NEW! Now accepting submissions for our blog series POSTS FROM THE PANDEMIC. See guidelines below.

  Thank you for your interest in Inlandia!        

        -- Submissions to Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Inlandia's online literary journal, are CLOSED. We are currently reading for the all-teen issue. If you are teen (13 -19), please take a look! (Currently open.)

  -- Writing from Inlandia, the annual anthology of creative work produced by the Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops. (Currently closed.)

-- Inlandia Books - Literary and Community for book manuscripts. (Currently closed.)

-- Inlandia Literary Laureate Nominations (every two years; currently closed.)

-- 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. Please be familiar with the guidelines before submitting. By your submission you are acknowledging that you have read through our guidelines carefully and agree.

Please be aware that right now you may experience a longer wait time than average. We apologize in advance but remember we do allow simultaneous and even previously published submissions.

It is Monday, April 6, 2020. I am writing from Riverside, California, where the stay at home order has been in place since March 19. 

Yesterday it was just announced that a local nursing care facility has thirty patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, plus some of their staff. And that's usually how it begins in our communities, during this crisis that has killed more than 10,000 people in the United States, to date, and growing exponentially every day. 

We've been told that this and the following week are going to be the hardest. That number of deaths will explode. So, in the face of that, this will be a space to share your writing about your life during the pandemic. I will update it as often as I can, beginning with the collaborative poems we have been writing on Inlandia's Facebook page.

If you are moved to write about your experience, either in poetry or prose, any genre, please submit your work here, one piece per day. To keep it simple, we are only allowing Word docs at this time. Poems using complex forms/formats may not be feasible for this project as part of the initiative is to post items quickly.

Submission is not a guarantee of publication, but I plan to publish as much as possible to create a record of our lives during these uneasy weeks/months-- years? 

Announcing the 2020 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, 2020 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $20. The winners will be announced late Summer/Fall 2020, for publication in 2021.

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 judges: Maureen Alsop & Megan Gravendyk Estrella

Maureen Alsop, Ph.D. is the author of Later, Knives & Trees; Mirror Inside Coffin; Mantic; Apparition Wren (also a Spanish Edition translated by Mario Domínguez Parra); and several chapbooks. She is the winner of the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award through the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. Her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prize on six occasions. Her poems have appeared in various journals including The Laurel Review, AGNI, Blackbird, Tampa Review, Action Yes, Drunken Boat, and The Kenyon Review and featured on Verse Daily. Her translations of the poetry of Juana de Ibarbourou (Uruguay, 1892-1979) and Mario Domínguez Parra are available through Poetry Salzburg Review. She teaches online with the Poetry Barn. Her reviews have appeared at: The Rumpus, Your Impossible Voice, Rain Taxi, Mantis, Anomaly, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, among other journals.

Megan Gravendyk-Estrella is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Poet. Megan is a two time winner of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the author of the Seattle Young Playwrights prize winning short play “Good Evening Mrs.Gerfella”. Megan lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Jose and his daughter, Sofia. Hillary and Megan wrote together their entire lives and most recently attended the Napa Valley Writers Workshop. Prior to Hillary’s passing, the sister’s work-shopped poetry and short fiction together, including many poems in Hillary’s book, Harm.

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 or work 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 or work 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 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 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.

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).