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We accept previously unpublished, original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, music, and visual art.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 generally open to submissions each year from May 1-December 15. Submissions will only be accepted via Submittable.

Any submission that does not follow guidelines is subject to automatic rejection.


Submission guidelines for each genre can be found at the bottom of this page only when the submission period is open and active.



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.



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

  • Limit one poetry submission per author per submission period (May-December) each year.
  • Simultaneous submissions okay.
  • Do not submit previously published work.
  • Only  submit your own original work. We do not accept submissions made on someone else’s behalf; if you find that you are in a unique situation that might garner an exception to this rule, you should first send us a query via email and wait for our response.
  • You may submit excerpts from longer works if they stand alone without further explanation or context.
  • Do not include names or identifying information anywhere in  the submission files or title (including the file name). Your name and information are in your Submittable account or may be included in a cover letter (cover letters are not required).
  • Submit up to 8 poems at a time in a single submission/document; do not make separate submissions for each poem.
  • All poems should be saved in a SINGLE .doc, .pdf, or .rtf file, with no identifying information (such as the author’s name) anywhere in the document. 
  • 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").
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Any fiction submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to automatic rejection.

  • Limit one fiction submission per author per submission period (May-December) each year.
  • Simultaneous submissions okay.
  • Do not submit previously published work.
  • Only submit your own original work. We do not accept submissions made on someone else’s behalf; if you find that you are in a unique situation that might  garner an exception to this rule, you should first send us a query via email  and wait for our response.
  • You  may submit excerpts from longer works if they stand alone without further  explanation or context.
  • Do not include names or identifying information anywhere in  the submission files or title (including the file name). Your name and  information are in your Submittable account or may be included in a cover  letter (cover letters are not required).
  • Submit up to 5,000 words at a time (approximately 15 pages), double-spaced with 1” margins.
  • Whether it is one 5,000-word story, or numerous smaller stories that collectively  total under 5,000 words, you should make only one submission in a single submission/document; do not make separate submissions for each individual piece.
  • For pieces that are more than one page, indicate the title and page number at the top of second and subsequent pages (for instance "Summer Picnic, page 2") piece is reprinted elsewhere.

 

   

Any drama submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to automatic rejection.

  • Limit one drama submission per author per submission period (May-December) each year.
  • Simultaneous submissions okay.
  • Do not submit previously  published work.
  • Only submit your own original work. We do not accept submissions made on someone else’s behalf; if you find      that you are in a unique situation that might garner an exception to this rule, you should first send us a query via email and wait for our  response.
  • You may submit excerpts from  longer works if they stand alone without further explanation or context.
  • Do not include names or identifying information anywhere in the submission files or title (including the file name). Your name and information are in your Submittable account or may be included in a cover letter (cover letters are not required).
  • Submit up to 5,000 words at a time (approximately 15 pages) with 1” margins.
  • Whether it is one 5,000-word play, or numerous scenes/acts that collectively total under 5,000 words, you should      make only one submission in a single submission/document; do not make  separate submissions for each individual piece.
  • For pieces that are more than one page, indicate the title and page number at the top of second and      subsequent pages (for instance "Summer Picnic, page 2"). receive credit if the piece is reprinted elsewhere.

 

   

Any creative nonfiction submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to automatic rejection.

  • Limit one creative nonfiction submission per author per submission period (May-December) each year.
  • Simultaneous submissions okay.
  • Do not submit previously published work.
  • Only  submit your own original work. We do not accept submissions made on someone  else’s behalf; if you find that you are in a unique situation that might garner an exception to this rule, you should first send us a query via email and wait for our response.
  • You may submit excerpts from longer works if they stand alone without further explanation or context.
  • Do not include names or identifying information anywhere in  the submission files or title (including the file name). Your name and information are in your Submittable account or may be included in a cover letter (cover letters are not required).
  • Submit up to 5,000 words at a time (approximately 15 pages), double-spaced with 1” margins.
  • Whether it is one 5,000-word essay, or numerous smaller essays that collectively  total under 5,000 words, you should make only one submission in a single submission/document; do not make separate submissions for each individual piece.
  • For pieces that are more than one page, indicate the title and page number at the top of second and subsequent pages (for instance "Summer Picnic, page 2").ce is reprinted elsewhere.

 

   

Any visual art submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to automatic rejection.

  • Limit one visual art submission per artist per submission period (May-December) each year.
  • Simultaneous submissions okay.
  • Do not submit previously published work.
  • Only submit your own original work. We do not accept submissions made on someone else’s behalf; if you find that you are in a unique situation that might  garner an exception to this rule, you should first send us a query via email and wait for our response.
  • Submit  up to eight .jpeg images as separate file uploads in a single submission; do not make separate submissions for each individual piece.
  • Each file should be saved with the name/title of artwork.

  

Any graphic/hybrid text submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to automatic rejection.

  • Limit one graphic text submission per artist per submission period (May-December) each year.
  • Simultaneous  submissions okay.
  • Do not submit previously published work.
  • Only submit your own original work. We do not accept submissions made on someone  else’s behalf; if you find that you are in a unique situation that might garner an exception to this rule, you should first send us a query via email and wait for our response.
  • Collaborations (between illustrator and writer, for instance) welcome. In your cover  letter (required for collaborations), indicate names of all authors of  work(s) submitted, as well as contact information for each author/artist.
  • You may submit excerpts from longer works if they stand alone without further explanation or context.
  • Submit up to five .pdf or .jpeg images as separate file uploads in a single  submission; do not make separate submissions for each individual piece. Images may be of graphic texts in ink, black & white or color. Limit 15 pages      per file.

  

Any music submission that does not follow the guidelines is subject to automatic rejection.

  • Limit  one music submission per artist per submission period (May-December) each year.
  • Simultaneous submissions okay.
  • Do not submit previously published work. Previously performed is okay.
  • Only submit your own original work. We do not accept submissions made on someone  else’s behalf; if you find that you are in a unique situation that might  garner an exception to this rule, you should first send us a query via email  and wait for our response.
  • Collaborations  (between composer and lyricist, for instance) welcome. In your cover letter (required for collaborations), indicate names of all authors of work(s) submitted, as well as contact information for each composer/musician.
  • Indicate the following information for each composition file in a single cover letter for the submission: genre of music, instruments involved, performer names. Recordings of live performances fine; this should also be indicated      in the cover letter. 
  • You may submit excerpts from longer works if they stand alone without further explanation or context.
  • Submit up to five mp4 or mp3s as separate file uploads in a single submission; do  not make separate submissions for each individual piece. Limit 10 minutes play-time per file (50 minutes total per submission).
  • Submitters are encouraged to include in the submission documents in addition to the sound files. Documents may include 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.
  • Submission files MUST include audio files of the work being performed; scores and/or artist statements should only be included supplementary to the audio files.
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