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.

Call for submissions for Inlandia: A Literary Journey Teen Issue

Now accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and book reviews for the fifth-annual Teen Issue of Inlandia Institute’s online literary journal, Inlandia: A Literary Journey. We dedicate each Teen Issue to work by and for teens, particularly — but not exclusively — with connections to Inland Southern California. Submissions are open to ages 13–19. We are also looking for teen editors for this issue (see the FAQs for more information).

Deadline

Submissions open January 10, 2022, and close March 7, 2022.

Guidelines for submissions

  • For fiction there is no minimum word count. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words. Any genre is okay. If you are submitting an excerpt from a larger work, it must be self-contained with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • For nonfiction there is no minimum word count. Essays, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and creative nonfiction should not exceed 3,000 words. Any topic is okay.
  • For poetry you may submit 1–5 poems in a single document. Because poetic formatting might shift in a Word document, please submit your poetry both in Word and as a PDF.
  • For art you may submit 1–5 digital photographs and/or digital images of work including but not limited to drawings, paintings, sculptures, weavings, and comics. We seek art that complements the written pieces and pulls the journal together as a cohesive whole.
  • For book reviews you may submit an original review of fiction or nonfiction books across genres and readerships — from picture books to adult literature — that will appeal to teens.
  • You may submit work in more than one category, but please do not submit more than once for any category, except poetry and art (see above).

FAQs

Where do I submit my work?

We accept submissions only through the Inlandia Institute’s Submittable portal. We will not consider mailed or emailed submissions.

Is there a submission fee?

No! Submissions are free.

How should I format my written work?

  1. Font and Point Size: something standard such as 12-point Times New Roman.
  2. Spacing: double space your work unless it is a poem and you want other spacing.
  3. Margins: 1 inch on all sides.
  4. Header: Your last name and the title of your work in the upper left. Page numbers, upper right.

Anything else to submit?

We request a short biographical statement (up to 75 words) written in the third person.

Are there types of work 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 to others.
  • We do not want assigned schoolwork you have no particular passion for, even if your teacher is giving extra credit for you to submit something. We do not want your college application essays.
  • We do not want any work that you did not create yourself. Do not plagiarize. By submitting your work, you are verifying that it is solely your creation.

When will I know if my work has been accepted?

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

What if I want to be a teen editor?

By March 7, 2022, please use the separate Teen Editor Submittable form to submit your name and a short cover letter. Tell us in a paragraph why you want to spend some of your free time on this literary journey with us and if you have any experience, such as working on a school newspaper. Be sure to let us know the categories you prefer to evaluate:

  • fiction
  • nonfiction and book reviews
  • art
  • poetry

If I am a teen editor, may I still submit to the issue?

Teen editors may still submit work for consideration, but they will not be judging their own submissions.

If I have a question that is not answered here, who do I ask?

Please email your question to the managing editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Erin Michaela Sweeney, at journaleditor@inlandiainstitute.org.

Call for submissions for Inlandia: A Literary Journey Teen Issue
Now accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and book reviews for the fifth-annual Teen Issue of Inlandia Institute’s online literary journal, Inlandia: A Literary Journey. We dedicate each Teen Issue to work by and for teens, particularly — but not exclusively — with connections to Inland Southern California. Submissions are open to ages 13–19. We are also looking for teen editors for this issue (see the FAQs for more information).


Deadline
Submissions open January 10, 2022, and close March 7, 2022.


Guidelines for submissions

  • For fiction there is no minimum word count. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words. Any genre is okay. If you are submitting an excerpt from a larger work, it must be self-contained with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • For nonfiction there is no minimum word count. Essays, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and creative nonfiction should not exceed 3,000 words. Any topic is okay.
  • For poetry you may submit 1–5 poems in a single document. Because poetic formatting might shift in a Word document, please submit your poetry both in Word and as a PDF.
  • For art you may submit 1–5 digital photographs and/or digital images of work including but not limited to drawings, paintings, sculptures, weavings, and comics. We seek art that complements the written pieces and pulls the journal together as a cohesive whole.
  • For book reviews you may submit an original review of fiction or nonfiction books across genres and readerships — from picture books to adult literature — that will appeal to teens.
  • You may submit work in more than one category, but please do not submit more than once for any category, except poetry and art (see above).

FAQs
Where do I submit my work?
We accept submissions only through the Inlandia Institute’s Submittable portal. We will not consider mailed or emailed submissions.


Is there a submission fee?
No! Submissions are free.


How should I format my written work?

  1. Font and Point Size: something standard such as 12-point Times New Roman.
  2. Spacing: double space your work unless it is a poem and you want other spacing.
  3. Margins: 1 inch on all sides.
  4. Header: Your last name and the title of your work in the upper left. Page numbers, upper right.

Anything else to submit?
We request a short biographical statement (up to 75 words) written in the third person.


Are there types of work 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 to others.
  • We do not want assigned schoolwork you have no particular passion for, even if your teacher is giving extra credit for you to submit something. We do not want your college application essays.
  • We do not want any work that you did not create yourself. Do not plagiarize. By submitting your work, you are verifying that it is solely your creation.

When will I know if my work has been accepted?
Please be patient as we read and seriously consider every submission. It may be late April before you receive a response.


What if I want to be a teen editor?
By March 7, 2022, please use the separate Teen Editor Submittable form to submit your name and a short cover letter. Tell us in a paragraph why you want to spend some of your free time on this literary journey with us and if you have any experience, such as working on a school newspaper. Be sure to let us know the categories you prefer to evaluate:

  • fiction
  • nonfiction and book reviews
  • art
  • poetry


If I am a teen editor, may I still submit to the issue?
Teen editors may still submit work for consideration, but they will not be judging their own submissions.


If I have a question that is not answered here, who do I ask?
Please email your question to the managing editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Erin Michaela Sweeney, at journaleditor@inlandiainstitute.org.

Call for submissions for Inlandia: A Literary Journey Teen Issue
Now accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and book reviews for the fifth-annual Teen Issue of Inlandia Institute’s online literary journal, Inlandia: A Literary Journey. We dedicate each Teen Issue to work by and for teens, particularly — but not exclusively — with connections to Inland Southern California. Submissions are open to ages 13–19. We are also looking for teen editors for this issue (see the FAQs for more information).

Deadline
Submissions open January 10, 2022, and close March 7, 2022.

Guidelines for submissions

  • For fiction there is no minimum word count. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words. Any genre is okay. If you are submitting an excerpt from a larger work, it must be self-contained with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • For nonfiction there is no minimum word count. Essays, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and creative nonfiction should not exceed 3,000 words. Any topic is okay.
  • For poetry you may submit 1–5 poems in a single document. Because poetic formatting might shift in a Word document, please submit your poetry both in Word and as a PDF.
  • For art you may submit 1–5 digital photographs and/or digital images of work including but not limited to drawings, paintings, sculptures, weavings, and comics. We seek art that complements the written pieces and pulls the journal together as a cohesive whole.
  • For book reviews you may submit an original review of fiction or nonfiction books across genres and readerships — from picture books to adult literature — that will appeal to teens.
  • You may submit work in more than one category, but please do not submit more than once for any category, except poetry and art (see above).

FAQs
Where do I submit my work?
We accept submissions only through the Inlandia Institute’s Submittable portal. We will not consider mailed or emailed submissions.

Is there a submission fee?
No! Submissions are free.

How should I format my written work?

  1. Font and Point Size: something standard such as 12-point Times New Roman.
  2. Spacing: double space your work unless it is a poem and you want other spacing.
  3. Margins: 1 inch on all sides.
  4. Header: Your last name and the title of your work in the upper left. Page numbers, upper right.


Anything else to submit?
We request a short biographical statement (up to 75 words) written in the third person.

Are there types of work 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 to others.
  • We do not want assigned schoolwork you have no particular passion for, even if your teacher is giving extra credit for you to submit something. We do not want your college application essays.
  • We do not want any work that you did not create yourself. Do not plagiarize. By submitting your work, you are verifying that it is solely your creation.


When will I know if my work has been accepted?
Please be patient as we read and seriously consider every submission. It may be late April before you receive a response.

What if I want to be a teen editor?
By March 7, 2022, please use the separate Teen Editor Submittable form to submit your name and a short cover letter. Tell us in a paragraph why you want to spend some of your free time on this literary journey with us and if you have any experience, such as working on a school newspaper. Be sure to let us know the categories you prefer to evaluate:

  • fiction
  • nonfiction and book reviews
  • art
  • poetry


If I am a teen editor, may I still submit to the issue?
Teen editors may still submit work for consideration, but they will not be judging their own submissions.

If I have a question that is not answered here, who do I ask?
Please email your question to the managing editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Erin Michaela Sweeney, at journaleditor@inlandiainstitute.org.

Call for submissions for Inlandia: A Literary Journey Teen Issue
Now accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and book reviews for the fifth-annual Teen Issue of Inlandia Institute’s online literary journal, Inlandia: A Literary Journey. We dedicate each Teen Issue to work by and for teens, particularly — but not exclusively — with connections to Inland Southern California. Submissions are open to ages 13–19. We are also looking for teen editors for this issue (see the FAQs for more information).


Deadline
Submissions open January 10, 2022, and close March 7, 2022.


Guidelines for submissions

  • For fiction there is no minimum word count. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words. Any genre is okay. If you are submitting an excerpt from a larger work, it must be self-contained with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • For nonfiction there is no minimum word count. Essays, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and creative nonfiction should not exceed 3,000 words. Any topic is okay.
  • For poetry you may submit 1–5 poems in a single document. Because poetic formatting might shift in a Word document, please submit your poetry both in Word and as a PDF.
  • For art you may submit 1–5 digital photographs and/or digital images of work including but not limited to drawings, paintings, sculptures, weavings, and comics. We seek art that complements the written pieces and pulls the journal together as a cohesive whole.
  • For book reviews you may submit an original review of fiction or nonfiction books across genres and readerships — from picture books to adult literature — that will appeal to teens.
  • You may submit work in more than one category, but please do not submit more than once for any category, except poetry and art (see above).

FAQs
Where do I submit my work?
We accept submissions only through the Inlandia Institute’s Submittable portal. We will not consider mailed or emailed submissions.


Is there a submission fee?
No! Submissions are free.


How should I format my written work?

  1. Font and Point Size: something standard such as 12-point Times New Roman.
  2. Spacing: double space your work unless it is a poem and you want other spacing.
  3. Margins: 1 inch on all sides.
  4. Header: Your last name and the title of your work in the upper left. Page numbers, upper right.

Anything else to submit?
We request a short biographical statement (up to 75 words) written in the third person.


Are there types of work 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 to others.
  • We do not want assigned schoolwork you have no particular passion for, even if your teacher is giving extra credit for you to submit something. We do not want your college application essays.
  • We do not want any work that you did not create yourself. Do not plagiarize. By submitting your work, you are verifying that it is solely your creation.


When will I know if my work has been accepted?
Please be patient as we read and seriously consider every submission. It may be late April before you receive a response.


What if I want to be a teen editor?
By March 7, 2022, please use the separate Teen Editor Submittable form to submit your name and a short cover letter. Tell us in a paragraph why you want to spend some of your free time on this literary journey with us and if you have any experience, such as working on a school newspaper. Be sure to let us know the categories you prefer to evaluate:

  • fiction
  • nonfiction and book reviews
  • art
  • poetry


If I am a teen editor, may I still submit to the issue?
Teen editors may still submit work for consideration, but they will not be judging their own submissions.


If I have a question that is not answered here, who do I ask?
Please email your question to the managing editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Erin Michaela Sweeney, at journaleditor@inlandiainstitute.org.

Call for submissions for Inlandia: A Literary Journey Teen Issue
Now accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and book reviews for the fifth-annual Teen Issue of Inlandia Institute’s online literary journal, Inlandia: A Literary Journey. We dedicate each Teen Issue to work by and for teens, particularly — but not exclusively — with connections to Inland Southern California. Submissions are open to ages 13–19. We are also looking for teen editors for this issue (see the FAQs for more information).

Deadline
Submissions open January 10, 2022, and close March 7, 2022.

Guidelines for submissions

  • For fiction there is no minimum word count. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words. Any genre is okay. If you are submitting an excerpt from a larger work, it must be self-contained with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • For nonfiction there is no minimum word count. Essays, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and creative nonfiction should not exceed 3,000 words. Any topic is okay.
  • For poetry you may submit 1–5 poems in a single document. Because poetic formatting might shift in a Word document, please submit your poetry both in Word and as a PDF.
  • For art you may submit 1–5 digital photographs and/or digital images of work including but not limited to drawings, paintings, sculptures, weavings, and comics. We seek art that complements the written pieces and pulls the journal together as a cohesive whole.
  • For book reviews you may submit an original review of fiction or nonfiction books across genres and readerships — from picture books to adult literature — that will appeal to teens.
  • You may submit work in more than one category, but please do not submit more than once for any category, except poetry and art (see above).

FAQs
Where do I submit my work?
We accept submissions only through the Inlandia Institute’s Submittable portal. We will not consider mailed or emailed submissions.

Is there a submission fee?
No! Submissions are free.

How should I format my written work?

  1. Font and Point Size: something standard such as 12-point Times New Roman.
  2. Spacing: double space your work unless it is a poem and you want other spacing.
  3. Margins: 1 inch on all sides.
  4. Header: Your last name and the title of your work in the upper left. Page numbers, upper right.


Anything else to submit?
We request a short biographical statement (up to 75 words) written in the third person.

Are there types of work 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 to others.
  • We do not want assigned schoolwork you have no particular passion for, even if your teacher is giving extra credit for you to submit something. We do not want your college application essays.
  • We do not want any work that you did not create yourself. Do not plagiarize. By submitting your work, you are verifying that it is solely your creation.


When will I know if my work has been accepted?
Please be patient as we read and seriously consider every submission. It may be late April before you receive a response.

What if I want to be a teen editor?
By March 7, 2022, please use the separate Teen Editor Submittable form to submit your name and a short cover letter. Tell us in a paragraph why you want to spend some of your free time on this literary journey with us and if you have any experience, such as working on a school newspaper. Be sure to let us know the categories you prefer to evaluate:

  • fiction
  • nonfiction and book reviews
  • art
  • poetry


If I am a teen editor, may I still submit to the issue?
Teen editors may still submit work for consideration, but they will not be judging their own submissions.

If I have a question that is not answered here, who do I ask?
Please email your question to the managing editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Erin Michaela Sweeney, at journaleditor@inlandiainstitute.org.

"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.

I want to be a teen editor.

By March 7, 2022, please submit your name and a short letter. Tell us in a paragraph why you want to spend some of your free time on this literary journey with us and if you have any experience, such as working on a school newspaper. Be sure to let us know the categories you prefer to evaluate:

  • fiction
  • nonfiction and book reviews
  • art
  • poetry


If I am a teen editor, may I still submit to the issue?

Teen editors may still submit work for consideration, but they will not be judging their own submissions.


If I have a question that is not answered here, who do I ask?

Please email your question to the managing editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Erin Michaela Sweeney, at journaleditor@inlandiainstitute.org.

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 spaced for prose or single spaced for poetry, in .doc, .docx, .txt or .rtf only. (No PDFs.)

   Before submitting your work please be sure you have:
   -- Revised for excellence
   -- 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.***

   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.

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