Flyway considers submissions in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We accept submissions from October 1 to May 1 of each year, except for visual art, which we accept year-round. 

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, on natural and built environments, and on the ways that people interact with their environments. We are looking for work that surprises, moves, or affects the reader.

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

Guidelines: All submissions must be previously unpublished. Flyway asks for first North American serial rights. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. We do ask that when the work is published again a credit line indicate that the work first appeared in Flyway.

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

*5 poems (please combine in one document)
*1 short story (up to 5,000 words)
*1 essay (up to 5,000 words)
*3 short-shorts (up to 1,000 words each, please specify genre: fic or nonfic)

Short Bio:  Along with your submission, please include in your cover note a short biographical statement (250 words or less, written in the third person) that we can use if we publish your work.  

Response Time: We make every effort to reply within 4 months, but sometimes the volume of submissions means the process will take longer. Please contact us if your submission has not been addressed after 8 months.

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Flyway holds two contests annually.

Notes from the Field: Our nonfiction contest, held annually in the fall, celebrates works of creative nonfiction that explore vivid experience--abroad, at home, or in any other unexpected environment. 5,000 word maximum. Winners chosen by a guest judge. First place winners receive $500 and publication in Flyway; runners-up receive $50 and publication. $12 reading fee.

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 guest judge. First place winners receive $500, publication in Flyway, and a box of organic Iowa sweet corn. Runners-up receive $50 and publication. $12 reading fee. 

Flyway is currently looking for small artist portfolios to feature on our new on-line web journal. Please submit 3-5 images of any kind, including graphic art/ comics.

Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment is seeking submissions of photography and visual art for publication in an established and respected web-based literary journal. We interpret “environment” broadly: we are looking for submissions that feature all types of takes on the environment, and we are especially fascinated by unconventional and surprising explorations of human relationships to place and surroundings. From the howling wilderness to the concrete jungle, we’re looking for artwork that explores, documents, celebrates, or grieves for our complex and changing surroundings.

Based out of Iowa State University, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment publishes poetry, prose, and visual art exploring the many complicated facets of the word environment – at once rural, urban, and suburban – and its social and political implications. We are also open to all different interpretations of “environment.”

Submissions should be in .jpg, .png, or .tif format, of a suitable image quality and resolution for web display, with a 2000px minimum length of the longest dimension (either length or height, depending on orientation). Flyway is a non-profit web-based literary journal. Artists who submit to Flyway retain all rights to their work.

Flyway provides a publication platform for new, emerging, and established artists to share their work with a broad and supportive audience. Artwork published and featured by Flyway will reach a large audience.

General questions may be sent to Please use our online submission manager, not e-mail, to submit your work.