The Roadrunner Review is an online literary journal produced by students at La Sierra University, a Seventh-day Adventist institution. We want to create a beautiful literary space for students, and we welcome submissions from around the world. We are interested in work that plunges us into a moment and unravels larger truths. We like to be surprised with language, and we find that wonder can come when ordinary moments are carefully observed. Because the world is a busy place, we aim to give readers short, vivid reading experiences. 


We invite students, both undergraduates and graduates, to submit cover art, flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and poetry. Maximum words: 1000.


We ask that all submitted work be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please note in your cover letter where you attend school.

We invite student artists, both undergraduates and graduates, to submit artwork for the cover of ISSUE 3. 

The ideal ISSUE 3 cover would be modern and include the image of an animal. (Think Frieda Kahlo's animals, not National Geographic.) We are hoping for the image to have a perspective and an emotion. We enjoy color.  

Only vertical art can be considered for the cover. 

Submit up to three digital images and place them in one submission. Please include a bio in your cover letter and let us know where you're a student.


We're looking for poems that are attentive to language, are grounded in the concrete, and take us on a journey. We like being surprised by how a word is used. We enjoy poems about food or unexpected places. Above all, we are looking for work that is honest.  

The winner of The Roadrunner Poetry Prize will receive $100 and publication in The Roadrunner Review. Sara Borjas, author of Heart like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff, is our guest poetry judge. 

All submissions will be considered for publication in ISSUE 4 of The Roadrunner Review.


Manuscript instructions

  • Submit up to 3 poems, five pages maximum
  • Single space
  • Titled
  • 12 point font
  • Previously unpublished
  • If you need to withdraw part of your submission, please leave a note through Submittable
  • Please state in your cover letter where you're attending school.


All writers must be students at a college or university when they submit.

We're looking for short stories with fascinating characters, a strong sense of place, and conflicts that keep us thinking. 

The winner of The Roadrunner Fiction Prize will receive $100 and publication in The Roadrunner Review. Michael Jaime-Becerra, author of Every Night is Ladies Night and This Time Tomorrow, is our guest fiction judge.

All submissions will be considered for publication in ISSUE 4 of The Roadrunner Review.

Manuscript Instructions:

  • Double-spaced
  • 12-point font (preference Times New Roman or Times font)
  • Titled
  • Previously unpublished
  • Doc. or Docx
  • State in your cover letter where you're attending school


All writers must be students at a college or university when they submit.

We are looking for nonfiction essays and memoirs that grapple with something of significance. We want to understand what the stakes are for the writer and to feel personally invested. We're looking for original prose, a compelling voice, and pieces that have unique structures and/or compelling characters. Send us your best work.

The winner of The Roadrunner Nonfiction Prize will receive $100 and publication in The Roadrunner Review. Amanda Fields, co-editor of My Caesarean: Twenty-One Mothers on the C-Section Experience and After, will be our guest nonfiction judge. 

All submissions will be considered for publication in ISSUE 4 of The Roadrunner Review.


Manuscript Instructions

  • Double spaced
  • 12 point font (preferred font New Times Roman and Times)
  • Titled
  • Previously unpublished
  • Doc or Docx
  • Note in your cover letter where you attend school.


All writers must be students at a college or university when they submit.


The Roadrunner Review