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Regular Submission Periods:

January 15 – April 15
June 1 – 30
August 1 – November 30

Average turnaround time is six weeks. 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 eight pages.

Prose: Manuscripts should be double-spaced. We typically run short stories and essays that are a minimum of 1,500 words, an average of 5,000 words, and a maximum of 7,000 words.

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