Nebraska Center for Writers

Happy 70th Birthday,
Prairie Schooner!

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." --Prairie Schooner, 1937

Prairie Schooner is an international literary quarterly published with the support of the Department of English at the University of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska Press.Prairie Schooner was founded at the University of Nebraska in 1926 by Lowry C. Wimberly and has had five editors, each of distinction, over its seventy-year history: Lowry C. Wimberly, 1926-1956, Karl Shapiro, 1956-1963, Bernice Slote, 1963- 1980, Hugh Luke, 1980-1987, and Hilda Raz, 1987 to date.

Short stories, poems, and essays from Prairie Schooner are consistently republished in Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, and Best American Essays, and the magazine is cited by the Washington Post as one of the best magazines for "fabulous fiction" and by the Dictionary of Literary Biography and Writer's Digest as one of the top ten magazines for poetry.

In addition to its national status,Prairie Schooner has always been an integral part of the University of Nebraska--Lincoln's English Department and the creative writing community in Nebraska, and in 1995 the magazine was recognized in its home state as a winner of the Nebraska Governor's Arts Award.

Although Prairie Schooner is one of the longest-lived and most celebrated magazines in the nation, it is not immune to the tight budgets and financial woes that threaten all literary magazines. Volunteers are currently hard at work organizing a new group, the "Friends of Prairie Schooner," which will financially assist the magazine in paying artists for their work, updating and improving production, sponsoring readings in the area, and ensuring that Prairie Schooner will always be an important part of the arts community in Nebraska and nationwide.

Writer's Guidelines for Prairie Schooner

Prairie Schooner publishes short stories, poems, interviews, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry and fiction. Scholarly articles requiring footnote references should be submitted to journals of literary scholarship.

Prairie Schooner's intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. In our seventy years of continuous publication, we have printed the work of Reynolds Price, Margot Livesey, Maxine Kumin, Rita Dove, Richard Russo, Ana Castillo, and others.

All submissions to Prairie Schooner should be typed, double-spaced (except poetry), and on one side of the paper only. Be sure to put your last name on each page of the manuscript. A self-addressed envelope, with adequate return postage on it, must accompany the submission. Prairie Schooner reads only during the months of September through May, and does not consider simultaneous submissions. Please allow three to four months for reply.

Please note that we will not consider electronic submissions, nor can we answer queries via email. Feel free to phone us at 402.472.0911.

To order a sample copy, please send $5.00 to Prairie Schooner 201 Andrews Hall Lincoln, NE 68588-0334

Prairie Schooner is produced with the support of the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Nebraska Press.

For more information, contact Ladette Randolph, Prairie Schooner, 201 Andrews Hall, University of Nebraska--Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0334.

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