Midwest Review

Volume 6: more good contemporary writing from and about the Midwest: fresh new work by Sam Savage, Michael Martone, Sarah Fay, Nicholas Gulig, Mary Mullen, rikki santer, Hannah Craig. Fermin Calderon-Dujarric, and more.
















April 20, 2018

How to Survive a Grizzly Attack

by Colin Matthes  
April 20, 2018

2017 Pushcart Prize nominations

Congratulations to our 2017 Pushcart Prize nominees! Ryan J. Browne, “Night Ride with Crazy Horse” Lorain Urban, “Field Trip” Catherine Young, “Islands” Bonnie Jill Emanuel, “Prayer Down Depot Road” Vincent Wixon, “Apocalypse” Dylan Krieger, “fake barns”
April 20, 2018

A Distinguished Mystery Story

Congratulations to Dennis Day, whose story, “The Fixer,” in Midwest Review 4 was named a Distinguished Mystery Story in Best American Mystery Stories 2016.
April 20, 2018

2016 Pushcart Prize nominees

Congratulations to our 2016 Pushcart Prize nominees! Erika Mueller, “The Deer” Rita Mae Reese, “The Vanishing Point” Shoshauna Shy, “Silver-Bearded Man in the Waiting Room at the Dental Clinic” Agate Nesaule, “A Classical Education” Susanne Markgren, “The Endnotes of Emily P. Weed” Lindsey Griffin, “Scrap Metal Animals”
May 23, 2017

Midwest Review 4 essay receives award

Lolilta Ditzler’s essay “Life With Linda,” published in the Midwest Review 4,  received a First-Place Award from the National Federation of Press Women at the Federation’s conference in Birmingham, Alabama, Sept. 7-9, 2017.  
March 28, 2017

Birch tree on Washington Island, Door County, WI

by Sarah Marty
March 28, 2017

fake barns

by Dylan Krieger like armageddon in a meadow the buildings fall down all around us one nearly crushes your unconscious but it turns out you’re standing square inside the negated space of its sole window this is after all the cars have passed their idiot madrigals still thumping our ear […]
March 28, 2017

South Dakota Saturday Night

My mother’s younger sister in stocking feet, her shoes dangling from one hand, the other hand easing open the screen door, easing it closed, escapes into the shadows. My mother lies on the bed staring at a ceiling bright with starlight and longs to risk the two-mile walk to Pickerel […]
March 28, 2017

Minnesota Child at the End of Winter

Underneath her, twigs tick. How thick grass dawns on her plastic sled. Her scoot over patches of snow grips a stuck tantrum of stopping dead. Rocks in palms—she signals potholes in March, comes bellowing home, tarring the air again. She goes, no speed, spin or shots past trees, no snow […]
March 28, 2017

Late Summer

The past is not where you left it. —Carolyn Forché The earwigs now own my dahlia—each leaf, cluster of pink petals, unfurled bud— my treasure a shredded stalk I would not have recognized last spring, reminding me the past does not stay where I left it— no matter how I […]
March 28, 2017
barn and farm fence

Open Gate

by Dave Giroux
March 28, 2017


One morning all over town it began to rain, little downpours breaking out in the bakery, the laundromat. By nine it was thundering in the beauty parlor, drizzling in the jewelry store. All morning it kept coming down, big plump drops cascading over tables, countertops, wreaking havoc in the hardware […]