The Coachella Review is the literary arts journal of the University of California Riverside–Palm Desert Graduate Center and the MFA program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. 

We accept original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe. 

We publish two issues a year, in June and December, and curate an eclectic blog. We welcome submissions during our open call periods for the issue and year-round for the blog. Our response time is generally one to three months; simultaneous submissions are welcome.

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We welcome dramatic writing for both stage and screen. We’re interested in scripts 10 to 12 pages in length but welcome and encourage shorter pieces, such as monologues of up to 1,500 words. Screenplays should follow American Standard format. Stage plays may be in American Standard or any other format that serves the story.

We will also consider scripts (including excerpts) for produced short films not yet widely available (showings at festivals are fine, but the film should not be made publicly available on the internet until the week of the journal issue’s publication).

Please submit scripts as Word documents only. Multiple submissions are not accepted.

In addition to your submission, please include the following information in your cover letter: the title of your entry, its genre and page count, and your email address (we will use it if we don't hear from you through Submittable). For short films, please include access information (a link to the film and a password) in the cover letter for your script. 

Submissions close on Monday, September 5.

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We welcome short stories, novel excerpts, and experimental forms. Both literary and genre works are invited. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words.

Please submit work as Word documents only. Multiple submissions are not accepted.

In addition to your submission, please include the following information in your cover letter: the title of your entry, its genre and word count, and your email address (we will use it if we don't hear from you through Submittable).

Submissions close on Monday, September 5.

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We welcome creative nonfiction of all kinds. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words. 

Please only send finished work. No pitches.

Please submit work as Word documents only. Multiple submissions are not accepted.

In addition to your submission, please include the following information in your cover letter: the title of your entry, its genre and word count, and your email address (we will use it if we don't hear from you through Submittable). 

Submissions close on Monday, September 5.

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We invite poets to send up to 3 poems per submission. Include all works in a single attachment. There are no restrictions on form or length. Please note if it is a simultaneous submission.

Please submit work as Word documents only. Multiple submissions are not accepted.

In addition to your submission, please include the following information in your cover letter: the titles of your entries, any applicable genres for each poem, and your email address (we will use it if we don't hear from you through Submittable).

Submissions close on Monday, September 5.

The Coachella Review