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 and flash nonfiction. Maximum words: 1000.


We invite high school students to submit poetry or prose to our High School Writing Contest. The winner will receive $100 and publication in ISSUE 5. Deadline: June 15.


We ask that all submitted work be previously unpublished.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 high school students to submit fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for our high school writing contest. The winner will receive $100 and the prize winning entry will be published in our second issue of The Roadrunner Review. 

Guidelines:

  • Fiction and nonfiction must be 1000 words or less.
  • You may only submit only once. 
  • In your cover letter, please identify the genre of your submission, the high school you attend, and your class ranking (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior).


We invite student artists, both undergraduates and graduates, to submit artwork for the cover of ISSUE 5. 

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 short stories with fascinating characters, a strong sense of place, and conflicts that keep us thinking.

Manuscript Instructions:

  • Double-spaced
  • 12-point font
  • Titled
  • Previously unpublished
  • Doc. or Docx
  • Please note 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.


Manuscript Instructions

  • Double spaced
  • 12 point font
  • Titled
  • Previously unpublished
  • Doc or Docx
  • Please note 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 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.  

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 note in your cover letter where you're studying.

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

The Roadrunner Review