Mid-American Review: Submission Guidelines (Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction)

Written by Ella Peary | October 29, 2015

Mid-American Review is a longstanding international literary journal, started in 1981 at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Recognizing the power of literature to slow us from our daily movement and still our minds, they hope their publication will prompt us to contemplate ourselves, our world, and our place in it. In this way, they aim to foster personal growth in readers and societal growth through interpersonal peace. They are dedicated to nurturing writers by attentively considering their work, and encouraging them through sincere dialogue.

Mid-American Review publishes both new and established writers who author moving, wonder-inspiring work made with meticulous craft. They publish all styles of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from traditional to experimental, and prefer work that employs language as an artistic medium, painting layers of meaning that broaden beyond the author’s own mind.

Mid-American Review is published twice a year, in the spring and fall. Each issue contains work from about 25 authors. They accept submissions year-round, and submitting writers can expect a response within about one to five months.

Poets may submit up to six poems of any length. Fiction writers may submit one story, up to 6,000 words, or up to five shorts. Authors may query before submitting longer manuscripts or novel excerpts. Nonfiction writers may submit one essay, up to 6,000 words. Writers in all genres may submit translations accompanied by original text. Authors wishing to submit translations should follow the standard submissions guidelines for that genre. Mid-American Review also welcomes chapbook collections of 10 to 15 translated poems accompanied by an introduction, 300 to 500 words. Additionally, authors may query about submitting book reviews, generally around 400 words.

Mid-American Review accepts submissions online and by post, but not via email. They accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that authors immediately withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

If you’d like to learn more or submit to Mid-American Review, please visit their website at http://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/submit/