Coelacanth Literary Journal

Over the past twelve years, Coelacanth (See-la-canth) (formerly known as the Sheridan Edwards Review) has grown from a small, Xeroxed, in-house project to a professionally produced literary journal. Winner of a number of national awards, including five from the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Media Association, the journal has been a springboard for many student writers such as Kristen Bomhoff, James Love, Aaron Leis, Michelle Parrish, Anna Perleberg, and Phil Seuper, all of whom have gone on to publish in or become editors for other magazines.

The Journal offers two annual literary prizes–the Sister Madeleine Kisner Prize in Poetry and the Jeanne Lobmeyer Cárdenas Prize in Short Fiction–which are judged by nationally known writers. Past judges have included Doris Betts, Bruce Bond, Scott Cairns, Albert Goldbarth, Jeanine Hathaway, Paul Mariani, Christopher Moore, Virginia Stem Owens, Vicki Santiesteban, Tim Seibles, Richard Spilman, Jeanne Murray Walker and others.


Coelacanth accepts submissions year-round by regular mail and by e-mail. The journal is published annually. Short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction manuscripts should be sent to Coelacanth at the following address:

English Department
Newman University
3100 McCormick
Wichita, KS 67213

While the magazine welcomes unsolicited manuscripts, it cannot accept responsibility for their loss or damage. Rejected manuscripts will not be replied to or returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished. Please submit no more than six poems at a time. Please submit only one story manuscript at a time.

Simultaneous submissions are also acceptable as long as we are notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere. Be sure to include phone and (if possible) e-mail contact information. We suggest to all who submit that they read several issues of Coelacanth to acquaint themselves with the material the magazine has published. Back issues may be obtained by writing to the address above.

For more information about Coelacanth contact Professor of English Bryan Dietrich.