History in its broadest aspect is a record of man’s migrations from one environment to another.

– Ellsworth Huntington

Based out of Iowa State University, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment is an online journal publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short scripts, and visual art that explores the many complicated facets of the word environment – whether rural, urban, or suburban; whether built or wild – and all its social and political implications.  We accept submissions from September 1 to March 31 of each year, except for visual art, which we accept year-round.

In addition to publishing issues on a rolling schedule, Flyway sponsors a yearly Sweet Corn Prize in Poetry and Fiction and a Notes from the Field Nonfiction Award.  We also welcome submissions from visual artists.

We are interested in work that explores the intersection of human experience and the environment, broadly interpreted: work that focuses on ecology, science and the environmental imagination, certainly, but also work that focuses on place, on natural and built environments, and on the ways that people interact with their environments. We are looking for work that surprises, moves, haunts, or affects the reader in some significant way.

We encourage and welcome submissions from diverse voices and under-represented populations, including — but not limited to — international authors, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities, and the elderly. Authors of all walks of life should feel encouraged to send us stories, poems, essays, and art celebrating the diverse characters and settings all around us.


Contact:                      General questions may be sent to flywayjournal@gmail.com.

Submissions:             Please use Submittable to submit your visual art and creative work.

Book Reviews:          Books for review consideration may be sent to our physical address.

Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment

Department of English
203 Ross Hall
527 Farmhouse Ln.
Iowa State University
Ames IA 50011-1054



The terms “migration route” and “flyway” have in the past been used more or less indiscriminately, but it seems desirable to designate as migration routes the individual lanes of avian travel from breeding grounds to winter quarters, and as flyways those broader areas into which certain migration routes blend or come together.  

– F.H. Kortright, The Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America


White sharks and tuna travel for thousands of miles before returning to the same hot spot just as salmon do when they return to the same stream. These journeys are the marine equivalent of wildebeest migrations that take place on the Serengeti plain in Africa.

 – Barbara Block



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