RipRap Literary Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

This year, RipRap Literary Journal will highlight multitude and diversity in all forms, celebrating the uniqueness of culture, race, sexuality, gender, place, and perspective.

RipRap accepts submissions from September 12th – December 17th (the artwork category has been reopened until March 15th). 

RipRap is a literary journal designed and produced annually since 1951 by students in the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing program at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). RipRap offers a humble invitation to talented and aspiring writers of short fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and poetry, as well as creators of visual art such as photography, illustration, and comics. New editions of the journal are published each May, including interviews with award winning, published writers who are featured in the CSULB English Department’s Visiting Writers Series or from the known writing community.

This year, RipRap 41 will highlight multitude and diversity in all forms, celebrating the uniqueness of culture, race, sexuality, gender, place, and perspective. We encourage local and global submissions of writing and art inspired by the kaleidoscopic composition of Southern California, the greater US, and abroad. As always with all our submissions, we seek out work that is innovative, forward-thinking, and as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. 


All submissions are blind-read by our editing staff and editorial panels. Your manuscript may not include any identifying information. Any pieces submitted containing personal information that reveals the identity of the author will not be considered for publication.

You may submit to more than one genre except for short fiction/creative nonfiction; only one submission will be accepted for consideration for those genres.

RipRap does not accept previously published material (including personal blogs & websites). However, simultaneous submissions to other journals are allowed as long as RipRap is notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. If one piece out of a single submission containing a collection of poems (or images, flash fiction, etc) needs to be withdrawn, but others in the collection are still available, please email us as soon as possible with the title of the piece and we will note it on your submission.

Declination and acceptance notices are sent in early spring. Contributor copies will be sent as remuneration to those artists/writers residing in the U.S. Unfortunately, the cost to ship internationally is prohibitively expensive.

**Do not include identifying information on your manuscript or in the "Title" section of the submission form**

Editorial notes may be provided as necessary for publication. These guidelines subject to change without notice.

We look forward to your submissions!

Rachel Brownell & Adam Keaton
RipRap 41
CSU Long Beach

RipRap Literary Journal