Thank you for your interest in Inlandia. Here you will be able to upload submissions for:

-- Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Inlandia's online literary journal (open year-round), in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry & images.

-- Writing from Inlandia, the annual anthology of creative work produced by the Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops. (currently open; Closing August 1, 2016)

-- Inlandia Books - Literary and Community for book manuscripts. See descriptions for details.

-- Inlandia Literary Laureate Nominations (every two years; currently closed while we evaluate nominees.)

-- The Hillary Gravendyk Prize (opens February 1 and closes April 30 annually.)

Each category has a separate review period & guidelines. Please be familiar with the guidelines before submitting. By your submission you are acknowledging that you have read through our guidelines carefully and agree.

Ends on April 30, 2017
Call for Submissions: Anthology on San Bernardino

Edited by Nikia Chaney, 2016-2018 Inlandia Literary Laureate

San Bernardino.  What do you think about when you hear that name?  What do you really know about the city, the history, and community of this city that sits below mountains and deserts?  Who are the men, women, and children who call San Bernardino home?  Inlandia is looking for poems, prose, photographs, and visual art from writers who are local or have strong ties to San Bernardino.  Submissions should encompass the heart and soul of this city.

All genres accepted – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, images, and hybrid works. Maximum word count for prose: 2500 words. Submit 1 - 10 poems. Images should be submitted as hi res jpegs. Submission in multiple genres accepted.

The Inlandia Institute is embarking on an ambitious new publishing program: Inlandia Books, with two branches of publication available. 

This page is for submitting work for consideration under the Inlandia Books - Community category

All books submitted must be reviewed by Inlandia Institute’s Publications Committee and all accepted works must be written by writers who live in, work in, and/or write about Inland Southern California, except for those works submitted for the National Hillary Gravendyk Prize which can be submitted by any American writer. 


About Inlandia Community

This is the branch for works that have a distinct interest to and voice of the communities located within Inland Southern California but with limited interest to those outside of this region. Works submitted for consideration under this line are also subject the highest standards of literary publishing, but if the work is deemed of significant merit to the literature of the region, Inlandia will work with authors to polish and refine the manuscript, as necessary.


Manuscript Submission Guidelines for full-length books:

The Inlandia Institute initially evaluates proposals only; upon consensus, the Publications Committee may request the full manuscript. Submissions will be read blind. 

IMPORTANT: Please omit any identifying information from your manuscript, including cover letter, acknowledgements, and headers/footers. 

Submissions must include the following: 

- A one-page or less description of your project

- A description of your target audience and why your book will appeal to them 

- A table of contents and list of illustrations, if applicable 

- A sample chapter or up to ten pages of poetry


All manuscripts submitted for consideration are vetted by the Publications Committee. Please allow up to six months for a complete review and determination. All decisions are final. Inlandia reserves the right to decline any manuscript.


If the committee has reviewed your proposal and requested the full manuscript, please use this form to submit it here following the guidelines for blind submission above.

 

Whether or not Inlandia Institute chooses to pursue such publication for any particular manuscript will depend in large part on currently available resources of Inlandia Institute and is in no way a reflection on the quality or marketability of any given manuscript. 

Good luck!


Ends on August 31, 2017
Call for Submissions: Anthology about the Immigrant Experience in Inland Southern California

Were you or anyone in your family born outside of the United States? Have you ever called Inland Southern California your home? Do you have a story to tell? We want work about the experiences of persons of a particular background, and about the ways in which cultural identity has been influenced or shaped by the varied cultures present here.

For this special issue, we will be featuring writers who represent or capture the faces of Inland Southern California’s shifting cultural landscape.  Some examples of relevant topics might be: how your family has maintained or changed cultural traditions/rituals since coming to the region, inter-cultural relationships and marriage, finding a sense of community (or lack thereof), what it was like to grow up as the child of an immigrant parent or parents, or conversely what it was like for a person of your background to parent (or grand-parent) children in this region, and/or explorations of interaction with cultures in the region.

All genres accepted – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, images, and hybrid works. Maximum word count for prose: 2500 words. Submit 1 - 10 poems, 1 piece of fiction, 1 creative nonfiction, 1 hybrid work, and 5 - 7 images. Images should be submitted as hi res jpegs. Submission in multiple genres accepted.

(*For our purposes, “Inland Southern California” is defined as any non-coastal city or area in southern California, stretching from the San Felipe Valley just east of Oceanside up to Death Valley, near the California-Nevada border, including all of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.)


The Inlandia Institute is embarking on an ambitious new publishing program: Inlandia Books, with two branches of publication available. 

This page is for submitting work for consideration under the Inlandia Books - Literary category

All books submitted must be reviewed by Inlandia Institute’s Publications Committee and all accepted works must be written by writers who live in, work in, and/or write about Inland Southern California, except for those works submitted for the National Hillary Gravendyk Prize which can be submitted by any American writer. 

(Note: While the prize is a part of the Inlandia Books - Literary category, it has its own separate submissions page. Return to the main menu if that is what you are looking for.)


About Inlandia Literary

This is the branch of publishing for highly polished works of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; Inlandia’s Hillary Gravendyk Prize books are published under this line. Works submitted for consideration under this line are subject to the highest standards of literary publishing; only a very select few books will be accepted for publication as an Inlandia Literary title.


Manuscript Submission Guidelines for full-length books:

The Inlandia Institute initially evaluates proposals only; upon consensus, the Publications Committee may request the full manuscript. Submissions will be read blind. 

IMPORTANT: Please omit any identifying information from your manuscript, including cover letter, acknowledgements, and headers/footers. 

Submissions must include the following: 

- A one-page or less description of your project

- A description of your target audience and why your book will appeal to them 

- A table of contents and list of illustrations, if applicable 

- A sample chapter or up to ten pages of poetry


All manuscripts submitted for consideration are vetted by the Publications Committee. Please allow up to six months for a complete review and determination. All decisions are final. Inlandia reserves the right to decline any manuscript.


If the committee has reviewed your proposal and requested the full manuscript, please use this form to submit it here following the guidelines for blind submission above.


Whether or not Inlandia Institute chooses to pursue such publication for any particular manuscript will depend in large part on currently available resources of Inlandia Institute and is in no way a reflection on the quality or marketability of any given manuscript. 

Good luck!


Ends on May 1, 2017$20.00
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Announcing the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize, Sponsored by the Inlandia Institute

One National and one Regional Winner will each be awarded $1000 and book publication, and additional books may be chosen for publication by the editors.

The Hillary Gravendyk Prize is an open poetry book competition for all writers regardless of the number of previously published poetry collections. The manuscript page limit is 48 - 100 pages, and the press invites all styles and forms of poetry. Only electronic submissions accepted via Inlandia’s Submittable portal. Entries must be received online by April 30, 2017 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $20. The winners will be announced late Summer/Fall 2017, for publication in 2018.

HILLARY GRAVENDYK (1979-2014) was a beloved poet living and teaching in Southern California’s “Inland Empire” region. She wrote the acclaimed poetry book, HARM from Omnidawn Publishing (2012) and the poetry collection The Naturalist (Anchiote Press, 2008). A native of Washington State, she was an admired Assistant Professor of English at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Her poetry has appeared widely in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, The Bellingham Review, The Colorado Review, The Eleventh Muse, Fourteen Hills, MARY, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Octopus Magazine, Tarpaulin Sky and Sugar House Review. She was awarded a 2015 Pushcart Prize for her poem "Your Ghost," which appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She leaves behind many devoted colleagues, friends, family and beautiful poems. Hillary Gravendyk passed away on May 10, 2014 after a long illness. This contest has been established in her memory.

Contest judge: Cynthia Arrieu-King

Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus 2010), Manifest, winner of the Gatewood Prize selected by Harryette Mullen (Switchback Books 2013) and her collaborative book of poems written with Hillary Gravendyk Unlikely Conditions (1913 Press, 2016). She lives in Philadelphia.
 
The details:

One contest, two prizes, each award is granted publication and $1000: All entrants will be considered for the National Prize, and entrants who currently reside in Inland Southern California, the “Inland Empire,” will also be considered for the Regional Prize (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, and any non-coastal Southern California area, from Death Valley in the northernmost region to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the southernmost). If you believe you reside in an area that falls within the I.E., please select the “Yes, I reside in the I.E.” checkbox on the Submittable form, or if you’re not sure, please contact the Inlandia Institute at Inlandia@InlandiaInstitute.org.) In addition, the editors may select one or more additional books for publication.

Eligibility: Any resident of the United States of America or its territories may enter the contest, with the exception of colleagues, students, and close friends or family of the judge(s). Additionally, anyone who currently serves or has served in the past two years on any Inlandia Institute committee, its Advisory Council, its Board of Directors, or is a close family member of one of the above, is not eligible.

Manuscript Requirements: Please submit 48-100 pages of poetry through our Submittable portal as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf. ***Submissions will be read blind, so do not include any contact information on the manuscript itself.*** Do not include a cover page, and do not attach an acknowledgements page. No revisions to the manuscript are allowed while the contest is running; however, if your manuscript is selected for publication, revisions may be submitted at that time. Please use a standard 11 or 12 point font. If there is a significant amount of non-standard formatting, please submit as a PDF to ensure formatting remains intact. Individual poems may have been published in journals, anthologies, chapbooks, etc., but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

Submission fee: $20 per manuscript. Multiple submissions accepted but a separate entry fee is required for each manuscript submitted. Simultaneous submissions also accepted. If accepted elsewhere, please formally withdraw your manuscript from consideration via the Submittable portal.

Each winner will receive $1000, 20 copies of their book, and a standard book contract.  

The manuscripts will be screened by MFA students from University of California Riverside and California State University San Bernardino.

The Inlandia Institute is a literary nonprofit and publishing house based in Inland Southern California dedicated to celebrating the region in word, image, and sound. In 2014, Vital Signs, a collection of poetry and photographs by Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern, received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. In 2015, the Inaugural Hillary Gravendyk Prizes were awarded to Kenji Liu for Map of an Onion (National) and Angela Penaredondo (Regional).

Please submit one short story or self-contained novel excerpt for consideration for inclusion in Inlandia's online literary journal, Inlandia: A Literary Journey. Please be sure to review the guidelines (available on the journal website: http://www.inlandiajournal.org) before submitting.

By your submission you are acknowledging that have read and agree with our guidelines.

Please submit up to five poems (as separate Word document submissions for ease of tracking) for consideration for inclusion in Inlandia's online literary journal, Inlandia: A Literary Journey. Please be sure to review the guidelines (available on the journal website: http://www.inlandiajournal.org) before submitting.

By your submission you are acknowledging that have read and agree with our guidelines.

Please submit one piece of nonfiction (memoir excerpt, essay, book review, interview, etc.) for consideration for inclusion in Inlandia's online literary journal, Inlandia: A Literary Journey. Please be sure to review the guidelines (available on the journal website: http://www.inlandiajournal.org) before submitting.

By your submission you are acknowledging that have read and agree with our guidelines.

Please submit 5 -8 images related for consideration for inclusion as a Featured Artist in Inlandia's online literary journal, Inlandia: A Literary Journey. Please be sure to review the guidelines (available on the journal website: http://www.inlandiajournal.org) before submitting.

By your submission you are acknowledging that have read and agree with our guidelines.