We read unsolicited manuscripts during our open submissions period, which runs from September 1 to May 1.
Prairie Schooner’s intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. Since 1926, we have printed the work of Eudora Welty, Octavio Paz, Tennessee Williams, Weldon Kees, Joyce Carol Oates, Rita Dove, Richard Russo, Reynolds Price, Julia Alvarez, Sharon Olds, and Cornelius Eady, plus scores of others.
Prairie Schooner publishes short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. All submissions should be typed, and all prose should be double-spaced. Use standard fonts and formatting, including margins of at least one inch, and include your name on each page of the manuscript. We do not consider work that has been previously published anywhere, including online publications, and we do not read simultaneous submissions.
For poetry, send a selection of 5-7 poems contained within a single document. For fiction, essays, and reviews, send only one selection at a time (though book reviews may consider two or three books in conversation). All unsolicited manuscripts must be submitted through Submittable or regular mail in hard copy; e-mailed manuscripts will not be read. Please allow 3-4 months for a reply.
We prefer electronic submissions via Submittable. Click here to submit.
Hard copy submissions should follow the above guidelines, and should be printed single-sided. A self-addressed, stamped envelope, must accompany the submission, which may be sent to the attention of the editor at:
123 Andrews Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0334
Anuual Prairie Schooner Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest:
Each year from May 1 to August 1, Prairie Schooner accepts submissions to the Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest, open to all types of creative nonfiction essays, up to 5,000 words. The entry fee is $18 and gets you a one-year subscription to Prairie Schooner. Winner receives $250 and publication in the following Spring issue. Entries include a cover letter with the submission's title and your contact information, your name and contact info shouldn't appear anywhere on the manuscript, and, finally, multiple submissions are encouraged, but an entry fee must be paid for each submission. A guest judge will name a winner and finalist.
Prairie Schooner Book Prize Contest:
For information on submitting a book-length manuscript to our Book Series competition, please click here.