Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends


a red wheel


- William Carlos Williams (1923)

Red Wheelbarrow, the De Anza College literary magazine, appears each year in both a National and a Student Edition.

The National Edition, published each fall, is open to poets and writers from around the country and the world. The national edition also sponsors the annual Red Wheelbarrow Prize for poetry. The national edition of Red Wheelbarrow accepts unsolicited submissions September 1st through February 15th at However, the annual poetry prize deadline through is August 15th. See below for more detailed guidelines for both the magazine and the prize. See here below for information related to the National Edition and Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize; thanks for your interest!

The Student Edition, published each spring, is open only to submissions from student writers & artists enrolled at De Anza College. See below for student edition information.

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National Edition Prize Flyer, Red WHeelbarrow 2020

2019 Winners, Third Annual Poetry Prize.

Poetry Center San José and Red Wheelbarrow Magazine are pleased to announce the winners of the third annual Red Wheelbarrow poetry prize.

Marilyn Chin was this year’s final judge.

  • 1st Prize: “Timing,” by Sandra McPherson of Davis, California
  • 2nd Prize: “Linocut with Intensive Care Unit,” by Amy Miller of Ashland, Oregon
  • 3rd Prize: “Lingua Franca,” by Lisa Allen Ortiz of Santa Cruz, California

These poets received awards of $1,000, $500, and $250 respectively, and Felicia Rice of
Moving Parts Press has produced original broadside of Lynne Ellis's "Seamstress"

2019 Finalists: “Bitter Fruit,” Margaret Chula, Portland, OR
“The End Comes,” Brennan DeFrisco, Martinez, CA
“After the War,” Susan Kelly-Dewitt, Sacramento, CA
“In the Valley of Ashes,” Erin Donnelly, Lisle, IL
“The Shirt,” Peter Bloch Garcia, Seattle, WA
“I’m in Love with the California Condor,” Jean Prokott, Rochester, MN
“In the beginning the bodies were too soft,” John Sibley Williams, Milwaukie, OR

The third annual Red Wheelbarrow Prize received over 1300 poems from 450 writers.


2018 Winners, Second Annual Poetry Prize.

Poetry Center San José and Red Wheelbarrow Magazine are pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Red Wheelbarrow poetry prize.

Naomi Shihab Nye was this year’s final judge.

  • 1st Prize: “Seamstress,” by Lynne Ellis of Seattle, Washington
  • 2nd Prize: “The Way Velázquez Used Light,” by Carine Topal of La Quinta, California
  • 3rd Prize: “The Pomegranate,” by Stephanie Duhem of Boston, Massachusetts

These poets received awards of $1,000, $500, and $250 respectively, and Felicia Rice of
Moving Parts Press has produced original broadside of Lynne Ellis's "Seamstress"

2018 Finalists: “Essential Chili Peppers of Mexican Cooking,” J.D. Amick
“The House with the Piano,” Lynne Ellis
“The Thinking of It,” Mika Kligler
“How is Home,” Lisa Ludden
“Of Frogs,” Seth Simons

The second annual Red Wheelbarrow Prize received over 1600 poems from 574 writers.


2017 Winners: Inaugural Prize.  Ellen Bass was this year’s final judge.

  • 1st Prize: “Pop a Wheelie,” by Partridge Boswell of Woodstock, Vermont
  • 2nd Prize: “Dancing,” by Matt Terhune of Los Angeles, California
  • 3rd Prize: “What My Mother Meant to Say That Night,” by John Sibley Williams of Portland, Oregon

These poets will receive awards of $1,000, $500, and $250 respectively, and Gary Young of
Greenhouse Review Press will produce an original broadside of Partridge Boswell’s winning
poem, “Pop a Wheelie.”

2017 Finalists: “Black Bear” Philip Arnold; “Cityscape with Rainbows,” Lauren Goldstein;
“Brother Mockingbird,” Susan Kelly-DeWitt; “Praise to the Sewers of Lvov,” Donald Levering;
“Mall Run,” Jane Miller; “How We All Came to Be Here,” John Sibley Williams

The first annual Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize received 650 poem submissions from 225 writers.

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Students: Join the Red Wheelbarrow

STUDENTS: To join the staff of Red Wheelbarrow—sign up for EWRT 65/68)

(The class meets from 4:00-5:50 Monday afternoons. The online staff option is EWRT 65AX and 68AX).

  • EWRT 1B: HOT OFF THE PRESS—"Literary Magazine, National Edition"—is taught most winter quarters (January through March). The magazine is published each Fall.
    • Not taught in 2021 (instructor on leave winter quarter, 2021)
  • EWRT 68A/AX—"Literary magazine, Student Edition"—is taught spring quarter (April through June). This De Anza student magazine is published each June.

Submission Guidelines

Deadlines: Submissions accepted between September 1st and February 15th for the National Edition (and May 20th for the Student Edition).

Submission guidelines: Submissions by post or e-mail. Digital submissions encouraged. Simultaneous submissions acceptable if indicated. Two to six month response time for National Edition. E-mail submissions as WORD or RTF attachments to


Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 95014-5702

  • Poetry: up to 5 poems
  • Fiction: 1 short story (up to 5,000 words), or up to 3 short-shorts
  • Plays: 1 dramatic piece up to 5,000 words
  • Creative Nonfiction: 1 piece up to 5,000 words
  • Photographs/Drawings (student edition only*): up to 5 prints or digital files. *Do not send originals. We require B&W work for the inside of the magazine, but color may be considered for the cover.
  • Comics: 1 brief graphic story

National edition contributors: Please include a brief autobiographical statement. For snail mail submissions, enclose an SASE and/or an email address for reply.

Student edition contributors: Please do not include your name on the manuscript itself, only in cover letter or body of e-mail. All work (including work submitted by Red Wheelbarrow staff members) is judged anonymously.

Requirements for Video Submissions:

  • Film the video in landscape
  • Put each piece in a separate video
  • Maximum 3 video submissions that are no more than 10 minutes total
    • Ex. submit either one ten minute video or three three-minute videos
  • Make sure your face is well lit
  • Make sure audio is clear and minimal background noise
  • Make sure to introduce the poem by saying your name clearly an the poem title s well. It’s OK to very briefly introduce whatever you are reading too J
  • A few video Ideas:
    • Just film yourself reading your poem/fiction piece
    • Make a creative video that complements your piece and do a voiceover of you reading your piece in the background
    • Come up with your own creative idea

How to create an unlisted YouTube video* 

1. Go to

2. Sign in to your YouTube account

3. Click Create in the top right of the page.

4. Select Upload Video.

6. Customize video details (title, description, etc.).

7. Click the Visibility section of the menu

8. Select Unlisted and copy the video link.

9. Email the link to

Poets and Writers listing for Red Wheelbarrow

Red Wheelbarrow Facebook Page

Editor: Ken Weisner,

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