Ends on April 16, 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. Final Judge this year is Allison Joseph, author of What Keeps Us Here (1992), which won a John C. Zacharis First Book Award; Soul Train (1997); In Every Seam (1997); Imitation of Life (2003); Worldly Pleasures (2004); Voice: Poems (2009); My Father’s Kites (2010); and Confessions of a Barefaced Woman (forthcoming 2018).

We will select fifty poems 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.