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Regular Submission Periods:

January 15 – April 15
August 1 – November 30

Average turnaround time is four to six months. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Writers are advised to inspect a back copy of the journal (available for $4) or our archives before submitting work.


Poetry: Submissions, whether of one poem or several, should not exceed a total of 8-12 pages.

Prose: Manuscripts should be double-spaced, right margins not justified. 1,500 words minimum, 5,000 average, 7,000 maximum.

We charge a nominal fee of $3 for online 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.


Submissions for the print journal via mail, email, or fax cannot be accepted and will not be read.

If you have a pitch for an essay, interview, or book review for MQR Online, please contact our Online Editor, Rachel Farrell, at (Please note that MQR does not have in-house reviewers for new books; online content is submitted to the editor on a freelance basis.)