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Prairie Schooner

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.

Contact Information:

PO Box 880334

123 Andrews Hall

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE  68588-0334

Phone: (402) 472-0911


Submission/Subscription Information:

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, 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.

Recent issues:

Featuring poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, the Summer 2014 issue includes work by both new and established voices, including Kevin Simmonds, Floyd Skloot, Jenine Capo Crucet, Debra Gwartney, Praveen Krishna, and Ilana Sichel, and features cover art by Francisco Souto.

Among the gems in our Spring 2014 issue are “The Alchemist’s Apprentice,” Jack Driscoll’s dazzling story of a son whose mother is disfigured in a fire, and Orlando Ricardo Menes’ prose poem “St. Mena, Gardener of Metals.” The pages also sparkle with fiction by Pete Fromm and poetry from Maxine Kumin, John, Kinsella, Fleda Brown, Martha Rhodes, Ravi Shankar, Donald Platt, and more. With Lia Purpura’s essay on animals kept in a preserve and a review of Afaa Michael Weaver’s book The Government of Nature, this issue is as sure to refresh and enrich as April rain.

The Fall 2013 issue is an extraordinary one comprised of work from more than 40 poets and authors. This collection explores a range for themes, from what becomes of a ballerina who has broken her back to “the relative humidity of a human exhale.” Nikki Giovanni, Barry Lopez, Ellen Bass, Marvin Bell, Floyd Skloot, Mahnaz Badihian, and Traci Brimhall are among the innovative voices who lend a touch of the fantastic to this issue. Culminating in four reviews, including one of Sharon Olds’s Stag’s Leap, the Fall 2013 issue is the perfect complement to changing leaves and a pumpkin latte.


last updated 07/07/2014