Reed traces its heritage back to 1867, when the first issue of The Acorn was published by the students of California State Normal School, the institute that would eventually become San José State University.
What began as a small publication for student work has grown into an international literary presence, receiving thousands of submissions from writers across the globe. A West Coast journal with worldwide reach, Reed, like California, is an ongoing, expanding, and wondrous mosaic of thoughts, ideas, and emotions.
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art
Fiction – under 5,000 words.
John Steinbeck Award for Fiction – up to 5,000 words, $15 fee to enter. Winner receives a cash prize of $1,000.
Non-Fiction – under 5,000 words
Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction – This award is for a work of creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words and requires a reading fee of $15. The winner of the Rico Challenge receives a cash prize of $1,333.
Poetry – submit up to five poems with your submission.
Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry. This award requires a reading fee of $15. You may submit up to five poems per entry. The winner of the Edwin Markham Prize receives a cash prize of $1,000.
Art – up to five pieces of art, including photography (include details about the medium, including modifications made to a photograph). Send submissions in an easy to open format, such as a .jpg or .pdf file.
Mary Blair Award for Art. This award requires an entry fee of $15. You may submit up to five pieces per entry. The winner will receive a cash prize of $500.