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The Good Life Review was co-founded in the spring of 2020 by Shyla Shehan and Ed Vogel, both of whom envisioned creating an online literary journal that would be edited and operated by fellow graduates and candidates of the MFA in Writing program at the University of Nebraska. Our group of writers, editors, and designers came together to craft a space intended to shine a light on the diversity that exists in the Midwest and beyond. Based out of Omaha, Nebraska—astride the often unnoticed—we know there are a myriad of voices who call the regions surrounding us home. The Good Life Review is committed to exploring the overlooked. Our mission is to lift up the strange, the daring, and the underrepresented and reveal complexities hidden in the Heartland and beyond. We seek to elevate writing that takes risks and challenges perceptions, writing that haunts long after the last line.
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essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation
Our general submission guidelines are as follows: Work must be original and previously unpublished. Our editors read submissions blindly and do not select pieces for publications based on the established reputation, origin, or experience of the author. To maintain this standard, submission files must not contain any information that would identify the author. This includes names, email addresses, etc. Submissions that do not follow this guideline will be declined without consideration. We pay $55 per piece for writing published in the quarterly issue as of Issue #11 ~ Spring 2023. We pay $25 per piece for book reviews and pieces appearing in our “Monday Micro” segment. Though we are working on it, we are not able to offer payment for artwork at this time There is a $3 fee for submissions to the quarterly issue. This fee allows us to use Submittable and our web platform. The fee for our annual Honeybee Prize is $15-$18, which is used to support the prize payout. If you have issue with the fee because of financial hardship, please send a message via our contact page. There is currently no fee for submitting art, book reviews or pieces to be considered for the “Micro Monday” segment. We will respond to all submitted work. It may take from one to six months depending on when in the reading period the work is submitted. Artwork and book reviews may remain open for the duration of a calendar year. Thank you in advance for your patience. We only accept submissions via Submittable. No exceptions.
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
1 - 6 months
Each year we run the Honeybee Prize in Literature with cash prizes and honey from the Midwest. Details on our contest page.
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