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NOTE: Beginning December 1, 2017, MQR will only be accepting submissions online via Submittable.

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 to twelve 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.


Although we strongly prefer online submissions, we do still accept submissions by mail. 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. If a manuscript is accepted for publication, we will ask for an electronic version (please make sure we have your email address).

Mailed submissions may be sent to:

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

Submissions via email or fax cannot be accepted and will not be read.

We do not accept blog submissions via Submittable. If you have a pitch for the MQR Blog, please contact our Online Editor, Rachel Farrell, at