ABOUT US

Based out of Iowa State University, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment is an online journal. Flyway explores the many facets of the word environment – from rural to wild, urban, and suburban; immediate to global – along with its social and political implications.  We publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short scripts, and visual art.  We accept literary submissions in multiple windows throughout the year and visual art year-round.

Work may be at home in Flyway if it occurs at the intersection of human experience and broad interpretations of environment:

  • Ecology, science, and the environmental imagination,
  • place, from natural to built,
  • and ways that people interact with their environments. 

As readers, we are looking to be surprised, moved, haunted, or affected in some significant way.

We encourage and welcome submissions from diverse voices and under-represented populations, including -- but not limited to -- international authors, 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. 

Flyway has sponsored writing awards, such as the Iowa Sweet Corn Prize in Fiction and Poetry, and the Notes from the Field Nonfiction Prize. For the 2022-2023 academic year, we do not anticipate sponsoring any literary prizes. 


READING FEE

For our general submissions through Submittable, we charge a nominal fee of $3 per submission. 


SUBMISSION LENGTH

Poetry:  Up to 5 poems per submission.

Fiction: Manuscripts up to 7500 words.

Nonfiction: Manuscripts up to 7500 words.

Drama/Scripts:  Manuscripts up to 15 pages in standard format.


SUBMISSION PERIODS

Although submissions are rolling, we do have cutoff dates for consideration per each issue.

  • Our December issue reading period is 9/1-10/15.
  • Our May issue reading period is 2/1-3/17.
  • We accept visual art and drama submissions year-round.  

RESTRICTIONS

Current graduate students of Iowa State University may not submit in categories of their degree program. For example, a student in the ISU Integrated Visual Arts MFA may not submit a visual art piece, but they may submit literary pieces. 

Students in the Iowa State MFA program for Creative Writing and Environment may not submit literary submissions until one year after graduation, regardless of enrollment in other degree programs. 


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 Flyway Drama Guidelines:

  • Submitted scripts must fit Flyway’s mission, exploring the intersection of human experience and the environment, interpreted broadly.  
  • We are interested in plays that are surprising, moving, and energizing, and that hold place, ecology, or science as integral to the story.  
  • Scripts may be up to 15 pages in standard format.  This does not include title or dramatis personae pages.
  • Please format your script in a Dramatist Guild approved format, unless there is a clear reason not to.  For examples see Traditional Play Format and Modern Play Format.
  • Submitted scripts must be unpublished, but may have had readings or productions. 
  • Your cover letter should include a brief production history (if the play has been produced) and a 50-75 word publication ready bio.
  • Submissions will close on March 31st or when we receive 100 scripts. 


ABOUT US

Based  out of Iowa State University, Flyway: Journal of Writing &  Environment is an online journal publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction,  short scripts, and visual art that explores the many complicated facets  of the word environment – whether rural, urban, or suburban; whether built or wild – and all its social and political implications.

In addition to publishing issues of literary writing, in the above-listed genres, on a rolling schedule, Flyway also  welcomes submissions from visual artists. We accept literary  submissions from September 1 to March 31 of each year. We accept visual  art submissions year-round.  For our general submissions, we charge a  nominal fee of $3 per submission.

Over the years, Flyway has  sponsored various writing awards, such as the Iowa Sweet Corn Prize in  Fiction and Poetry, and the Notes from the Field Nonfiction Prize. For  the 2022-2023 academic year, we do not anticipate sponsoring any  literary prizes.

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, haunts, or  affects the reader in some significant way.

We encourage and  welcome submissions from diverse voices and under-represented  populations, including -- but not limited to -- international authors,  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.

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VISUAL ART SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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.

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 flywayjournal@gmail.com. Please use our online submission manager, not e-mail, to submit your work.


ABOUT US

Based  out of Iowa State University, Flyway: Journal of Writing &  Environment is an online journal publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction,  short scripts, and visual art that explores the many complicated facets  of the word environment – whether rural, urban, or suburban; whether built or wild – and all its social and political implications.

In addition to publishing issues of literary writing, in the above-listed genres, on a rolling schedule, Flyway also  welcomes submissions from visual artists. We accept literary  submissions from September 1 to March 31 of each year. We accept visual  art submissions year-round.  For our general submissions, we charge a  nominal fee of $3 per submission.

Over the years, Flyway has  sponsored various writing awards, such as the Iowa Sweet Corn Prize in  Fiction and Poetry, and the Notes from the Field Nonfiction Prize. For  the 2022-2023 academic year, we do not anticipate sponsoring any  literary prizes.

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, haunts, or  affects the reader in some significant way.

We encourage and  welcome submissions from diverse voices and under-represented  populations, including -- but not limited to -- international authors,  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. 

Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment