Thank you for considering Prairie Citizen for your writing and thoughts.

Prairie Citizen
is a forum of ideas about nature, community, and life in the grasslands.

We are seeking thoughtful, intelligent writing related to the Great Plains for our online journal. Our focus is on the environment, policy, culture (arts, humanities, social issues), and tech and science, especially when related to the environment and climate change.

We are following in the footsteps of the regional journal Prairie Fire, which was published from 2007 to 2015. Prairie Fire was informative, eclectic, thought-provoking, and entertaining, and we want Prairie Citizen to bear those same hallmarks.

If you are interested in submitting your writing, please click on the Submit button below.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to foster a bioregionally attuned and socially just civic and cultural life on the North American prairies. We seek to increase awareness of the ecological, social, and cultural issues that affect our many communities—plant, animal, and human. We seek to share information and opinion by experts and thinkers who bring context to what is often simplified and who inform without underestimating. We hope to deepen our community’s understanding of the complex interrelations between ourselves and the natural environment in which we and millions of other species live, as well as among ourselves as members of a diverse human community.

A land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members and also respect for the community as such. 

—Aldo Leopold, 1887–1948

Editorial board members are Thomas P. Lynch, Paul A. Johnsgard, Jack Phillips, and Robert Smith. Editor in chief is Cris Trautner.

Prairie Citizen 
PO Box 67002
Lincoln, NE 68506-7002

With your submission you provide us with first publication rights to your submission. You retain all other rights to your work. Should your work be republished, we ask that you credit Prairie Citizen and note the date on which it was first published. 

While we appreciate the flexibility of the online journal, we haven't abandoned plans for print. We would like to produce a print product once funding is available. With your submission you provide us with permission to include your work in that print product. We will confirm your participation before the publication is produced. 

Submission guidelines:
  • 750 to 3,000 words; longer works may be serialized
  • Written to appeal to an educated—but not necessarily academic—audience in a way that is insightful, articulate, and entertaining
  • Context is encouraged because it leads to understanding, and understanding leads to action, both personal and public
  • Writing is preferably accompanied by at least one relevant and appropriate image, as well as an author photo
  • Specs for graphics: 300 ppi for color/grayscale; 1200 ppi for B&W; as physically large as possible (lower resolutions are OK for web but are not easily transferred to print, when we move in that direction)
  • Pseudonyms are not accepted unless the public use of the writer's name would cause physical or financial harm to the writer and/or the writer's family
  • All writing will be edited to correct mechanical and objective errors and to conform to house style; we generally follow Chicago style, except for numbering (we use AP) and the occasional conflict with Merriam-Webster regarding spelling and hyphenation
  • Submissions are unpaid
  • All submissions are reviewed by our editorial board
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