English Writing

Creative Writing Program

Red Wheelbarrow       

so much depends/upon/a red wheel/barrow--William Carlos Williams (1923)

De Anza College's literary magazine appears annually 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 Student Edition, published each spring, is open only to submissions from student writers & artists enrolled at De Anza College.)

Founded in 1976, Red Wheelbarrow was known as Bottomfish until 2001.

Red Wheelbarrow National Edition Poetry Prize

2017 Winners!
Poetry Center San José and Red Wheelbarrow Magazine are pleased to announce 
the winners of the inaugural Red Wheelbarrow poetry prize.
Ellen Bass was this year’s final judge. Thank you everyone who submitted!

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.

The poetry prize is open for
submissions annually through spring and summer (Submittable.com).
Deadline August 15.

Red Wheelbarrow Prize: $1,000, $500, $250
Deadline, August 15, 2018
2018 Judge: TBA
Finalists published Red Wheelbarrow.
Letterpress broadside of winning poem: Gary Young, Greenhouse Review Press.
Sponsors: Poetry Center San Jose & Red Wheelbarrow.
Submit one time only: up to three original unpublished poems in a single manuscript. 
  • Each poem must fit onto one 8.5 x 11 inch page;
  • Do not include any personal identifiers in the manuscript nor in manuscript file name;
  • Short bio acceptable, not required;
  • Deadline to submit: 15 August 2017;
  • Simultaneous submission OK but please notify immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
$10 submission fee.
Each poem entered must fit onto one 8.5 x 11 page.

To order current or back issues of the magazine:

  • Send e-mail request today to: weisnerken@fhda.edu. 
  • In the body of your e-mail, please indicate:
  • Follow up that same day by mailing a check PAYABLE TO RED WHEELBARROW @ $16.00 PER ISSUE (this includes domestic shipping and handling) to the following address:
                     RED WHEELBARROW MAGAZINE
                     DE ANZA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
                     21250 STEVENS CREEK BOULEVARD
                     CUPERTINO, CA
  • You can also do this process entirely by USPS. Include all the information listed above with your request.
  • We will fulfill your order within 7-10 days.
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 65A/AX—"Literary Magazine, National Edition"—is taught winter quarter (January through March). The magazine is published each Fall.
  • EWRT 68A/AX—"Literary magazine, Student Edition"—is taught spring quarter (April through June). The magazine is published each June.
Submission deadlines: 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 weisnerken@fhda.edu.

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
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.

Poets and Writers listing for Red Wheelbarrow

Red Wheelbarrow Facebook Page

Magazine overview and history

Editor: Ken Weisner weisnerken@fhda.edu 
(This website is currently under construction—renovations to be completed by summer of 2017)

English Writing Building: L-1 Language Arts
Contact: Susan Edman
Phone: 408-864-8547

Last Updated: 10/7/17