RipRap Literary Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

RipRap Literary Journal is designed and produced annually by students in the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing program at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). We highlight poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, and criticism from emerging and established poets, writers, and artists from across the country. 

The journal is especially interested in work that is innovative, forward-thinking, and as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. New editions are published each May.


Submissions for Issue 45: THE OTHER are open from September 30 - December 16, 2022, and are accepted through Submittable only.  

THE OTHER: Frankenstein. Ellison's Invisible Man. A reflection we do not recognize. The Other wears many masks, shapeshifts. What we see is a shadow of what is, the image incomplete, a million unseen hands filling in details. For RipRap's 45th issue, we want to read your broken binaries, fragments of figments, shattered mirrors reflecting shards of the self. The Other is who you name it, and we're looking for it all.


  • Please do not include any identifying or contact information in the file that you submit. Your name and contact information will be included in the Submittable fields. Files with identifying and/or contact information 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 in those genres.
  • Submissions cannot be revised once submitted. If you catch a typo or spot an edit, please withdraw your submission and resubmit.
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. However, if your work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us as soon as possible via Submittable. You are welcome to withdraw or partially withdraw your work.

See genre-specific guidelines below. 

RipRap Literary Journal