Winner receives a publication contract, including $1,200 and 25 author's copies.

Submission deadline is June 15, 2019.

All full-length fiction manuscripts are welcome, including but not limited to novels, novellas, novels in verse, collections of stories and/or novellas, linked collections, and full-length collections of flash fiction or short-shorts, as well as hybrid and emerging forms.

Full-length fiction manuscripts tend to be at least 100 pages. There is no maximum length.

It is common for portions of a collection or individual chapters from a novel to have been published previously. No problem.

The New American Fiction Prize is open to international submissions. Writers from all countries are eligible and encourged to submit their work.

Judy Mitchell 

Final judge this year is JUDITH CLAIRE MITCHELL, author of the novels The Last Day of the War and A Reunion of Ghosts. Her work has received the Edna Ferber Fiction Award and been a finalist for The National Jewish Book Award and Hadassah’s Harold U. Ribalow Prize. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the  Michener-Copernicus Society of America, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and Bread Loaf, among others. Formerly a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison  where she taught undergraduate and graduate fiction-writing workshops in the Department of English, helped found and run the MFA Program in  Creative Writing, and directed the Program in Creative Writing, Judy currently resides in Madison with her husband, the artist Don Friedlich. 


We read manuscripts blind, so please exclude identifying information from the manuscript itself. All necessary contact information is included in your Submittable file.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged. Please contact us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

This listing is for poets submitting their own work to New Poetry from the Midwest. Journals, magazines, and writing programs submitting work should use the other listing.

The New Poetry from the Midwest anthology seeks to support and spotlight the flourishing crop of Midwestern writers who consistently produce work that is innovative, finely crafted, and strong in voice and the ability to connect.

We do not intend to create a collection that presents our region as possessing a singular style or narrow range of content. “Midwestern” is a term that is vague and diverse in meaning, and we wish to seize on that. Send us poems that you love and are proud of: explosively or subtly powerful, committed to their own vision, sure-footed in their language. We want poems with heart. We also want to explode the generally accepted notions of what the Midwest is and what Midwestern writing is, while honoring its rich and long-standing tradition(s).  

What counts as poetry of the Midwest? We welcome poets who currently live in, pursued an education in, or were born in one of the following twelve states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and poets writing about any of these states, or the region as a whole.  

Submission guidelines: For the 2019 New Poetry from the Midwest anthology, any poem published in 2016, 2017, or 2018 is eligible for submission. Literary journals and writing programs can submit up to three poems at no charge, and poets can submit up to three poems for a $3.00 reading fee. Multiple submissions are permitted, but each 3-poem packet must be accompanied by a separate $3.00 reading fee. 

Reading fees go toward production of the anthology and three $100 Heartland Poetry Prizes. The Heartland Prize this year will be judged by William Evans, author of Still Can't Do My Daughter's Hair (Button Poetry, 2017). William founded the Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam (2008) and is currently editor-in-chief of blacknerdproblems.com. His poems appear or are forthcoming in joint literary journal, Winter Tangerine, Radius, Union Station Magazine, Freezeray Poetry, and other online publications. 

We will select fifty poets for the anthology, and all contributors will receive one complimentary copy and a 50% discount on additional copies.

Submission period closes on April 15, 2019.

This listing is for journals, magazines, and writing programs submitting work to New Poetry from the Midwest. Poets submitting their own work should use the other listing.

The New Poetry from the Midwest anthology seeks to support and spotlight the flourishing crop of Midwestern writers who consistently produce work that is innovative, finely crafted, and strong in voice and the ability to connect.

We do not intend to create a collection that presents our region as possessing a singular style or narrow range of content. “Midwestern” is a term that is vague and diverse in meaning, and we wish to seize on that. Send us poems that you love and are proud of: explosively or subtly powerful, committed to their own vision, sure-footed in their language. We want poems with heart. We also want to explode the generally accepted notions of what the Midwest is and what Midwestern writing is, while honoring its rich and long-standing tradition(s).  

What counts as poetry of the Midwest? We welcome poets who currently live in, pursued an education in, or were born in one of the following twelve states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and poets writing about any of these states, or the region as a whole.  

Submission guidelines: For the 2019 New Poetry from the Midwest anthology, any poem published in 2016, 2017, or 2018 is eligible for submission. Literary journals and writing programs can submit up to three poems at no charge, and poets can submit up to three poems for a $3.00 reading fee. Proceeds go toward production of the anthology and three $100 Heartland Poetry Prizes.  

The Heartland Prize this year will be judged by William Evans, author of Still Can't Do My Daughter's Hair (Button Poetry, 2017). William founded the Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam (2008) and is currently editor-in-chief of blacknerdproblems.com. His poems appear or are forthcoming in joint literary journal, Winter Tangerine, Radius, Union Station Magazine, Freezeray Poetry, and other online publications. 

We will select fifty poets for the anthology, and all contributors will receive one complimentary copy and a 50% discount on additional copies.

Submission period closes on April 15, 2019.

New American Press