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 August. There are no deadlines; we welcome submissions throughout the year. Our response time is generally three to six months; simultaneous submissions are welcomed.

We accept many types of content for our blog, including reviews, essays, short fiction, and interviews. For reviews, please query the blog editor first at

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.

The submission cut-off date for the winter issue is October 25. Notifications will be sent out shortly thereafter.  

We welcome short stories, novel excerpts, and experimental forms. Both literary and genre works are invited. Submissions should be between 1,500 and 6,000 words.
We welcome creative nonfiction of all kinds. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words.
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