To bring more visibility to the flourishing crop of Midwestern writers who consistently produce work that is innovative, engaging, finely crafted, and strong in voice, New American Press releases a new volume of recently published work from the Midwest each year.
New Poetry from the Midwest and New Fiction from the Midwest currently alternate publication every other year. To find out deadlines and other details, check the most updated information at our online submission manager, Submittable.
“Midwestern” is a term both vague and diverse in meaning, and we will seize on these qualities as we gather the best work from the Midwest. We want stories and 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 traditions.
What counts as work from the Midwest? We welcome writers 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, or Wisconsin. We also welcome work by writers addressing any of these states, or the region as a whole. If you believe there’s something about you or your writing that resonates with the Midwest, we’re probably interested.
Contributors receive complimentary copies, a 50% discount on future copies, and the opportunity to be further recognized with a $100 Heartland Poetry Prize or the Jay Prefontaine Heartland Fiction Prize.
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