2019-2020 Poetry and Fiction Awards

Work for the awards is accepted year round; if received between contest seasons, it will be held for the next year’s competition. The deadline for 2019-2020 is December 15, 2019.

The 2019-2020 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award
First Prize: $1,000 and publication
Finalists: Notation, possible publication

Final Judge: TBA

The 2019-2020 James Wright Poetry Award
First Prize: $1000 and publication
Finalists: Notation, possible publication

Final Judge: TBA

Contest Fee: $10 for 1 story of up to 6000 words or up to 3 poems. You may submit online or by post. If submitting online, please be sure to select the correct contest for your genre designation (Sherwood Anderson or James Wright), rather than selecting Poetry or Fiction. If submitting by post, please make checks and money orders payable to Mid-American Review. Our prize for each contest is $1000 and publication of our winner. All participants receive the issue in which our winners are printed!

The contests are for previously unpublished work only–if the work has appeared in print or online, or has been contracted for such, it is ineligible and will be disqualified. Manuscripts and intro material need not be left anonymous. Close contacts (students, friends, family) of the judge in a particular contest may not submit to that contest.

Due to COVID-19 our 2019-2020 Award have yet to be announced.

The 2018-2019 Awards

Our congratulations to Chris Morgan, author of “A Short History of Violence,” winner of the 2018-2019 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, and Mark Wagenaar, author of “Psalm XXXI,” winner of the 2018-2019 James Wright Poetry Award.

Their works appear in issue 39.2, available now!

Thank you to our 2018-2019 judges, Phong Nguyen and Alan Michael Parker!

Additional Information

All queries regarding the contests can be directed to the MAR Staff.

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