Midwest Review is an annual literary magazine that features work by writers, photographers, and artists who live in, have lived in, or have spent time in the Midwest—that diverse region of the north-central United States that includes the Great Lakes area and the upper Mississippi River valley, and the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Missouri. Of course, the Midwest is also a state of mind.

Awards and Recognitions

Taxi by Pardeep Toor appeared in Midwest Review 8 and was awarded the 2021 Pen/Dau Prize for Emerging Writers. The story will also be anthologized in the Best Debut Short Stories 2021 (Catapult).

On Aerial Views by Elizabeth Favorite appeared in Midwest Review 7 and was a 2019 Notable Essay in Best American Essays.

The Fixer by Dennis Day appeared in Midwest Review 4 was a distinguished shorts in the 2016 Best American Mystery Stories.

Great Midwest Writing Contest Winners

Poetry judged by Kimberly Blesser:
Kell Pieper, “the color red & what”                                        

Fiction judged by Kim Chance:
Claude Clayton Smith, “Helping Padraig Die”                        

Nonfiction judged by Ander Monson:
Emily Standlee , “Other Repercussions”         

Poetry judged by Nicholas Gulig:
Kelsey Kerin, “Novella”                                               

Fiction judged by Abby Frucht:
SG Fromm, “Po-Ya 6”                          

Nonfiction judged by Agate Nesaule:      
Erika Veurink, “Dry Bones”

Poetry judged by Catie Rosemurgy:
Gen Del Raye, “Seven Mistranslations”                                             

Fiction judged by Liam Callanan:
Steve Fox, “Ronny”                             

Nonfiction judged by B. J. Hollars:          
Eileen Favorite, “Aerial View”


Christopher Chambers

Editorial Staff
Sam Adams
Julianna Hurtado
Angela Johnson
Malee Lor
Heather Luby
Kevin Mullen
Weldon Ryckman
Catherine Young

Design Editor
Nancy Koberle

%d bloggers like this: