At Prairie Schooner, “about 40 graduate readers look through the submissions, determining if they are eligible for the magazine. ”
from an article in the Daily Nebraskan.
Prairie Schooner does not currently accept electronic submissions (this is changing soon) nor charge for submissions.
By the way, I’m not judging, just pointing it out (I was a screener for Mid-American Review when I was a grad student). This is a question often discussed in writing circles and becomes more interesting as more journals adopt submission fees–see previous post for complete context. I know a lot of writers worry that a 24-year-old grad student may not be the best judge of what literature is “eligible.” I know I’m a very different reader than I was 20 years ago.