Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends


a red wheel


- William Carlos Williams (1923)

Red Wheelbarrow, the De Anza College 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. See below for student edition information.

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

Red Wheelbarrow National Edition Poetry Prize

Flyer for 2019 Red Wheelbarrow Prize

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.

2019 Entries

The poetry prize is open for submissions annually through spring and summer (

Red Wheelbarrow Prize: $1,000, $500, $250

Deadline: August 15, 2019

2018 Judge: Marilyn Chin

Finalists published Red Wheelbarrow.

Letterpress broadside of winning poem: Peter Koch, Printer

Sponsors: Poetry Center San Jose & Red Wheelbarrow.

Submit, one time only, up to three original unpublished poems in a single manuscript. Submit online at

  • 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
  • Simultaneous submission OK but please notify immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • $15 submission fee.
  • Each poem entered must fit onto one 8.5 x 11 page.

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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 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). This De Anza student magazine is published each June.

Submission Guidelines

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


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.

Poets and Writers listing for Red Wheelbarrow

Red Wheelbarrow Facebook Page

Editor: Ken Weisner,

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