Midwest Review is an annual print magazine featuring the Midwest in new work by writers, photographers, and artists who live in, or have lived in, the Midwest.

The Midwest is the region of the north central United States that includes the Great Lakes area and the upper Mississippi River valley (according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Midwest is comprised of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Missouri). Of course, the Midwest is also a state of mind.

We're looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest. We accept unsolicited submissions of original creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art from June to December. 

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 christopher.chambers@wisc.edu regarding those submissions.

We do not consider previously published work (work that has appeared previously in any publication, print or online, including self-published work, in print or online). Simultaneous submissions are okay; please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Authors of work accepted for publication by Midwest Review receive a contract granting non-exclusive first serial rights. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication with the request that subsequent re-publication of the work acknowledges first publication in Midwest Review.

The new Midwest Review is out! Get your copy of Issue 9 while they last. 

We are now accepting submissions for Issue 10, to be published in 2022.  

ISSN 2471-6871

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We're looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking short fiction that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide

spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest. Submit work up to 6,000 words, double spaced. Let us know in your cover letter your connection to the Midwest, and please do not put your name on the manuscript.

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We're looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking essays and creative nonfiction that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest. Submit work up to 6,000 words, double spaced. Let us know in your cover letter your connection to the Midwest, and please do not put your name on the manuscript.

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We're looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking poetry that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest. Submit up to 5 poems and up to 10 pages of poetry in one file. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE A SEPARATE SUBMISSION FOR EACH POEM. You can title the submission with the title of the first poem, or with the titles of all the poems. To withdraw a poem, add a note to your submission and indicate the poem(s) you would like to withdraw. Let us know in your cover letter your connection to the Midwest, and please do not put your name on the manuscript.

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We're looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking photography and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest. Let us know in your cover letter your connection to the Midwest. Submit black & white or color, up to 5 images.

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We hope you enjoy the magazine. Thank you for your interest and support!

Volume 9 features new work by:
Hala Alyan, Kimberly Blaeser, Paul Bone, Emily Bowles, Susan Cadkin, Fred Cardin, Kim Chinquee, Angelica Contreras, Kevin Coval, Darren C. Demaree, Stephanie Dickinson, Eran Eads, Margaret Galey, Jeremy George, Douglas Gorman, Avery Gregurich Justin Hunt, Jacob Izenberg, Emily Kingery, Pete Kos, Michael Jeffrey Lee, Howard Leu, Katlo Siyanda Mohutsiwa, Ander Monson, Gino X. Montoya, Ruby Hansen Murray, Yvonne Osborne, Lucas Peters, Kell Pieper, Wang Ping, Ann Potter, Marcella L. A. Prince, Ben Prostine, Ladette Randolph, Greg Rappleye, Richard Robbins, Brad Rose, Shawn Shiflett, Kathleen Sletten, Abraham Smith, Claude Clayton Smith, Dustin Sonneborn, Emily Anne Standlee, Joseph Stern, Christine Stewart-Nuñez, MK Sturdevant, Dawn Terpstra, Alison Thumel, Jeff Tiglechaar, Robert Vivian, Abby Wheeler, Douglas Yu

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We hope you enjoy the magazine. Thank you for your interest and support! 

Volume 8 features new work by:

Eduardo Halfon

Pardeep Toor

Nick Rattner

Arturo Alvarez

Bridget Apfeld

Laura Bandy

Marryam Barrie

Robert Hedin

Anemonie Beaulier

Bethany Armstrong Brietland

Nathaniel Cairney

Annie Christain

Melinda Clemmons

Colin Criss

Naomi Ernest

SG Fromm

Margaret Galey

Irwin Goldman

Rick Graves

Bradley Greenburg

Gwen Hart

CB Adams

Corey Hoppenrath

Debra Hutchison

Mary Ann Inman

Kenneth Jakubas

Carrie Jerrell

Kelsey Kerin

Meara Levezow

Dave Malone

Len Messineo

Robert Miltner

Amie Adams Mortenson

Samuel Piccone

Kat Rosaen

William Rudolph

Bonnie Larson Staiger

Karen Steiner

Alberto Sveum

Erika Veurink

Beth Ann Workmaster

Alice Blue

Vicki Reed

Jody Boyer

Stephan Shambert

Zac Hall

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Volume 7 features new work by:

Stephanie Dickinson

Ingrid Andersson

Mia Pohlman

Gen Del Raye

Timothy Kenny

George Looney

Chele Isaac

Bob Johnson

Beth Marzoni

Nina Macheel

Steve Fox

Les Bares

Elsa Bell

Pierce Brown

Nick Chiarkas

Michael Cole

Rebecca Doverspike

John Dudek

Dennis Etzel Jr

Eileen Favorite

Brianna Flavin

Rick Graves

Jeffrey Gray

Candice Haugdahl

Joseph Harris

Lisa Higgs

Jessica Hunt

Sara Judy

J. Rodney Karr

Sean Kelbley

Amanda Kenny

Angie Mason

Ethna McKiernan

Alison Meschke

Craig Milewski

Matt Morgan

Nina Moyer

Kate Murr

Shannon Nakai

Michael Ostrov

Elaine Fowler Palencia

Alexandra Penland

Gerald Podraza

Mondest Richards

Max Schleicher

Sharon Stauffer

Aaron Steffes

Roi Solberg

Pamela Sumners

Dominique Taquet

Joey Aronhalt

Carol Yoho

Claire Welsh

Robert Westphal

Aaron Zaremsky

Ciaran Cooper

Lolita Ditzler

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We hope you enjoy the magazine. Thank you for your interest and support! 

Volume 6 features new work by:

Sam Savage

Kristin Tenor

Michael Martone

Nicholas Gulig

Sean Lovelace

Jayson Iwen

George Kalamaras

Fermin Calderon-Dujarric

Elke Sommers

Alexis Petri

Colin Matthes

Daniel Stout

Felicitus Ferington

Gail Moreland

Roger Camp

Ross Wilcox

Susan Sinclair Edele

John Robinson

Kailee Pedersen

Mary Mullen

Mondest Richards

Robert Westphal

Carol Schaechterle

Christopher Warner

Danny Burdett

Gary Bouchard

Hannah Craig

Ingrid Andersson

Jeffrey Erlacher

jessie knoles

Joseph Zenoni

Myron Ernst

Natalie Solmer

rikki santer

Sarah Fay

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Volume 5 features new work by:

Catie Rosemurgy

Dylan Krieger

Robert Hedin

Ryan J. Browne

Vincent Wixon

Lorain Urban

Andy Millman

Catherine Young

Nancy Jesse

Barbara Schmidt

Corey Hoppenrath

David Giroux

Deborah Lucas

Den Adler

Gregory Galbraith

Hansa Pistotnik

Patrick Carr

Rick Graves

Sarah Marty

Sevie Kenyon

J. Lawrence Epps

Jane Curtis

W. P. Osborn

Coleman

Georgia Tiffany

Jan Bosman

Pattie See

Ash Goedker

Bonnie Jill Emanuel

Estella Lauter

Evelyn Reynolds

Gregory Galbraith

James Butcher

Joanna Laura Thompson

Judy Brackett

Laura Sweeney

M. Scott Douglass

Patricia Williams

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Volume 4 features new work by:

Rita Mae Reese

Bonnie Jo Campbell

Ginny MacDonald

Guy Thorvaldsen

Kimberly Suhr

Cynthia Hawkinson McEahern

Emi Morita

Helen Klebesadel

Margaret Jankowski

Ruth Ann Molyneaux

Travis Anderson

Courtney Lochner

Dennis Day

Fredric Meek

Julie Tallard Johnson

Lindsey Griffin

Mary Casey Diana

Melissa Olson-Petrie

Agate Nesaule

Gary Jones

Jacob Boyd

Jan Bosman

Lolita Ditzler

Michelle Shappell Harris

Susanne Markgren

Tricia Friesen Reed

Victoria Clayton

Audrie Bretl Roelf

Candace Armstrong

Erika Mueller

Jan Bosman

Jerome Buhman

Jon Ballard

Judith Zukerman

Richard King Perkins II

Sara Burr

Shoshauna Shy

Corey Hoppenrath

Yvette Viets Flaten

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Midwest Review depends upon the support of readers and writers like you who recognize the value of supporting the arts in general and the writing and visual art of the Midwest in particular.

In the fall of 2020, UW-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies discontinued their long-standing writing program and with it, their support and publication of Midwest Review. The magazine continues currently as a self-supported entity unaffiliated with UW-Madison and is in search of a new home. 

If you know of a university or other organization or individual in the Midwest that might be interested in publishing an established, nationally-recognized, and award-winning literary magazine, please contact Christopher Chambers at christopher.chambers@wisc.edu.

You can help ensure that the magazine continues to thrive and serve readers and writers by making a tax-deductible donation or by simply purchasing an issue. 

Thank you for your support!