Red Coyote is the annual literary print journal of Vermillion Literary Project. It is a student-produced journal that has been published annually for over 30 years by the University of South Dakota.
I was curious how and why this literary journal began, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Carson Sehr a few questions to find out. See my interview with Sehr and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Red Coyote.
SEHR: A publication of the Vermillion Literary Project (VLP), USD’s award-winning literary and creative writing student org. Red Coyote has been around since the 1970’s in one form or another. Called the VLP Magazine until 2017, when we changed it to Red Coyote.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Red Coyote originally started?
SEHR: A group of English students who wanted a journal project, and wanted to publish work from other students and people in the community. We originally took paper submissions dropped off in the English office, then we went to mail submissions, then Submittable in 2016.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
SEHR: At first just local students, staff, faculty, and community, but since Submittable and national/international submissions, anyone.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SEHR: Poems, short stories, creative nonfiction with some connection to the Midwest, however writers interpret that.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
SEHR: More work that portrays in a non-sentimental, unique way the beauty and diversity of the land and people of the Midwest.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
SEHR: For a standard of the magazine world, I’m a sucker for the Paris Review, but for a fresher air, I love what The Believer Magazine runs on their site.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Red Coyote?
SEHR: Honestly, holding a physical copy of the finished journal is so incredibly rewarding after reading submissions and methodically creating the layout.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: January 15, 2020
NOTES: Preference is given to works with a South Dakota connection, however esoteric.
FORMAT: <online / audio / electronic (PDF or file download) / print>
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: Payment for accepted work is one copy of the Red Coyote in which the work is published, with an opportunity to buy additional copies at a contributor’s discount.
FORMS: poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction essays, black-and-white drawings or photographs
SUBMISSION METHOD: Submittable