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Michigan Quarterly Review will soon be joining Submittable, which will allow us to accept electronic submissions for the first time.  (We will also continue to accept print submissions from those of you who would prefer to work with paper.)

Watch this space or follow us @MQR_tweets for announcements. In the meantime, we ask you to continue to follow our regular submission guidelines:

Michigan Quarterly Review reads submissions for the print journal year round. Writers are advised to inspect a back copy of the magazine (available for $4) or our archives before submitting work. At the moment, average turnaround time is twelve weeks.


Manuscripts should be double-spaced. We typically run short stories and essays that are a minimum of 1,500 words and a maximum of 7,000 words.


Submissions, whether of one poem or several, should not exceed a total of eight to twelve pages.

Submissions by email or fax cannot be accepted and will not be read. If a manuscript is accepted for publication, we will ask for an electronic version (please make sure we have your email address). Writers wishing to submit from countries without reliable mail service may email us for permission to send electronic submissions.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be enclosed for the return of a manuscript or for a reply. Authors who would like their manuscripts returned to them must include an envelope with sufficient postage and indicate in a cover letter that they want the manuscript returned. Otherwise, manuscripts will be recycled.

Please Mail Submissions To

Michigan Quarterly Review
0576 Rackham Bldg.
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

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There are presently no special issues in the works and thus no call for manuscripts on a specific subject. However, we are interested in reading your work for our general issues.