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 ecclectic blog. We welcome submissions during our open call periods for the issue and year-round for the blog. Our response time is generally three to six months; simultaneous submissions are welcome.

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

ALL SUBMISSIONS and queries are to be done through email at:

We welcome dramatic writing for both stage and screen. We are interested in scripts within the ten to thirty page range, but may also accept shorter pieces. Stage plays and Screenplays should follow American Standard format. Please submit only Word documents. Multiple submissions are not accepted.

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.

The submission cut-off date for the winter issue is October 25. Notifications will be sent throughout the submission period and shortly after the cut-off.  

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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