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. (Closed to submissions until 2024 unless previously invited to revise and resubmit.)
- The Hillary Gravendyk Prize (Opens February 1 and closes April 30 annually.)
- The Eliud Martínez Prize (Opens November 1 and closes January 31 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 to all terms.
The Eliud Martínez Prize was established to honor the memory of Eliud Martínez (1935–2020), artist, novelist, and professor emeritus of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. One prize of $1,000 and book publication through Inlandia Books will be awarded for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer who identifies as Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x.
Our literary expression occupies a place within our American national literature, and among the literatures of the world.
- Submissions accepted only from writers who identify as Hispanic, Latino/a/e/x, or Chicana/o/x.
- Manuscripts can be fiction or creative nonfiction, including memoir, essays, stories, and multi-genre or hybrid works.
- At this time, only submissions written primarily in English will be considered.
- Manuscripts must be submitted anonymously. Do not include any identifying information on the manuscript itself, in the file name, or headers/footers.
- 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.
- 150 to 300 typed pages in 12-point Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, double-spaced, page numbering in upper-right corner.
- Submit as a PDF but have the full manuscript available as a Word document on request.
- Longer works of up to 500 pages may only be submitted in proposal form: excerpt, table of contents, and synopsis.
- All manuscripts must be complete to be considered. Do not submit works-in-progress.
- Any writer residing in the U.S. or its territories of Hispanic, Latino/a/e/x, or Chicana/o/x descent 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, is not eligible.
Call for submissions for the Spring 2024 Teen Issue of Inlandia: A Literary Journey
Now accepting art, book reviews, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for the Spring 2024 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 (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties plus neighboring cities). Submissions are open to ages 13–19 only. We are also recruiting Teen Editors (see the FAQs for more information). Submissions open Tuesday, January 16, 2024, and close Thursday, February 29, 2024, at midnight Pacific Time.
- Teen Editors screen only anonymous submissions. Please remove your name from the submission, including the file name.
- For art you may submit 1–5 digital photographs and/or digital images of work each in its own submission including but not limited to drawings, paintings, ceramics, fiber art, 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. The review should not exceed 3,000 words.
- For creative nonfiction there is no minimum word count. Essays, memoir, and narrative nonfiction should not exceed 3,000 words. Any topic is okay.
- 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 poetry you may submit 1–5 poems each in its own submission. Poems should not exceed 100 lines.
- You may submit in more than one category, but do not submit more than once in any category except art and poetry as noted.
* When you create your Submittable account, please use a personal email** you can access throughout the process until the issue launches in mid-May.
** Most school districts restrict messages from outside sources, including Submittable, so try an email connected to your mobile (icloud.com) or your family/guardian or teacher/staffer personal email.
Also: Your Submittable account needs to have the "Yes, I want to receive email notifications" checked under Settings (that’s the default), and you’ll need to check your email connected to the Submittable account on the regular. If that’s not possible, you’ll need to check the Submittable website and/or app most days.
What if I want to be a Teen Editor? Before Thursday, February 29, 2024, please use the separate Teen Editor Submittable form to submit your name and a short cover letter as well as the categories you prefer to screen.
If I'm a Teen Editor, may I still submit to the issue? Teen Editors may still submit work for consideration, but they will not be screening their own submissions.
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?
- Font and Point Size: something standard such as 12-point Times New Roman.
- Spacing: double space your work unless it is poetry, which should be single spaced (unless the topic/theme needs other formatting).
- Margins: 1 inch on all sides.
- Header: include the title of your work and page numbers if more than a single page.
- Please remove your name from the submission, including the file name.
Anything else to submit? We request a biographical statement (up to 75 words) written in the third person (she/he/they). Bios should include your name as you want it to appear if your submission is accepted. NOTE: Bios are concealed from teen screeners.
Are there types of work you don’t want?
- Do not submit 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 Teen Editors review and seriously consider every submission. It may be late March before you receive a response.
Do you allow simultaneous submissions? Simultaneous submissions are okay but please withdraw any accepted work promptly.
Do you allow reprints? Previously curated works — in books, magazines, journals, anthologies, online or in print — by writers and artists who have republication rights are okay to submit with proper attribution/credit.
Do you allow non-English submissions? At this time, we can only accept submissions primarily in English or translated into English (with written permission).
Do you allow translations? Translations are okay to submit with permission of both author and translator. Please include the English as well as native-language version of the work along with third-person bios for both author and translator.
What about AI submissions? AI-generated or assisted work is only allowed if accompanied by an artist/writer statement about the process.
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 (she/her), at JournalEditor@InlandiaInstitute.org.
The 2024 Hillary Gravendyk Prize
Sponsored by Inlandia Institute and published by Inlandia Books
One National and one Regional Winner will each be awarded $1000 and book publication.
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, 2024 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $20. The winners will be announced late Summer/Fall 2024, for publication in 2025.
The competition was created in memory of the late Inland Empire poet, Hillary Gravendyk, who passed away in 2014.
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.
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 American 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.
Manuscript Requirements: Please submit 48-100 pages of poetry through our Submittable portal as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.
***Submissions are read without identifying information.***Do not include your name or any identifiable information on the manuscript itself.*** Do not include a cover page.***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.
Prize: Each winner will receive $1000, 20 copies of their book, and a standard book contract.
The manuscripts will be screened by MFA students from local colleges and universities.
Inlandia Institute is a literary nonprofit and publishing house based in Inland Southern California dedicated to celebrating the region in word, image, and sound. Hillary Gravendyk Prize winners have gone on to win other post-publication prizes, including Rachelle Cruz's 2016 God's Will for Monsters, which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
Hillary Gravendyk Prize winners to date include Will Barnes, Tiffany Elliott, Angelica Maria Barraza, Alexandra Martinez, Michael Samra, Jonathan Maule, Bronwen Tate, Adam Martinez, Michelle Peñaloza, Elizabeth Cantwell, Malcolm Friend, Rachelle Cruz, Marco Maisto, Kenji C. Liu, and Angela Peñaredondo.