Thank you for your interest in Inlandia!        

  • Submissions to Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Inlandia's online literary journal. We publish two issues per year: Fall is an open issue for all submitters. Spring is an all-teen issue guest-edited and featuring exclusively work by teens.  
  • Writing from Inlandia, the annual anthology of creative work produced by the Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops. 
  •  Inlandia Books - Literary and Community for book manuscripts. 
  •  Inlandia Literary Laureate Nominations 
  •  The Hillary Gravendyk Prize (Opens February 1 and closes April 30 annually.)

And other projects as they come up. 

Each category has a separate review period & guidelines. If you do not see it as an open category below, then it is currently closed. Please check back. Before submitting, please be familiar with the guidelines. By your submission you are acknowledging that you have read through our guidelines carefully and agree.

"Our literary expression occupies a place within our American national literature, and among the literatures of the world.” Eliud Martínez

The Eliud Martínez Prize was established to honor the memory of Eliud Martínez (1935-2020), artist, novelist and professor emeritus of creative writing at University of California, Riverside. One prize of $1000 and book publication through Inlandia Books will be awarded for a first book in fiction or creative nonfiction by a Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x writer.

Guidelines and Eligibility:

  • Submissions accepted only from writers who identify as Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x and may not use a pseudonym.
  • Writers must not have previously published a book of prose, including self-published or electronic. However, individual stories, excerpts, or essays from the manuscript can be previously published.
  • Manuscripts can be in the form of fiction or creative non-fiction, including memoir or a collection of essays or stories or hybrid works.
  • Manuscripts should be between 150 to 300 typed pages, double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Longer works of up to 500 pages may be submitted in proposal form only, with excerpt, table of contents, and synopsis. However, work must be complete in order to be considered. No in-progress manuscripts will be considered. Works may be submitted as PDF but must be available as Word doc upon request.
  • At this time, only submissions written primarily in English will be considered. Translations may be accepted but only if the original manuscript is unpublished and submitted by the author and translator together and all other guidelines are met.
  • Submissions will be read blind, so do not include any contact information on the manuscript itself.
  • Only entries submitted via Inlandia’s Submittable account will be accepted.
  • Writers may submit more than one manuscript for consideration, but must pay a separate entry fee for each submission.
  • Manuscripts can be under consideration by other publishers, but the winning writer must agree to withdraw their entry from consideration by other publishers. There will be no refunds of entry fees.

Eligibility: Any U.S. writer may enter the contest, with the exception of current colleagues and/or students, close friends, or family of the judge. Additionally, anyone currently serving in the Inlandia Institute in the last two years, either as an employee or on the Inlandia Institute Board of Directors, or is a close family member of the above, is not eligible.

Inlandia Institute abides by the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics, as written by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses: “The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. Intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest.”

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.

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2021 Writing from Inlandia Anthology

Did you participate in any Inlandia Institute creative writing workshop during the year 2021? SUBMIT!

Guidelines - revised. Please read!

   This anthology is only for writers who participated in one of Inlandia's writing workshops during 2021. If you are not a member of one of our workshops, do not submit here. It will be deleted.
        Please upload up to 5-7 pages of work (cumulative total over the course of the workshop year and may be made up of any combination of genres) written during the course of any Inlandia Writers Workshop(s) that you participated in.

 FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS: 12 pt Times New Roman, 1" margins, double or single spaced.

   Before submitting your work please be sure you have:
   -- Revised for excellency
   -- Proofread for clarity, punctuation, and grammar
   -- Proofread for any additional typographical errors

   Include a cover page with your submission indicating which workshop you belong to as well as 50 word max third person biographical statement.

   Any substantive revisions will be cleared with the author before publication, but no notification will be given for minor corrections missed by the author such as punctuation and spelling.

   Before publication all authors will have an additional opportunity to review and approve the work as it is appears in the final draft of the manuscript. ***At that time it will be the responsibility of the authors to ensure that there are no errors before the manuscript moves into the publication phase. Please be advised that if errors or omissions are missed at this stage there will be no further opportunities for revision or correction.***


   By submitting your work you are confirming that you have read and complied with the complete guidelines (available here: and you are giving your consent to publication.

   Please note that Inlandia reserves the right to decline any submission, although every effort will be made to include at least one piece from each workshop participant.

Inlandia Books is NOW OPEN for your submission! 


Writers with a connection to Inland Southern California are invited to submit. We consider only completed works. Please read the following carefully.

Delineation of Regional Boundaries

For the purposes of the Inlandia Institute publication program, “Inland Southern California,” our regional service area, is defined as the area that includes Riverside and San Bernardino Counties as well as cities on its border including Claremont, Pomona, and any non-coastal Southern California area, from Death Valley in the northernmost region to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the southernmost.

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 must include the following: 

  • Cover letter which includes a brief personal bio telling us your connection to the region;
  • One-page or less description of your project as well overall page count;
  • Description of your target audience and why your book will appeal to them; 
  • Table of contents and list of illustrations, if applicable; 
  • Sample chapter or up to ten pages of poetry;

Response Time:

Please allow up to three months for review of your proposal and, if a full manuscript is requested, up to six months for a complete review and determination. All decisions are final. Inlandia reserves the right to decline any manuscript.

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

Please Note:

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in an immediate decline notification. Submissions by writers with no regional affiliation will also be declined.