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Special Issue: Persecution: Submissions Open until April 15

Guest Editor: Reginald Dwayne Betts

MQR is seeking submissions to a special issue focused on the struggles people around the world face with correctional, disciplinary, and punitive systems such as criminal justice, incarceration, occupation, immigration regimes, and political and social repression. We want to hear from voices that chronicle, engage and analyze the emergent rhetoric of persecution, and that shed light on its roots and the impact it has had on public discourse and the lives of individuals. We are looking for stories, poems, and essays that probe and narrate experiences of persecution as well as the spiritual, discursive, and political means of resisting social and institutional punishment, oppression and maltreatment.


General Submissions for the Print Journal: Open until April 15

Regular submissions for the print journal are accepted from January 15 to March 31 , and from August 1 to November 30. Average turnaround time is four to six months. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately via submittable if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Please do not submit previously published work, including work published on  a personal website or blog. Writers are advised to inspect a back copy of the journal or our archives before submitting work.

Prose submissions: Manuscripts should be double-spaced, right margins not justified; 1,500 words minimum, 5,000 average, 7,000 maximum. All stories accepted for publication will be passed on to a judge as finalists for the $2000 Lawrence Prize. There is no additional fee beyond submission.

Poetry submissions: Please submit in between 3-6 poems in one document, not to exceed a total of 12 pages.

Previous contributors: please wait one year after your work appears in the journal to submit to us again.

MQR is a paying market.

Submissions for MQR Online: Open until April 15

Submit author interviews, book reviews, craft essays, and arts & culture essays (please no poetry or fiction in this category). Submissions should not be longer than 3,000 words. If there are photos to accompany your piece, please make a note in your cover letter.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately via submittable if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Please do not submit previously published work, including work published on  a personal website or blog.

Payment is $30 per piece.


We do charge a fee for submissions. This fee helps support the publication of MQR and our commitment to compensating writers for their work. We welcome and regularly publish work from emerging writers. Poems published in MQR by emerging writers (those who have not yet published a full-length collection) will be considered as finalists for our Page Davidson Clayton Prize. 

MQR accepts mailed submissions from incarcerated individuals. Other submissions via mail, email, or fax cannot be accepted and will not be read.  If you are a writer for whom Submittable is  not accessible please email us at mqr@umich.edu for information on how to submit. 

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