Badlands accepts submissions of Poetry (up to six poems per submission) Fiction (7500 words max) Non-Fiction (7500 words max), and visual art.

At present, Badlands is also seeking submissions of writing and visual art by combat veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Submissions may include: Poetry, Fiction or Nonfiction, Letters home, Journal entries, typed or photocopied, photographs, paintings or sketches, including sketches that accompany journal entries.
These submissions will be considered for inclusion in one of several upcoming feature sections in the journal showcasing visual and literary work by veterans. The size and scope of these feature sections will depend on our submissions.

The first edition of Badlands, published in Fall 2010, can be viewed online at

Text files should be in doc, docx, or pdf formats.

Please include a cover page with your name, word and page count, the title and genre of the work, and a brief bio (50 words). Please do not using running headers with your name in the actual submission, as readings are blind.

Visual art submissions should be high-resolution TIFF files or JPEGs (300 dpi, or higher).

Badlands accepts submissions in multiple genres (e.g. 5 poems and a short story) and simultaneous submissions.

Badlands is now accessible through the CSUSB-PDC at webpage

Payment: Sadly, Badlands can't yet afford to pay contributors.

Questions? Email Stephen Lehigh:

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