Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Prose and Poetry Submission Guidelines

Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment considers submissions in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Due to the increasing number of submissions through Submittable, our submissions close for the months of April through August each year. We will continue to accept Visual Art year-round.  Please note that in order to support the ongoing business of the magazine, we have added a nominal reading fee of $3 to our submission process.

What are we looking for?

We are interested in work that explores the intersection of human experience and the environment, broadly interpreted: work that focuses on ecology, science and the environmental imagination, certainly, but also work that focuses on place and on the ways that people interact with their environments, whether they be natural or man-made. We are looking for work that surprises, moves, or affects the reader.

We encourage and welcome submissions from diverse voices and under-represented populations, including, but not limited to, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities, and the elderly. Authors of all walks of life should feel encouraged to send us stories, poems, essays, and art celebrating the diverse characters and settings all around us.

We allow simultaneous submissions but ask to be notified if your work is accepted elsewhere.

All submissions must be previously unpublished in English. Flyway asks for first North American serial rights and an option to reprint. All other subsidiary rights remain with the author. We do ask that when the work is published again a credit line indicate that the work first appeared in Flyway.

Translations are welcome. Please include proof that you have the permission of the original author to translate and submit the story, and provide the original author’s contact details as well as your own.

Until we have responded, please do not send more than a single submission in any category (contests excepted).

We respond to all submissions. Please do not query until after six months, and do not query individual editors. Send questions to flywayjournal [@] 

Please see individual categories for genre specific guidelines.


(All contests have been temporarily suspended in light of current circumstances, but please check here later for updates.) 

Sweet Corn: Our spring contest for short fiction and poetry celebrates work that surprises, shocks, moves or affects the reader while exploring human and natural environments. Submit up to three poems or a single short story of 5,000 words or less. Winners chosen by Flyway staff. First place winners receive $500, publication in Flyway, and a box of organic Iowa sweet corn. All submissions are considered for publication. $12 reading fee. 

Notes from the Field: Our fall contest celebrates place-based creative non-fiction, broadly interpreted. One first place winner receives $500 and publication in Flyway. All submissions are considered for publication. $12 reading fee.

Winter Themed Contest: In the winter we run a themed contest with submissions typically limited to an underrepresented class of writers. This contest is adjudicated by a celebrity guest judge. Contest terms vary by year.

Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment