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$15.00 USD

Submit up to 10 pages of poetry (one poem or several; one poem per page). Simultaneous submissions are okay; let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Previously unpublished submissions only. Entries must be submitted online via Submittable. 

$500 prize and publication in Midwest Review for the winning poem. All entries will be considered for publication.

Contest Selection Process & Guidelines

1st Round: Blind Read by MR Editorial Staff with 10 finalists forwarded to contest judge.

2nd Round: Blind Read by Contest Judge (TBA). 

Judge will select winner from a group of finalists chosen by Midwest Review editorial staff. 

CLMP Code of Ethics

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.