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Submission are open August-December and January-April. 

Submissions for the Print Journal:

Regular submissions for the print journal are accepted from January 15 to April 15, 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. 

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

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.

Payment is $100 for prose and $25 for poetry.submit

Submissions for MQR Online:

Submit author interviews, book reviews, craft essays, and general nonfiction related to arts & culture. Essays should not be longer than 3,000 words. If there are photos to accompany your piece, please make a note in your cover letter. 

Payment is $30 per piece.

Please note that we are not currently reading fiction or poetry for this category.

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We do charge a fee for submissions. We believe this is roughly comparable to the printing and postage costs associated with sending work by mail. This fee also helps support the publication of MQR. We welcome 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.