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Since 1926, our journal has supported established and emerging writers from around the world. We are proud of the journal’s breadth of voice and vision. At once international and regional, the Schooner is varied in its sensibility, consistent in offering compelling literature. The Schooner has presented work by Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel laureates, National Endowment for the Arts recipients, and MacArthur and Guggenheim fellows. Work first published in the Schooner has been reprinted or cited in the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Prize volumes, Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, and other anthologies. 

We are committed to amplifying voices who inspire discovery, introspection, and social action. Put simply, our goal is to publish literature that matters.

Through donations from individuals like you, we can ensure the Schooner remains an accessible, inclusive publication. Our commitments include:

  • Offering no fee submissions to all writers during our open reading window
  • Awarding significant cash prizes to contributing authors throughout the year
  • Sponsoring the yearly Raz-Shumaker Book Prizes in poetry and fiction, which award $3,000 and publication with the University of Nebraska Press and which have helped launch the careers of outstanding authors like Safiya Sinclair and Aria Aber
  • Sponsoring the annual Creative Nonfiction Summer Essay Contest which awards $1,000 and publication to one essay
  • Keeping subscriptions affordable at $32 per four issues, with a reduced rate of $28 for students

Please consider making a one-time or recurring gift, which will help sustain us as we work to foster and promote the literary arts. Online donations are processed securely through the University of Nebraska Foundation, with the option to give anonymously or in tribute.

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All gifts are tax-deductible. Gifts may also be made via check, which should be made out to Prairie Schooner Journal and mailed to us at:

Prairie Schooner Journal

c/o Siwar Masannat, Managing Editor

110 Andrews Hall

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE, 68588-0334

If you’re considering making a gift and would like to discuss it in greater detail, please contact us at prairieschooner (at)

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