5 Midwestern Literary Journals That Want Your Writing


By Lorraine Boissoneault

You’ve spent months researching, writing, and editing your work. It’s the best you can make it, and you’re ready to send it into the world. But where? In anticipation of our #CWC2016 session on the submission process, we’ve rounded up five stellar Midwestern literary journals and detailed how to send work their way. Just remember – it’s always best to familiarize yourself with the style of each journal before you go on a submission spree.

  • Midwest Review (submissions open now thru Nov. 30, 2016) This magazine that explores life in the Midwest is published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They accept fiction and nonfiction prose up to 5,000 words; poetry; and photography/art. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and each electronic submission requires a $5.00 fee. More info on guidelines here.
  • TriQuarterly (submissions open Oct. 15 thru May 1) Published by Northwestern University, TriQuarterly features stories that explore the world and global issues. They accept fiction and nonfiction up to 5,000 words; poetry; and hybrid work. Interviews and craft essays are accepted year-round. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and each submission requires a small fee. More on guidelines here.
  • Kenyon Review (submissions open Sept. 15 thru Nov. 1, 2016) The Ohio-based journal is known for publishing such writers as Flannery O’Connor, Amitav Ghosh, Maya Angelou, and Louise Erdrich. They accept short stories and essays up to 7,500 words; plays; poetry; excerpts from longer works; and translations. Simultaneous submissions accepted through their electronic submission manager. More detailed guidelines here.
  • Chicago Review (submissions reopen October 1, 2016) For more than 50 years, the journal has published fiction, poetry, and criticism. They accept poetry, fiction of up to 5,000 words, and nonfiction – but ask that nonfiction writers query editors first. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they’re indicated in the cover letter. More detailed guidelines here.
  • Missouri Review (submissions open year-round) Editors of the magazine sift through 12,000 submissions each year to find new and emerging writers. They accept poetry, fiction of any length (though pieces longer than 9,000 words are rarely published), and essays. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and submissions can be sent online or through mail. More details here.

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