What: Annual contest that awards a $500 prize and publication in Midwest Review for the winning entry in each category: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.
Guidelines: Submit up to 6,000 words of fiction, creative nonfiction, or up to 10 poems.
Contest Selection Process:
1st Round: Blind Read by MR Editorial Staff with 10 finalists forwarded Contest Judge.
2nd Round: Blind Read by Contest Judge, who selects the winner.
2022 contest hiatus
2021 (published in Midwest Review 9)
Poetry judged by Kimberly Blaeser:
Kell Pieper, “the color red & what”
Fiction judged by Kim Chinquee:
Claude Clayton Smith, “Helping Padraig Die”
Nonfiction judged by Ander Monson:
Emily Anne Standlee , “Other Repercussions”
2020 (published in Midwest Review 8)
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”
2019 (published in Midwest Review 7)
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”