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 look 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 starting in June. We are interested in new, diverse, and emerging voices. 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.

General submissions for Issue 8: June 1 – December 1, 2019. 

Great Midwest Writing Contest submissions: Deadline TBA.

Midwest Review is a publication of the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ISSN 2471-6871

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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'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 6,500 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 6,500 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 or 10 pages of poetry. 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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