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 (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.

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. This issue is dedicated to work by and for teens with connections to the Inland Empire. Submissions are open to IE teens ages 13 - 19. We are also looking for guest editors for this issue. See the FAQs for more information.


Deadline

Submissions open on January 7, 2019.

Submissions close on March 15, 2019.


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 March 1, 2019 indicate your interest by writing a paragraph in the appropriate section of the Submittable form. State specifically which genre you would prefer to judge--fiction, nonfiction, art, poetry, graphic work. If you have any experience such as working on school newspaper, please include this.


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

Guest editors may still submit work, but they will not be judging ther own work.

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.






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. This issue is dedicated to work by and for teens with connections to the Inland Empire. Submissions are open to IE teens ages 13 - 19. We are also looking for guest editors for this issue. See the FAQs for more information.


Deadline
Submissions open on January 7, 2019.
Submissions close on March 15, 2019.


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 March 1, 2019 indicate your interest by writing a paragraph in the appropriate section of the Submittable form. State specifically which genre you would prefer to judge--fiction, nonfiction, art, poetry, graphic work. If you have any experience such as working on school newspaper, please include this.

 

If I am a guest editor, may I still submit work?
Guest editors may still submit work, but they will not be judging ther own work.

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.









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. This issue is dedicated to work by and for teens with connections to the Inland Empire. Submissions are open to IE teens ages 13 - 19. We are also looking for guest editors for this issue. See the FAQs for more information.


Deadline

Submissions open on January 5, 2019.

Submissions close on March 15, 2019.


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 March 1, 2019 indicate your interest by writing a paragraph in the appropriate section of the Submittable form. State specifically which genre you would prefer to judge--fiction, nonfiction, art, poetry, graphic work. If you have any experience such as working on school newspaper, please include this.


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

Guest editors may still submit work, but they will not be judging ther own work.

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.






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. This issue is dedicated to work by and for teens with connections to the Inland Empire. Submissions are open to IE teens ages 13 - 19. We are also looking for guest editors for this issue. See the FAQs for more information.


Deadline
Submissions open on January 7, 2019.
Submissions close on March 15, 2019.


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 March 1, 2019 indicate your interest by writing a paragraph in the appropriate section of the Submittable form. State specifically which genre you would prefer to judge--fiction, nonfiction, art, poetry, graphic work. If you have any experience such as working on school newspaper, please include this.

 

If I am a guest editor, may I still submit work?
Guest editors may still submit work, but they will not be judging ther own work.

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.










I want to be a guest editor
 

  • By March 1, 2019 indicate your interest by writing a paragraph in the appropriate section of the Submittable form. State specifically which genre(s) you would prefer to judge--fiction, nonfiction, art, poetry, and/or graphic work. If you have any experience such as working on school newspaper, please include this.
  •  If I am a guest editor, may I still submit work?
    Guest editors may still submit work, but they will not be judging ther own work.
     
  •  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.





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!


Announcing the 2019 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, 2019 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $20. The winners will be announced late Summer/Fall 2019, for publication in 2020.


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: Jessica Fisher


Jessica Fisher is the author of Frail-Craft, which won the 2006 Yale Younger Poets Prize, and Inmost, which was awarded the 2011 Nightboat Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in such journals as The American Poetry Review, The Believer, The Bennington ReviewThe Colorado ReviewMcSweeney’s, The New YorkerThe Threepenny ReviewTin House, and TriQuarterly, and her translations have been published in The New York Review of Books and The Paris Review. She is co-editor, with Robert Hass, of The Addison Street Anthology.  Her honors include the 2012 Rome Prize, a Holloway Postdoctoral  Fellowship in Poetry, and a research grant from the Hellman Foundation.  She holds a Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley and is  currently an assistant professor at Williams College


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 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).


Inlandia