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 also welcome book review submissions.

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.


For our general submissions in Submittable, we charge a nominal fee of $3 per submission.


Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction

  • Our Winter/Spring 2025 issue reading period is 9/1/24 – 10/15/24.
  • Our Fall 2025 issue reading period is 2/1/25 – 3/17/25.

Visual Art & Drama:  Flyway accepts visual art submissions and drama submissions year-round.

Book Reviewers: If you have a book review you would like us to consider publishing, please query us at flywayjournal@gmail.com


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

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

Book Reviews:  Publishers and authors may send books for review consideration 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