Michigan Quarterly Review: Now Seeking Submissions

Written by Ella Peary | January 28, 2016

Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary journal publishing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as critical essays addressing social, cultural, political, and literary topics. Eclectic, thought provoking, and refined, Michigan Quarterly Review aims to spark the intellect of its bright-minded readers.

They publish work by contemporary cornerstones—Joyce Carol Oats, John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Carol Gilligan, Toni Morrison, and more—as well as dynamic younger authors like Sharon Pomerantz, Keith Haworth, Michael Byers, and Benjamin Busch.

They also include work by at least one previously unpublished author in each issue. In addition to a sophisticated literary lineup, the Review also showcases prominent scholars, essayist, and intellectuals like Leah Price, Esther Schor, and Lynn Levin.

With so many vital minds evaluating the cultural pulse, they sometimes produce special editions addressing current social and political matters, such as their 2009 special, Bookishness: The New Fate of Reading in the Digital Age. To get a sense of what they publish, you can read excerpts of the Review online.

Michigan Quarterly Review is published four times a year—winter, spring, summer, and fall—in print and in digital format as a PDF. Each issue contains work from around fifteen authors. They accept submissions year-round.

Poets may submit up to twelve poems. Fiction and nonfiction authors may submit manuscripts of 1,500 to 7,000 words. The average published manuscript is around 5,000 words. Michigan Quarterly Review only accepts submissions by post, not online or via email. They accept simultaneous submissions, but they do not accept previously published work.

Michigan Quarterly Review offers several annual prizes to contributors, including the Lawrence Foundation Prize of $1,000 to the author of the best short story and the Lawrence Goldstein Prize of $500 to the author of the best poem or group of poems. They also offer the Page Davidson Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets: $500 to the best poet who has yet to publish a book.

If you’d like to learn more or submit to Michigan Quarterly Review, please visit their website at http://www.michiganquarterlyreview.com/submissions/