The High Plains Register pledges to publish outstanding, original literature, music, and visual art that captures the unique cultures of the West, while also featuring fresh, modern perspectives and ideas from across the nation. It is our intent to inspire thought, emotion, and creativity in our local readership and beyond.

We accept previously unpublished, original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, music, and visual art. Authors of works chosen for publication will receive a free contributor's copy.


We are open to submissions each year from May 1-December 15. Postal (snail) mail submissions must be postmarked no later than December 15. The deadline for electronic submissions is 5:00 p.m. MST, December 15.

   

Any submission that does not follow guidelines is subject to deletion.

  •  No previously published work.
  •  Simultaneous submissions okay.
  • Submissions must remain blind; thus, authors may not include their names or identifying information anywhere in the documents submitted or in the title of the submission.
  • Individuals may submit pieces in more than one genre at a time.
  • Submissions must follow genre-specific guidelines. Genre guidelines can be found at the bottom of this page ONLY WHEN the submission period is open and active (May 1 to December 15).
  • Do not email submissions. To be considered for publication, work must be submitted online via Submittable. While electronic submissions are preferred, hard copy submissions are acceptable and can be mailed to:High Plains Register, c/o Kristin Abraham, Laramie County Community College, 1400 E. College Drive, Cheyenne, WY  82007.


Upon publication, HPR claims First North American Serial Rights; after publication, all rights revert to the author, with the understanding that HPR will receive credit if the piece is published elsewhere.


Questions? Visit our FAQs page.

 

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Any submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to deletion.

Submit up to 8 poems at a time. No page number limit. All poems should be saved in a single .doc, .pdf, or .rtf file, with no identifying information (such as author name) anywhere in the document. In other words, don't put your name at the top of the page.  If you send poems as separate, individual submission files to Submittable, each will be deleted and you may not hear a response from us. For poems that are more than one page, indicate poem title and page number at the top of second and subsequent pages (for instance "Summer Picnic, page 2").

No previously published work.

Simultaneous submissions okay.

Upon publication, High Plains Register claims First North American Serial Rights; after publication, all rights revert to the author, with the understanding that High Plains Register will receive credit if the piece is reprinted elsewhere.

 

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Any submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to deletion.

Submit up to 15 pages (double-spaced, with 1" margins) at a time (no limit to the number of individual stories). Excerpts from longer works fine. Whether you are submitting one 15-page story, or numerous 1-page stories, all pieces should be saved in a single .doc, .pdf, or .rtf file, with no identifying information (such as author name) anywhere in the document. In other words, do not type your name at the top of the page.  If you send stories as separate, individual submission files to Submittable, each will be deleted and you may not hear a response from us. For stories that are more than one page, indicate story title and page number at the top of second and subsequent pages (for instance "Summer Picnic, page 2").

No previously published work.

Simultaneous submissions okay.

Upon publication, High Plains Register claims First North American Serial Rights; after publication, all rights revert to the author, with the understanding that High Plains Register will receive credit if the piece is reprinted elsewhere.

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Any submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to deletion.

Submit up to 15 pages (double-spaced, with 1" margins) at a time (no limit to the number of individual plays, acts or scenes). Excerpts from longer works fine. Whether you are submitting one 15-page play, or numerous 1-page acts or scenes, all pieces should be saved in a single .doc, .pdf, or .rtf file, with no identifying information (such as author name) anywhere in the document. In other words, do not type your name at the top of the page.  If you send plays, acts or scenes as separate, individual submission files to Submittable, each will be deleted and you may not hear a response from us. For plays, acts or scenes that are more than one page, indicate title and page number at the top of second and subsequent pages (for instance "Summer Picnic, page 2").

No previously published work.

Simultaneous submissions okay.

Upon publication, High Plains Register claims First North American Serial Rights; after publication, all rights revert to the author, with the understanding that High Plains Register will receive credit if the piece is reprinted elsewhere.

 

Any submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to deletion.

Submit up to 15 pages (double-spaced, with 1" margins) at a time (no limit to the number of individual essays). Excerpts from longer works fine. Whether you are submitting one 15-page essay, or numerous 1-page essays, all pieces should be saved in a single .doc, .pdf, or .rtf file, with no identifying information (such as author name) anywhere in the document.  If you send essays as separate, individual submission files to Submittable, each will be deleted and you may not hear a response from us. For essays that are more than one page, indicate story title and page number at the top of second and subsequent pages (for instance "Summer Picnic, page 2").

No previously published work.

Simultaneous submissions okay.

Upon publication, High Plains Register claims First North American Serial Rights; after publication, all rights revert to the author, with the understanding that High Plains Register will receive credit if the piece is reprinted elsewhere.

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Any submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to deletion.

Submit up to five .jpeg images as separate file uploads. Images may be of visual art in any medium.

No previously published work.

Simultaneous submissions okay.

Upon publication, High Plains Register claims First North American Serial Rights; after publication, all rights revert to the author, with the understanding that High Plains Register will receive credit if the piece is reprinted elsewhere.

 

Any submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to deletion.

Submit up to five .jpeg or .pdf graphic texts as separate file uploads. Images may be of texts in ink, black & white or color. Limit 5 pages per file. Excerpts from longer works fine.

No previously published work.

Simultaneous submissions okay.

Upon publication, High Plains Register claims First North American Serial Rights; after publication, all rights revert to the author, with the understanding that High Plains Register will receive credit if the piece is reprinted elsewhere.

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Any submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to deletion.

Submit up to three mp4 or mp3s as separate file uploads. 10-15 minutes maximum length per file. Indicate the following information in the "cover letter" box for each composition file: genre of music, instruments involved, performer names. Recordings of live performances fine; this should also be indicated in the cover letter box. 

Submitters are encouraged to include with their audio files an additional document in the submission. This can be a score for the composition(s) (the score would be printed in the journal upon acceptance of the audio file for publication) or an artist's statement about the work(s) submitted in audio files. Do not include identifying information in the file names or within the documents themselves; failure to follow this guideline could result in automatic rejection.

NOTE: HPR will not accept scores as stand-alone submissions; they must be accompanied by audio files of the work being performed.

No previously published work (previously performed work okay).

Simultaneous submissions okay.

Upon publication, High Plains Register claims First North American Serial Rights; after publication, all rights revert to the author, with the understanding that High Plains Register will receive credit if the piece is reprinted elsewhere.