Great Midwest Writing Contest
What: $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.
2020 Winners (Published in Midwest Review 8)
Poetry: Kelsey Kerin: “Novella” selected by Nicholas Gulig
Fiction: SG Fromm: “Po-Ya 6” selected by Abby Frucht
Nonfiction: Erika Veurink: “Dry Bones” selected by Agate Nesaule
2019 Winners (Published in Midwest Review 7)
Poetry: Gen Del Raye: “Seven Mistranslations” selected by Catie Rosemurgy
Fiction: Steve Fox: Ronny selected by Liam Callanan
Nonfiction: Eileen Favorite: On Aerial Views selected by B. J. Hollars
Guidelines: We’re looking for well-crafted, thoughtful, and thought-provoking writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the full spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest. We accept unsolicited submissions of poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and black & white art and photography. We do not consider previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay; please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
We welcome work from writers in under-represented communities and from writers in or from the Midwest who are currently or have been incarcerated. There is no submission fee required for these submissions. Contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding those submissions.
Prose: up to 6,000 words, double-spaced, Times New Roman or similar book typeface.
Poetry: 1-5 poems or 10 pp.
Submissions are open from June 1 to December 1.