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 June 30, 2018)

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

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

-- The Hillary Gravendyk Prize (Closed; 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.

Ends on February 15, 2018

Call for submissions for a special TEEN ISSUE of Inlandia: A Literary Journey

Now accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic novel excerpts, zine excerpts, book reviews, and art for a special issue of Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Inlandia Institute’s online literary journal, dedicated to work by and for teens. Submissions are open to anyone ages 13 - 19. We are also looking for guest editors for this issue. See the FAQs for more information.


Deadline

Submissions open on November 1, 2017

Submissions close on February 15, 2018.


Guidelines for submission

  • You may submit work in more than one category, but please do not submit more than one entry for any category, except poetry and art (you may submit up to five poems or works of art).

  • For fiction--there is no minimum word count. Stories should not be longer than 5,000 words. Stories must be self-contained. If you are submitting an excerpt from a novel, it must stand alone. Any genre is OK.

  • For nonfiction--there is no minimum word count. Essays and creative nonfiction should not be longer than 3,000 words. Any topic is OK.

  • For poetry--you may submit 1-5 pages of poetry in a single document. If the formatting might be altered in a Word document, please submit as a PDF. 

  • For graphic novels/zines and the like--this is new to us, and we are leaving it a bit more open to see what comes in. Please submit as a PDF so the formatting is not lost. Consider that work that is very long--like its own graphic novel--will be too long to publish in a journal. Shorter will be better.

  • For book reviews--you must write the review yourself. Other than that, we are looking for reviews of titles that will interest teens. Whether those titles are fiction, nonfiction, YA or adult lit is up to you.

  • Art--we are looking for work that complements the written pieces and pulls the journal together as a cohesive whole. We won’t know what that is until we receive submissions, but since art is fluid and can be interpreted in many ways, we encourage you to show us some of yours. Submit 1-5 pieces as individual jpgs.


FAQs

Where do I submit my work?

Submissions accepted only through our Submittable portal here. Mailed or emailed submissions will not be considered.


Is there a submission fee?

No, submissions are free.


How should I format my work?

Please use the following format:

  • Margins: one inch on all sides.

  • Font: something standard like Times New Roman. Nothing quirky unless you are purposefully using it in a poem.

  • Spacing: double space your work, unless it is a poem and you want other spacing.

  • Header: Your last name and the title of your work in the upper left. Number the pages in the upper right. (You don't need to number the first page, but if you can’t figure out how to make that go away, we won’t count it against you!)


I saved my work as a Google Doc. How can I change it to a Word Doc in order to submit?

  • To save: on a desktop or laptop computer, go to ‘File,’ ‘Download as,’ and ‘Microsoft Word.’

  • To upload: In Submittable, click on ‘Choose File.’ Then look for ‘Google Drive’ in the list of options. Click it and then click on the document that you saved as Word.

  • On an iPad or mobile format, click on the three dots in the upper right. Click on ‘Share and Export,’ then on ‘Microsoft Word.’ In Submittable, Click on ‘Choose File.’ A pop up will give options such as ‘take photo,’ ‘photo library,’ or ‘; Browse.’ Choose ‘Browse.’ Under the locations you can browse through, choose ‘Drive.’ Click on the document you saved, and it will download into Submittable.


Is there a type of work that you don’t want?

We will not accept pornographic material or work that degrades any gender, race, religion, ability level, etc. In other words, nothing demeaning of others.

We do not want work that was assigned in class and that you have no particular passion for, but your teacher is giving extra credit for you to submit something. (If an assignment turned on your creative brain, great! Let’s see it!) We do not want your personal essays from your college applications. We want the work that your creative mind drove you to make or write.

We do not want any work that you did not create yourself. (We’re sure you learned about plagiarism in school.) By submitting your work, you are verifying that it is solely your creation.


When will I know whether or not my work has been accepted?

Please be patient as we will read and seriously consider every submission. It may be late in April before you receive a response.


What do I do if I want to be a guest editor?

  • By December 15, 2017 email a note to vwaddleido@gmail.com indicating your interest. State specifically which genre you would prefer to judge--fiction, nonfiction, art, poetry, graphic work.

  • Ask one of your teachers to write you a recommendation. We know how busy they are, so this should be an informal single short paragraph emailed to vwaddleido@gmail.com from their work (school) email address that basically states, ‘creative person, good with follow-through and will actually do this and not quit.’ (Note to teachers: if you have more than one person to recommend, that’s great! Just list them in the one email. We really know you are busy!)


If I am a guest editor, may I still submit work?

Teens may still submit in those categories which they are not judging. For example, someone judging fiction could submit poems, an essay, a book review, a graphic piece, or works of art.


I have a question that is not answered here. Who do I ask?

Please email your question to Victoria Waddle at vwaddleido@gmail.com, and she will do her best to answer it.






NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2018 Writing from Inlandia Anthology

Guidelines

Please upload up to 10 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.

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. Your workshop leader will be reviewing your uploaded submission. If they have suggestions for further tightening/revision they will contact you.

Revisions of uploaded work will be accepted up until the final deadline of August 1, after which time no further revisions will be allowed except as deemed necessary by the Anthology's Editorial Board.

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.***

Consent

By submitting your work you are confirming that you have read and complied with the complete guidelines (available here: http://wp.me/PWGGi-pT) 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.

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!


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!


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.