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Submission 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’re looking for new, diverse, and established voices. We do not consider previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay; please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Open for submissions: June 1-December 1.

Prose: up to 6,500 words, double-spaced, Times New Roman or similar book typeface.
Poetry: 1-5 poems or 10 pp.
Photography/Art: 1-5 images.


Select the appropriate option and you’ll be taken to Submittable to complete your submission. There is a $5 submission fee.

Great Midwest Writing Contest

$500 prize and publication in Midwest Review for the winning entry in each category: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Enter the contest via Submittable by March 1, 2021. There is a $15 entry fee.

Read the full contest rules.