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.


December 1, 2018

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, black & white only


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

New this year! $500 prize and publication in Midwest Review for one submission in each category: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Enter in the contest via Submittable before December 1 to be considered for this exciting new prize. There is a $15 entry fee.

Read the full contest rules.