Books by Inland Authors

Use the menu above to select a genre, then navigate using the sidebar. The Inland region is home to award-winning authors in every genre from children’s picture books to a former poet laureate of the United States. This database is not a full list but may help you get started. For Inlandia Books, see links below.

Are you an author? See if you’re on the map! If not, tell us about yourself. (If you’ve already completed this form, we have you on our list for a future update.)

Heyday Inlandia Imprint

Inlandia Institute began its publishing journey by co-publishing books with Heyday, a nonprofit publisher based in Berkeley, California, with a focus on writings by and about Californians.

Heyday Inlandia Imprint books include: the flagship anthology, Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California’s Inland Empire, edited by Gayle Wattawa and out of which this organization grew; No Place for a Puritan: Literature of California’s Deserts, edited by Ruth Nolan; Dream Street by Douglas McCulloh; Backyard Birds of the Inland Empire, by Sheila Kee and published in partnership with the Riverside-Corona Water Resource District; Rose Hill: An Intermarriage before Its Time by Dr. Carlos Cortés; Vital Signs by Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern; and Empire by Lewis deSoto. All are now out of print. 

Other books by Heyday authors are included in the Books by Inland Authors list for your reference and enjoyment but only the above are Heyday Inlandia Imprint books.

Inlandia Books

Inlandia Institute has been publishing independently since 2011, beginning with our now annual Writing from Inlandia anthology, in its tenth year, and including children’s chapter books by Julianna Cruz, anthologies like San Bernardino, Singing edited by Nikia Chaney, short fiction like Care: Stories by Christopher Records and the forthcoming Güero Güero: The White Mexican and Other Published and Unpublished Stories by Eliud Martínez; and books published in partnership with organizations like the ground-breaking In the Sunshine of Neglect: Defining Photographs and Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California, 1950-present, and Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New Westboth by Douglas McCulloh in partnership with the California Museum of Photography, in conjunction with concurrent exhibits. A virtual Facing Fire exhibit is available here. We also publish select fiction, non-fiction, and poetry selections in our Literary and Community imprints including two prize series.

Inlandia Literary 

Polished works of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including the national and regional Hillary Gravendyk Prize books are published under this imprint. With the exception of the Gravendyk national prize, all other submissions must be about or by authors that live or work in the Inland region. For information on submitting your book for publication consideration, click here.

Inlandia Community

Works that express the voice of the communities located within the Inland Empire but with limited interest to those outside of this region are published under this imprint. Inlandia reserves the right to work with authors to polish and refine the manuscript, as necessary.

Literary Prizes

The Hillary Gravendyk Prize is an open poetry book competition, regardless of the number of previously published poetry collections. The manuscript page limit is 48 – 100 pages, and the press invites all styles and forms of poetry. Two awards of $1,000 and book publication: one National (poets living in the U.S) and one Regional (poets living or working in Inland Southern California). Additional books may be chosen for publication by the editors. Entries must be received online between February 1st and April 30th at midnight Pacific Standard Time each year. Reading fee is $20. Winners announced late summer/fall for publication the following year. Full details and past winners here.

The Eliud Martinez Prize for New Writers was established in 2021 and will award two $1000 prizes and publication annually to writers of prose (any genre) who have not yet published a first book. Deadline and guidelines forthcoming.

To view our full catalog and purchase books, please visit our bookstore.

General Manuscript Submission Guidelines

The Inlandia Institute initially evaluates proposals only; upon consensus, the publications committee may request the full manuscript. Queries and/or proposals must be submitted electronically. For instructions and full guidelines visit Inlandia’s Submittable portal.

Whether or not Inlandia Institute chooses to pursue publication of any particular manuscript will depend in large part on currently available resources of Inlandia Institute and is in no way a reflection on the quality or marketability of any given manuscript. All decisions are final.

Inlandia Institute also publishes an online literary journal…

Inlandia: A Literary Journey began as a quarterly journal. Founded in 2010 by Cati Porter, now Executive Director of the Inlandia Institute, the journal is managed by Victoria Waddle and publishes two issues per year: one general submissions in fall and one all-teen issue in spring.