Written by Ella Peary

The Coachella Review: Now Seeking Submissions

Note: This literary journal closed to submissions after this article was published. For more opportunities, see this list of 32 flash fiction markets,  this list of nine recurring dark fiction markets, and this list of 41 themed calls for submissions.

The Coachella Review is an online literary journal produced by the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program. They’re an established online publisher of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, and they also have a special interest in publishing screenplays and one-act plays. Located near Los Angeles, they have a close relationship with the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The Coachella Review publishes emerging and debut authors, alongside established voices. They’ve published well-known authors such as Kim Addonizio, Billy Collins, and Wendy Ortiz. In general, they’re seeking writing that is, “vibrant, thoughtful, and precise.”

Each biannual online edition of The Coachella Review contains work from around 20 contributors. They publish in June and December, and they hold an open submission window for each issue. Right now through September 5 they’re accepting work for their Winter 2022 edition.

The Coachella Review also frequently publishes writing on their blog, TCR Daily. Right now they’re open to blog pitches for reviews and interviews.

For the biannual journal, poets may submit up to three poems of any length. Authors of fiction and nonfiction may submit up to 6,000 words.

They accept creative nonfiction of all kinds, and for fiction they welcome both literary and genre style short stories, novel excerpts, and experimental work. They accept all forms of poetry, and they publish both traditional and experimental styles in all genres. Submitting authors can expect a response within one to three months.

The Coachella Review accepts submissions using Submittable, not via email or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw writing published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

The Coachella Review only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you’d like to learn more or submit to The Coachella Review, please visit their website here.


Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.

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