As California's oldest literary journal, we are devoting Reed 151 to our locale of origin, the Golden State, and we are looking for literature and art that help us create a mosaic of place.

As rich and varied as the very land it occupies, the state of California is a place of superlatives: a leading economy, a cultural trendsetter, a national and international destination. Home to nearly 40 million people, California is also home to Silicon Valley, Napa Valley, the Central Valley, and Death Valley. It is where you’ll find the Hollywood Hills, the redwood forests, the Malibu surf breaks, and the High Sierra. It is the ancestral land of hundreds of indigenous tribes, and the destination of refugees, pioneers, immigrants, and seekers of wealth, wisdom, fame, and fortune. 

Even if you’ve never set foot in the Golden State, you haven’t escaped its reach. From Disneyland to Stanford, California conjures both a place to live and way of life, a state and a state of mind.

What’s your California story? Does your fiction take place in any of its 482 cities and towns? Or perhaps you’re profiling a native son or daughter? Does the state itself, its denizens, or its metaphoric profile figure within your work? Whether you have a a nonfiction essay, short story, poem, or work of graphic art, submit your California-themed creation to the 2018 edition of Reed Magazine, a California institution for more than 150 years.

Reed accepts submissions June 1 through November 1

Submission Guidelines

Reed Magazine publishes works of short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. If you would like to submit work that fits into any of these categories, please follow our guidelines.

Fiction

Please keep fiction submissions under 5,000 words. It makes us happy when your submission has page numbers, and it makes us even happier when you list the word count on the first page.

Nonfiction

Please keep nonfiction submissions under 5,000 words. Again, page numbers put smiles on our editors’ faces. We wouldn’t mind if you included the word count here, too.

Poetry

You may submit up to five poems. Please submit all poems as a single document.

Art

Please send art submissions to us in a format that is easy to open, such as a jpg file, and let us know the medium of the piece. 

Contests

Contest submissions for the John Steinbeck Award (fiction), the Gabriele Rico Challenge (creative nonfiction), the Edwin Markham Prize (poetry), and the Mary Blair Award (art) should follow the same guidelines for their respective categories as normal submissions. 

All contest submissions require a fee of $15, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. We are sorry that we cannot send complimentary journals to contestants outside the USA because of the cost of postage.

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

All entries should touch on the theme of issue No. 151: California. Please keep nonfiction submissions under 5,000 words. Page numbers put smiles on our editors’ faces. We wouldn’t mind if you included the word count, too. Prize submissions require a reading fee of $15, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. (We are sorry that we cannot send complimentary journals to contestants outside the USA because of the cost of postage.)

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


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$15.00

All entries should touch on the theme of issue No. 151: California. Please submit all poems for the Markham Prize in one document. Prize submissions require a reading fee of $15, and contestants may submit up to five poems for that amount. In turn, you will receive a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. (We are sorry that we cannot send complimentary journals to contestants outside the USA because of the cost of postage.)

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

$15.00

All entries should touch on the theme of issue No. 151: California. Please keep fiction submissions under 5,000 words. Page numbers put smiles on our editors’ faces. We wouldn’t mind if you included the word count, too. Prize submissions require a reading fee of $15, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. (We are sorry that we cannot send complimentary journals to contestants outside the USA because of the cost of postage.)

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

Ends on November 1, 2017$15.00
$15.00
All entries should touch on the theme of issue No. 151: California, the home of Reed since 1867. 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 gloss stock. 

Please send art submissions to us in a format that is easy to open, such as a jpg file, and let us know the medium of the piece. Contestants are also encouraged to include a link to a digital portfolio.

Contestants who do not win the Mary Blair Award may also be considered for publication, both in print and on our website. 
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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. Please keep nonfiction submissions under 5,000 words. Including page numbers and word counts put smiles on our editors’ faces.

All entries should touch on the theme of issue No. 151: California. 
Ends on November 1, 2017
You may submit up to five poems with your submission. Please include all poetry submissions in one attachment; we like that.

All entries should touch on the theme of issue No. 151: California. 
Ends on November 1, 2017
All works should be stand-alone short stories, not chapters of a longer work. Please keep fiction submissions under 5,000 words. Including page numbers and word counts put smiles on our editors’ faces.

All entries should touch on the theme of issue No. 151: California. 
Ends on November 1, 2017
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 Reed's website. 

Please send art submissions to us in a format that is easy to open, such as a jpg file, and let us know the medium of the piece. Please see instructions for the Mary Blair Award for Art to be considered for color pieces in our print journal.

All entries should touch on the theme of issue No. 151: California.