Prairie Schooner :: NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines
About Prairie Schooner: A national literary quarterly published since 1926. Home to the best fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews by beginning, mid-career, and established writers.
PO Box 880334
123 Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0334
Phone: (402) 472-0911
Simultaneous submissions: no Email submissions: no Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: 9/1-5/1 Response time: 3-4 months Payment: no Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 0032-6682 Founded: 1926 Issues per year: 4 Distributors: Ingram Periodicals, Source InterLink, Media Solutions Average pages: 200 Sample copy (postpaid): $6 Cover Price: $9 Subscription (Ind): $28 Subscription (Inst): $30
Publisher’s Description: Prairie Schooner, a national literary quarterly published with the support of the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Press, is home to the best fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews being published today by beginning, mid-career, and established writers.
To celebrate Prairie Schooner’s tenth birthday, associate editor Maurice Johnson wrote in 1937: "Like other little magazines, the Schooner was not published for money's sake, paid nothing for contributions, and sought to print the work of new writers not yet accepted by the wealthy, policy-bound periodicals. Unlike most little magazines, the Schooner has been long-lived. . . and it has published the early work of more than twenty writers whose subsequent appearances in print have brought them general recognition."
Johnson’s vision has been upheld in Prairie Schooner’s more than eighty years of publication, and the modest figure of twenty writers has swelled to hundreds of authors who got their start at Prairie Schooner. The magazine has presented work by Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel laureates, National Endowment for the Arts recipients, and Guggenheim Fellows. Work first published in Prairie Schooner has been reprinted or cited in the Pushcart Prize anthologies and many volumes of the Best American series.
Opening with the winning selection of the inaugural Summer Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest by Natalie Vestin, the Spring 2013 issue begins among the towering skyscrapers of New York and soars from there. Showcasing a wide range of prose and poetic talent, the collection features resounding work from such fiction writers as Roxane Gay and Mi Ditmar and such poets as Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Jill Osier, David Wagoner, and G. C. Waldrep. Five reviews—including examinations of work by Robert Gibb and the late Adrienne Rich—cap a collection of the highest quality, writing that entertains and instructs, stirs and resonates.
The Winter 2012 issue is an exceptional one, featuring a portfolio edited by Sherman Alexie. This collection consists of poetry and fiction from a diverse group of Native American writers: Adrian C. Louis, who reflects on aging; dg okpik, who challenges traditional form; Erin Bad Hand, with her direct perspective on death and the soul; Sara Marie Ortiz, who explores human legacy; and various others. The issue includes many other poems and stories by writers such as Sudeep Sun, Rebecca Foust, and Randall Kenan, and features reviews of work by Toni Morrison and Sheila Maldonado.
In this lively and eclectic Fall 2012 issue, you can find poems by Alicia Ostriker from the perspectives of old women, tulips, and dogs; a story by Ted Kehoe exploring the strange grief of a miscarriage; poems by Nance Van Winckel’s poems contemplating “the lingo of a smile and nod”; reviews assessing the National Book Award’s “5 Under 35” selections, as well as new work from Cathy Park Hong, Joseph Millar; and more. Additional poems by Marilyn Chin,Ellen Bass, Meena Alexander, and others, and prose by Brian James Schill, Don Lago, and Dinah Cox. This issue also announces news of previous contributors.
last updated 3/18/13