Great Midwest Writing Contest

What: Annual contest that awards a $500 prize and publication in Midwest Review for the winning entry in each category: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

When: Contest opens on May 1, 2022.

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. 

History

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”

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