RipRap Literary Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

This year, RipRap Literary Journal celebrates its 40th anniversary.

RipRap accepts submissions from September 12th – December 17th. 

*We have extended the deadline by two weeks!*

RipRap is a literary journal designed and produced annually by students in the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing program at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). Since its inception in 1951, the journal has evolved from its original title, Hornspoon, until it was renamed Gambit and finally, in 1979, RipRap

RipRap highlights new and emerging writers from across the country as well as enlightening interviews of award winning, published writers who are featured in the CSULB English Department’s Visiting Writers Series or from the known writing community. New editions of the journal are published each May.

RipRap offers a humble invitation to talented and aspiring writers of all genres and is open to everyone. Specifically, RipRap publishes creative short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and art such as photography, illustration and comics. Being the 40th anniversary edition, we would like to encourage submissions that illuminates the current unique social and political climate. 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/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If one piece out of a single submission containing a collection of poems (or images, flash fiction, etc) needs to be withdrawn, but others in the collection are still available, please email us as soon as possible with the title of the piece and we will note it on your submission.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!

Rebecca Komathy & Evan Williams
RipRap 40
CSU Long Beach