Midway Journal

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Midway Journal accepts submissions of aesthetically ambitious work that invokes the colliding and converging energies of the fairgrounds. Midway Journal seeks to publish a variety of styles and diverse voices. We especially welcome marginalized voices and authors from underrepresented communities to submit. We strongly encourage writers to read a few issues of the journal before submitting.

Social Media Platforms Used
IG (@the_midway_journal_); FB @midwayjournal; Twitter (@PennelRalph)
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Ralph Pennel
Contact Title
Editor-In-Chief/Fiction Editor
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, translation, audio, video, gr_novel
Representative Authors
Michael Kleber-Diggs, Kim Chinquee, Michael Martone
Submissions Policy
Midway accepts fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, interviews, mixed-media (www.midwayjournal.com/Submissions.html for complete guidelines)
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 01 / 01 - 05 / 31
Reporting Time
3 - 6 months
Author Payments
-1000 Below Flash Prose and Poetry Contest March 1-June 1 (annually) https://midwayjournal.com/contest/
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Average Print Run
N/A (we are an online entity only)
Total Circulation
We are an online entity only
Paid Subscriptions
Single Copy Price
Total Number Of Issues Published
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
5% roughly
Average Number Of Pages
Ralph Pennel
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I am one of the four founding editors of Midway. I have been the only fiction editor in Midway's 16+ years of publishing. I became Editor-In-Chief by virtue of experience and my longevity at the journal.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
It is always a good idea to make your letter personal by giving some indication that you have spent time with the journal. Or, for fun, make your letter interesting. Surprise us. Who knows, we might publish it. We have before . . .
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
We use Submittable, so once the work is submitted it is assigned to a reader who votes on it. If it survives the first read, it is assigned to more readers and so on, until it is ultimately either accepted or rejected. We read everything.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
First and foremost, we are looking for work that is language driven and form forward. We are first looking for work that is aesthetically ambitious and willing to explore the boundaries between genres, or even ignore them altogether.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Read a couple of issues before submitting. See if you think your work is a good fit for the journal.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
In our first call for submissions for our very first issue, we received a video story on a compact disc. We hadn't planned for video content, especially a story in video format. We knew immediately we had stumbled on to something important.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Our ideal reader appreciates ambitious aesthetics, a variety of style, and diverse voices from new and established writers alike. They seek out work that bends genres, and work by marginalized voices and authors from underrepresented communities.