Prose and Poetry Submission Guidelines: Submissions will open on January 15, 2022 and remain open until February 15, 2022

Here at Flyway, we are thrilled to invite you to submit to our upcoming issue on “The Outside,” guest edited by Romeo Oriogun. In his words, here is what Romeo hopes to bring to light in the next iteration of Flyway:

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been thinking about the significance of the outside or outdoors as a living space that holds life and brings us in community with each other, with what is being lost and what survives. The outside as it relates to our use and interpretation of space, as it relates to memories and play, as it relates to history, as it relates to survival, as it relates to climate change and community.

Ifeanyi Mentiki’s concept of personhood considers the “individual” as one with the community, and enlarges the idea of “community” to encompass not only people, but also the land, trees, and animals. This thinking is in line with Natalie Diaz’s meditations in Postcolonial Love Poem: “In Mojave thinking, body and land are the same. The words are separated only by the letters ‘ii and ‘a: ‘iimat for body, ‘amat for land. In conversation, we often use a shortened form for each: mat-. Unless you know the context of a conversation you might not know if we are speaking about our body or our land. You might not know which has been injured, which is remembering, which is alive, which was dreamed, which needs care. You might not know we mean both. If I say, My river is disappearing, do I also mean, My people are disappearing?”  (Postcolonial Love Poem).

In that spirit, I am inviting you to submit work that interrogates place and the environment as spaces of play, as spaces of tension, as spaces of survival and renewal, and which consider the blurred boundaries between “human” and “environment.”

The world we live in at this moment is a world filled with tension—I am interested in works that not only interrogate that tension, but also unearth and point to possibilities and impossibilities that we tend to overlook in our understanding of the outside. In this moment, what things are possible that we can’t yet see?”

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. 

NEW IN 2022: Black and Indigenous submitters, as well as those facing financial hardship, may email their submissions, for no fee, to flywayjournal@gmail.com. Please include a brief cover letter and bio. We do not limit our definition of Indigenous to those from the U.S./Turtle Island.

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 [@] gmail.com. 

Please see individual categories for genre specific guidelines.

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Please submit up to 4,000 words in a single document.

NEW IN 2022: Black and Indigenous submitters may email their submissions, for no fee, to flywayjournal@gmail.com. Please include a brief cover letter and bio. We do not limit our definition of Indigenous to those from the U.S./Turtle Island.

Please submit up to 4,000 words in a single document.

NEW IN 2022: Black and Indigenous submitters may email their submissions, for no fee, to flywayjournal@gmail.com. Please include a brief cover letter and bio. We do not limit our definition of Indigenous to those from the U.S./Turtle Island.

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$3.00

Please submit 3-5 poems in a single document.

NEW IN 2022: Black and Indigenous submitters may email their submissions, for no fee, to flywayjournal@gmail.com. Please include a brief cover letter and bio. We do not limit our definition of Indigenous to those from the U.S./Turtle Island.

Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment