Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The people of Mid-American Review seek to publish works of fine literary art from a diverse body of artists. We are on the lookout for work that has the power to move and astonish us while displaying the highest level of craft. We dedicate ourselves to encouraging, nurturing, teaching, and learning from the writers we meet through careful consideration of their work and meaningful dialogue. The writers in each issue shall include both well established poets and authors and brand new voices.
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Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Bowling Green State University
Primary Editor/Contact Person
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, translation
Steve Almond, Denise Duhamel, Albert Goldbarth
Send previously unpublished work and a cover letter, 1-6 poems or 6,000 words of prose online or by post. We read work year-round. MAR contracts for first rights/North American Serial Rights.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
1 - 5 months
James Wright Poetry Award, Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, Fineline Competition for Short Shorts/Prose Poems
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Number Of Unpaid Staff
Average Print Run
Single Copy Price
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
6 - 9
Average Number Of Pages
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I was hired in 2012 by the Department of English at BGSU to teach creative writing, literature, and editing, and to lead MAR.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
We have genre head editors and assistant genre editors, supported by assistant editors, mostly grad students. Managing editor and tech editor positions are also filled by grad students and volunteers. Undergraduate interns assist in the office.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
We like to see full contact information and a list of what the submission contains. A brief bio of 25-50 words with education, select publications, and current job is fairly standard. If you've read something in MAR before that you particularly enjoy
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
All staff participate in reading submissions from our central online system, and pass on work to partners or to the full staff. Group meets at least once a week to read and discuss top submissions. Selections made collaboratively, though ultimately
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
MAR favors work with quirks, work which has strong craft attention but that also surprises or arrests. Overall attention to language, image, and character is important.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Be patient. We receive several thousand submissions a year, almost all unsolicited, and we give each one personal attention. We often get behind, but we are always reading.