single-spaced but should use a standard font. 

Please note: we do not consider submissions simultaneously under consideration elsewhere. If you need to withdraw a single poem from your submission, please withdraw the entire submission and resubmit with work that is available and not currently out elsewhere. 

We read book reviews year-round. 

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]



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Bundle up with our autumnal special

During the spookiest of seasons for the low, low price of $13 bucks, you’ll get one copy each of Summer 2019 and of Fall 2014. 

Fall 2014 features work by Pam Houston, Bruce Bond, George Looney, Alicia Ostriker, Joseph Millar, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Erin Hoover, Russell Thorburn, Yi-Fen Chou, Bryce Emley,, Sarah Robinson, Faisal Mohyuddin, Sandra Meek, Sarah Gelston, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Lisa Rosinsky, Gary Allen, Emily Schultz, Kenny Williams, Matthew DiPentima, Mary Morris. Tanya Muzumdar. Lynne Thompson, Sally Wen Mao, Nicholas Samaras, Joe Ahearn, Jennifer Richter, Dana Fitz Gale, Michael Bazzett, Susan Landgraf, Essy Stone, Erica Martz, and Rebecca Thomas.

Cover of Prairie Schooner issue 


Summer 2019 features work by John Kinsella, Jeanine Walker, Benjamin Keoseyan, Carol V. Davis, Jennifer Wong, L. A. Johnson, Rewa Zeinati, Susan Grimm, James Tate Hill, Hilary Dobel, Madison Jones, Juned Subhan, Eric Tran, Flower Conroy, Diana Wagman, Margo Berdeshevsky, Robert Franklin, Babette Cieskowski, Jeddie Sophronius, Lisa Mullenneaux, Natalie Storey, Teresa Dzieglewicz, Molly Spencer, Juan Alvarado Valdivia, Anita Gill, EJ Koh, James Valvis, Cam Rentsch, Michelle Patton, Kevin Phan, Phil Keller, Carl Boon, and Christina Lee.

Cover of Prairie Schooner journal 


Now in our 95th year of continuous publication, the Schooner seeks to publish the most interesting work in contemporary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews. 


A one-year subscription includes 4 issues of the journal and will begin with the next issue. Select a two- or three-year subscription for an even better rate!




Our Fall 2021 issue is jam-packed with poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews that will make you feel all the feelings. Inspired, devastated, amused, confused, curious, delighted, excited, melancholy, and more. Featuring work by Sharon Olds, Marilyn Hacker, Teresa Tristan, Parnaz Foroutan, Amanda Gomez, Diane Mehta, Rachele Salvini, Chisom Okafor, Clemonce Heard and many many more. 


Buy today. You will not regret it.

Now in our 95th 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, and buying a sample copy is a great way to grab a taste of what we're all about. 

If you're looking to buy a specific back issue, please indicate which one you want in the form. Otherwise, we'll just pick out one of our favorite recent issues and send it your way. 

PRAIRIE SCHOONER: fifteen letters, endless possibilities.

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Celebrate the wild variety of all that is Prairie Schooner with one of our supersoft new anagram tees, designed in-house and hand-screened at a local shop. 


Choose from a heather blue with harvest gold lettering or from heather gray with gold. Gildan brand "supersoft" T-shirts in unisex sizes. True to size, and our staff reports no noticeable shrinkage upon washing. 


T-shirts are $18, which includes shipping. Or better yet, buy a T-shirt and a one-year subscription of four issues (normally $28) for $35 and save $11. (If you're placing an international order, please select the "international shipping" add-on payment option to help offset the cost of shipping.) 


Sizes available: XS, S, XL, XXXL

We're sorry that we're sold out in a few sizes and colors. If you're looking to rock your PS pride in a different size, check out our 90th Anniversary Baseball T-shirt

Text reads: REPROACH IRONIES / ICIER HARPOONERS / A RICHER POISONER / SIREN OPERA CHOIR / PRAIRIE SCHOONER / A RIPE RHINOCEROS / CHAPERONE OR IRIS / A HEROIC PRISONER / CHEERIO AIR PERSON

PRAIRIE SCHOONER: Cheers to 90 more!


two male models in PS shirts 


To celebrate our 90th birthday, we designed these anniversary raglan tees with a throwback baseball script, hand-printed at a local shop. It's worth noting that most of us look much happier wearing them than these models do. 

Choose from a heather charcoal with black sleeves and red lettering or light heather gray with red sleeves and black lettering. American Apparel baseball T-shirts in unisex sizes. Super soft, true to size, and our staff reports no noticeable shrinkage upon washing.

T-shirts are $22, which includes shipping. (If you're placing an international order, please select the "international shipping" add-on payment option to help offset the cost of shipping.) 

Please select your size from the available sizes below. 

Sizes available: XS, S , M , XL 

We're sorry that we're sold out in a few sizes and colors. If you're looking to rock your PS pride in a different size, check out our brand new Anagrams shirt design!




Our readers' loyal support and enthusiasm for what we do is why we're able to keep producing one of the oldest literary magazines in the country. 

Consider making a donation to support our ongoing mission to bring great work from around the world out into the world. 

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