SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN JUNE 1 - NOVEMBER 1


FICTION

Our editors read all fiction submissions of up to 5,000 words. 

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format stories in double-spaced 12-point font
  • include word count
  • number pages
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

Awarding one of the richest purses among literary magazines, the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction recognizes exceptional works with a prize of $1,000! Contest submissions must respect the 5,000 word count limit. The reading fee for this contest is $20 per submission.


NONFICTION

Our editors read all nonfiction submissions of up to 5,000 words. 

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format pieces in double-spaced 12-point font
  • include word count
  • number pages
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

Awarding an annual prize of $1,333, the Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction recognizes outstanding works of nonfiction of up to 5,000 words. The reading fee for this contest is $20 per submission.


POETRY

Writers are welcome to submit up to five poems per submission.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format poems in 12-point font
  • submit up to five poems in a single document or PDF
  • number pages
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

Poets may compete for the Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry, which awards $1,000. The reading fee for this contest is $20 for each submission of up to five poems. 

 

ART

Art submissions may include up to five pieces of art, including photography.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • articulate the details of the medium, including any modifications made to photos
  • ensure submissions are rendered in an easily accessible format such as .jpg
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

Artists may compete for the Mary Blair Award for Art, which awards $1,000. The fee for contest submissions is $20. Contestants are also encouraged to provide a link to their digital portfolio.

Non-contest art submissions will be considered for pages within the journal. We especially enjoy works in black and white. Non-contest color works may be featured as space permits, and on our website. Reed 152 is an open-themed issue.

Reed 152 is an open-themed issue. We are looking for creative nonfiction, e.g. personal essays or narratives, not scholarly papers or book reviews. All works should be stand-alone essays, not chapters of a longer work. 

Editors read all nonfiction submissions of up to 5,000 words. 

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format pieces in double-spaced 12-point font
  • include word count
  • number pages
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

Prize submissions require a reading fee of $20, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed.

Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the magazine.


Reed 152 is an open-themed issue. Writers are welcome to submit up to five poems per submission.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format poems in 12-point font
  • submit up to five poems in a single document or PDF
  • number pages
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

Poets competing for the Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry, which awards $1,000, must include a $20 fee with each submission of up to five poems. 

Contest submissions not selected may still be considered for publication in the magazine.

Reed 152 is an open-themed issue. All works should be stand-alone short stories, not chapters of a longer work. Editors read all fiction submissions of up to 5,000 words. 

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format stories in double-spaced 12-point font
  • include word count
  • number pages
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

Awarding one of the richest purses among literary magazines, the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction recognizes exceptional works with a prize of $1,000! To be eligible, submissions must be 5,000 words or fewer and include a reading fee of $20, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed.

Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the magazine.

Reed plans to feature a portfolio of work by a single artist for the Mary Blair Award for Art, which includes the cover and eight additional images for an interior spread, printed in full color on high-quality stock. Reed 152 is an open-themed issue. Contestants are also encouraged to include a link to a digital portfolio.

Art submissions may include up to five pieces of art, including photography.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • articulate the details of the medium, including any modifications made to photos
  • ensure submissions are rendered in an easily accessible format such as .jpg
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

Artists are invited to submit their best work to be considered for the Mary Blair Award for Art, which pays winners $1,000. Each submission of up to five art pieces must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed.

Contestants who do not win the Mary Blair Award may also be considered for publication, both in print and on our website. 


Reed 152 is an open-themed issue. We are looking for creative nonfiction, e.g. personal essays or narratives, not scholarly papers or book reviews. All works should be stand-alone essays, not chapters of a longer work. 

Editors read all nonfiction submissions of up to 5,000 words. 

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format pieces in double-spaced 12-point font
  • include word count
  • number pages
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date



Reed 152 is an open-themed issue. Writers are welcome to submit up to five poems per submission. Editors consider every entry.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format poems in 12-point font
  • submit up to five poems in a single document or PDF
  • number pages
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

Reed 152 is an open-themed issue. All works should be stand-alone short stories, not chapters of a longer work. Editors read all fiction submissions of up to 5,000 words. 

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format stories in double-spaced 12-point font
  • include word count
  • number pages
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

Non-contest art submissions will be considered for pages within the journal, especially black and white. We welcome black and white line art, charcoal, and photography. Non-contest color works may be featured as space permits, and on our website. Reed 152 is an open-themed issue. 

Art submissions may include up to five pieces of art, including photography.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • articulate the details of the medium, including any modifications made to photos
  • ensure submissions are rendered in an easily accessible format such as .jpg
  • provide a brief bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

Interested in promoting your art? Sumbit to Reed Magazine’s FIRST art contest for SJSU students only. There is no theme to which submissions must adhere. We accept paintings, photography, illustration, and more! All other general art submission guidelines apply (see above for details).

No submission fee required.

PRIZE: $100, PLUS your art will be featured on the Homepage of the Reed Magazine website for the year and used in promotional material such as flyers and on social media.

Reed Magazine, California’s oldest literary journal, is looking to publish the young voices of the South Bay. No matter your medium, the staff at Reed Magazine wants to hear your stories. Submit your poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or visual art to Issue 152, and let your voice be heard. $100 cash prize.

Submission Guidelines:

This contest is for San José high school students only.

Please attach your submission as a Word document, or PDF if you are submitting visual art.

Submissions must be no more than 2,000 words in standard MLA format.

Include your first and last name and the name of your high school.

One submission per student.

The deadline is December 15, 2018.

There is no theme to which submissions must adhere.

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