Review: Moon City Review

Written by Emily Harstone | May 22, 2013

Moon City Review recently reopened to submissions. They publish short stories, non-fiction, and poetry. They are a print journal, well bound, and with an excellent taste in artwork. They are based in the Ozarks and some of what they publish concerns the region, but the bulk of the fiction and poetry they publish is unrelated to the Ozarks. Most of the authors that they publish are from outside the Ozarks and they are open to submissions from anywhere in the world.

Moon City Review is established and has a good reputation. They are published once a year through the University of Arkansas Press, even though the Review itself is edited by creative writing faculty and students from Missouri State University.

They accept less then 5% of the work that is submitted to them. Their response time is not ideal. It generally takes them up to three months to respond to submissions. This response time is even slower in the summer months due to the academic nature of this journal. Slow response times are common among academic journals, so this is not unusual.

Moon City Review does not pay their authors generally, however they are currently running a fiction contest. The contest is open to submission until the 1st of October, 2013. The contest costs $25 to enter, but if you win the prize is$ 1,000, and publication in the Moon City Review, plus of course, bragging rights. Three additional finalists will be named and published. The short story should be between 35,000 and 65,000 words.

Moon City Review accepts regular submissions through Submittable. They do not charge a reading fee for any of the non contest based submissions. They expect a cover letter when you submit. All work accepted this year will be published in 2014.

In conclusion Moon City is a great journal with an exciting contest opportunity. You can submit at their website: http://mooncitypress.com/mcr/