• Mid-American Review would like to extend its warmest sympathies to anyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to quarantine Mid-American Review has not been able to meet in person since early March, delaying our reading and our publication schedule. We appreciate your patience during this time as we consider how to publish our issue safely.
  • Due to the uncertainty around the endurance of quarantine Winter Wheat Fest will likely go virtual, but we are still considering all possibilities. We are open for workshop proposals. If you are interested in submitting a workshop proposal please consider how your workshop would work either in person or virtually. We are committed to providing accessibility to all our participants so please consider captions, transcriptions, and image descriptions in your proposals. Previous participants: Look out for opportunities to provide feedback and ideas.
  • We will be announcing our 2019-2020 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, and James Wright Poetry Award winners soon! See these works in issue 40.2, coming soon.
  • The 2020 Fineline Competition is now underway! Please send us your work by June 30th to be judged for the 2020 year—any work received after the deadline will be held for the following year. Note: when submitting make sure to choose “Fineline” under “genre.”
  • A note on poetry submissions: We are presently backlogged. Our staff is reading over a six-month stretch of submissions at any given time. 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.

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.