Mid-American Review extends its warmest sympathies to anyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • We congratulate the winners of our contests! Bethany Kaylor won the 2019-2020 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award with “Ghost World.” Sarah Burke won the 2019-2020 James Wright Poetry Award with “Open Letter to Frida Kahlo.”  Rachel Morgan won the 2020 Fineline Competition with “They Go on Living.”
  • We have temporarily closed submissions for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction while we address our extensive backlog. Our apologies for the long wait. Please be aware that our submissions manager does not have an “in progress” function, thus your submission will say “received” until we have replied.
  • Due to our office and classroom structures, Mid-American Review has not been able to meet in person since early March 2020. We appreciate your patience during this time as we consider how to distribute our issue safely.

Mid-American Review is an international literary journal dedicated to our mission of publishing the best contemporary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and translations.

MAR is proud of its tradition of featuring the work of both new and established artists. Writers such as Carl Dennis, Rita Dove, Stephen Dunn, Linda Gregg, Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Levine, Mary Oliver, Richard Russo, William Stafford, James Tate, Melanie Rae Thon, David Foster Wallace, and C.K. Williams have all appeared in MAR. But MAR is also dedicated to introducing non-English speaking voices to our audience through our translation chapbook series.

Works that first appeared in MAR have been reprinted in The Best American PoetryThe Best American Short StoriesThe Best American Nonrequired ReadingThe Best American EssaysPushcart: Best of the Small PressesPrize Stories: The O. Henry AwardsNew Stories from the SouthPoetry Daily, and Harper’s Magazine.

MAR is published at Bowling Green State University through the cooperation of the Creative Writing Program, the Department of English, and the College of Arts and Sciences.