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New American Poetry Prize deadline is February 15! $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge is Sara Gelston. See m...
01/07/2019

New American Poetry Prize deadline is February 15! $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge is Sara Gelston. See more details at the link below.

2019 New American Poetry Prize deadline is FEBRUARY 15. $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge: Sara Gelston, author of Odette (DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press). Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. www.newamericanpress.com/contests/poetry2019.php

New Poetry from the Midwest anthology is accepting submissions until April 15!
01/07/2019

New Poetry from the Midwest anthology is accepting submissions until April 15!

New American Press is very pleased to announce open submissions for New Poetry from the Midwest, a biennial anthology of super great poems that have been published in, by, and/or about the Midwestern region of the United States. Learn more at our easy and convenient Submittable page. https://newamericanpress.submittable.com/submit

Congratulations to Sarah Aronson of Missoula, MT, recently named winner of the 2018 New American Poetry Prize! Her poetr...
09/18/2018

Congratulations to Sarah Aronson of Missoula, MT, recently named winner of the 2018 New American Poetry Prize! Her poetry collection, AND OTHER BODILESS POWERS, will be published in 2019.

Submissions for the the 2019 New American Poetry Prize, to be judged by Sara Gelston, are open until January 15. To learn more, visit http://www.newamericanpress.com/contests/poetry2019.php

We're very excited to announce that Andrew Grace has selected AND OTHER BODILESS POWERS, by Sarah Aronson of Missoula, MT, to receive the 2018 New American Poetry Prize! Sarah will receive $1,000 and the collection will be published in 2019.

EXTENDED DEADLINE for the the 2019 New American Poetry Prize, to be judged by Sara Gelston, is FEBRUARY 15. To learn more, visit http://www.newamericanpress.com/contests/poetry2019.php

08/02/2018

We've been pretty quiet for awhile, but are excited to announce that a new issue featuring the best work we published online in 2017 will be available soon.

Great Lakes Review
08/02/2018

Great Lakes Review

Mayday Magazine
07/30/2018
Mayday Magazine

Mayday Magazine

We're pleased to announce the launch of MAYDAY #13, featuring Ruth Awad's conversation with poet and critic Hanif Abdurraqib about pop culture, barbershops, the joy of a single pillow, and the celebration of forgiveness. Also new fiction, poetry, essays, and translations by Tom Larsen, Janette Schafer, Ignacio Ortiz Monasterio, Katherine Riegel, Murad Jalilov, and more. http://www.maydaymagazine.com/issue13cover.php

2018 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE. Winner receives $1,000 and a publication contract. Extended deadline: JULY 1, 2018. All...
06/05/2018

2018 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE. Winner receives $1,000 and a publication contract. Extended deadline: JULY 1, 2018. All full-length fiction manuscripts welcome, including novels, novellas, collections of stories and/or novellas, as well as hybrid forms. John McNally will serve as final judge. https://newamericanpress.submittable.com/submit/109400/2018-new-american-fiction-prize

2018 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE. Deadline tomorrow: JULY 2. Winner receives $1,000 and a publication contract. All full-length fiction manuscripts welcome, including novels, novellas, collections of stories and/or novellas, as well as hybrid forms. John McNally will serve as final judge. https://newamericanpress.submittable.com/submit/109400/2018-new-american-fiction-prize

A portrait of a Midwestern farming community from Christopher Lee Miles: http://greatlakesreview.org/prologue-to-green-r...
01/12/2018
Prologue to Green River

A portrait of a Midwestern farming community from Christopher Lee Miles:

http://greatlakesreview.org/prologue-to-green-river/

BY CRISTOPHER LEE MILES The village of Green River is inhabited by two groups, insiders and outsiders. The insiders move. No matter which direction they travel, it is always away from reflection, away from thought. As a result, they live sane lives. They are deliberate. The boxes of their calendars�...

A Detroit hustler, capitalism and Snagglepuss converge in this short story by Joseph Harris: http://greatlakesreview.org...
01/06/2018
Exit…Stage Left

A Detroit hustler, capitalism and Snagglepuss converge in this short story by Joseph Harris:

http://greatlakesreview.org/exit-stage-left/

BY JOSEPH HARRIS My Uncle Mark was the black sheep on my Mom’s side. He moved to Windsor during Vietnam, saying, “Good luck with that bullsh*t war – I wanna live.” When he got back he hustled the pool sharks at some east side Ferndale bar and made so much money that he bought a…

A woman kills a bear AND wins the election in Tamara Dean's short story, "Incumbent." http://greatlakesreview.org/incumb...
12/28/2017
Incumbent

A woman kills a bear AND wins the election in Tamara Dean's short story, "Incumbent."

http://greatlakesreview.org/incumbent/

BY TAMARA DEAN On election night, Dory sat in front of the TV eating the gamey, greasy stew from the night before. Her name and Falk’s jockeyed on screen—Dory ahead by three, Falk closing in. Margins stayed in her favor, but Dory didn’t relax. She lifted the spoon and chewed the stew—meat, c...

http://greatlakesreview.org/michigan-matter/
11/19/2017
Michigan over Matter

http://greatlakesreview.org/michigan-matter/

BY BETH PETERSON Three months in Michigan and suddenly I’m writing knock-off poems in my head I turn off lights that were never on I prepare for a time change five weeks in advance I watch a long line of men, shovels in hand, pitching it into the night and I think maybe one day…

http://greatlakesreview.org/carp-at-the-gates/
11/18/2017
Carp at the Gates

http://greatlakesreview.org/carp-at-the-gates/

BY RENNY GOLDEN They have been swimming for years silver and fat, gulping everything until they can leap beyond themselves, beyond breath, into a brightness that pierces them as if for moments they meet God who kisses them, but if they linger in their spinning jump they will die of God, of blue…

http://greatlakesreview.org/fall-football/
11/15/2017
Fall football in the leaves

http://greatlakesreview.org/fall-football/

BY BETH PETERSON It’s a sweatpants day Phil launches the football into my memory the slant of the light there is red, not the red of a match-just-struck but something cleaner where runs always crunch into quarter sand what we forgive is the cool air with hot cocoa…

Paul Doty compares the landscapes and characters in Jim Harrison's "Sundog" and Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" in th...
11/09/2017
Life is Unbearably Vivid: An Essay on Sundog by Jim Harrison and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Paul Doty compares the landscapes and characters in Jim Harrison's "Sundog" and Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" in this new essay.

http://greatlakesreview.org/life-is-unbearably-vivid-an-essay-on-sundog-by-jim-harrison-and-wuthering-heights-by-emily-bronte/

BY PAUL DOTY In a 2016 New York Times Book Review interview Jim Harrison responded to a question about his favorite fictional heroes and villains with, “My original favorite fictional hero was Heathcliff in Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights.’”[1] In Heathcliff Bronte creates one of literature’s quintessen...

"Sitting Guard," a short story by Victor Walker. http://greatlakesreview.org/sitting-guard/
11/02/2017
Sitting Guard

"Sitting Guard," a short story by Victor Walker.

http://greatlakesreview.org/sitting-guard/

BY VICTOR WALKER Some days are better than others, some days are worse than others, some days just are. This was going to be one of those better days, I hoped. Did I resent my mother’s remarrying? It was Dr. Runner who suggested that I write down my feelings between sessions. So that’s what…

http://greatlakesreview.org/coven-small-town/
11/01/2017
A Coven in a Small Town

http://greatlakesreview.org/coven-small-town/

BY CAREY MILLSAP-SPEARS meets every Thursday night across from the pizza joint and the all-night gas station. One-by-one, they enter a run-down strip mall space and suck in the flavored-smoke slinking off the incense stick. Behind the industrial-glass door, the coven gathers in secret to learn the o...

A Narrative Map poem from Ashtabula, Ohio: http://greatlakesreview.org/ashtabula-ohio-the-biker/
10/21/2017
Ashtabula, Ohio: The Biker

A Narrative Map poem from Ashtabula, Ohio:

http://greatlakesreview.org/ashtabula-ohio-the-biker/

BY ELIZABETH DEVORE This poem is part of the Great Lakes Review’s Narrative Map project. The bike wobbles as he turns his head to say hello to the girl and her dog and the handlebars swerve the way they do the first time the training wheels come off, but he’s been riding for seventy years now.…

"Settings" by Larry Narronhttp://greatlakesreview.org/settings/
10/18/2017
Settings

"Settings" by Larry Narron

http://greatlakesreview.org/settings/

BY LARRY NARRON 1. TURN Someone insists there's a setting for making the pages sound as if my fingers were turning them. 2. VOICE CONTROL A grandfather clock strikes low under my tongue, dissolves crushed syllables poured into capsules. 3. SLEEP MODE Once, I dreamed I was a connoisseur of misfortu...

Jennifer Stanley compares Lake Superior with the Atlantic Ocean in our newest Narrative Map sketch: "True, there are obv...
10/18/2017
Marquette, Michigan: Pristine Inland Sea

Jennifer Stanley compares Lake Superior with the Atlantic Ocean in our newest Narrative Map sketch:

"True, there are obvious similarities between the two bodies, which share vast breadth, unending horizons, but each has unique aspects, better appreciated after experience of the other. The fact that the sea is salt water, the lake fresh, is a difference which is a source of many others, for example, scent. Superior, though it has its own fishy ambience, does not overpower with pungent brine. To the panoramic view, colors differ, the sea being more aqua green than Superior’s robin egg or cobalt blue."

http://greatlakesreview.org/marquette-michigan-pristine-inland-sea/

BY JENNIFER STANLEY This essay is part of the Great Lakes Review’s Narrative Map project. As a lifelong resident of Marquette, Michigan, located on the south shore of Lake Superior, I consider myself fortunate. Wherever I have lived in the city, I have been only moments from the lake, able to see it...

"What the Lake Said," by John Bradleyhttp://greatlakesreview.org/what-the-lake-said/
10/16/2017
What the Lake Said

"What the Lake Said," by John Bradley

http://greatlakesreview.org/what-the-lake-said/

BY JOHN BRADLEY I once lived in a house made of frozen blocks of Lake Superior. You trained a muskrat to walk on a leash and recite poetry. Each time I gave our address it came out with a frozen fish. When the landlord knocked on the door, we hid in the bathtub giggling. We…

"Excuses Minnesota Child Uses To Get Out of Swim Lessons While Going Through Her Fear-Of-Water-And-Obsessed-with Dying-B...
10/15/2017
Excuses Minnesota Child Uses to Get Out of Swim Lessons While Going Through Her Fear-of-Water-and-Obsessed-with-Dying-Before-She’s-Ready Phase

"Excuses Minnesota Child Uses To Get Out of Swim Lessons While Going Through Her Fear-Of-Water-And-Obsessed-with Dying-Before-She's-Ready Phase," a poem by Ash Goedker.

http://greatlakesreview.org/excuses-minnesota-child/

BY ASH GOEDKER Last time you said there’s cabins north nowhere near water or heaven, or me – Ever hear of the Boundary Waters Lake of the Woods Lake Winnibigoshish Child Lake Lake Watch Me Do a Flip You Can’t Make Me Lake Lake Looks Like a Lady Grave Lake Holy Name Lake Ice Cracking Lake…

The Children's Blizzard, by Ash Goedkerhttp://greatlakesreview.org/childrens-blizzard/
10/14/2017
The Children’s Blizzard

The Children's Blizzard, by Ash Goedker

http://greatlakesreview.org/childrens-blizzard/

– January 12, 1888 BY ASH GOEDKER “jaw firm, talus and tarsus intact: the body’s perfect alphabet beneath the snow.” – Corrie Williamson, “Remains” I. Some mornings we never expect the devil out for our chimneys: days in January sun warms the Midwest, dissolving winter. Everyone out of their soddies...

Our Father, a poem by Ash Goedkerhttp://greatlakesreview.org/our-father/
10/02/2017
Our Father

Our Father, a poem by Ash Goedker

http://greatlakesreview.org/our-father/

BY ASH GOEDKER (who many debate art in some version of heaven and on earth) give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our capering. This city blushes when it gets ahold of the hands of another night, when it wears dawn like the tulle it was cut out to wear. Father, forgive those…

We plan on shutting down submissions tomorrow, Oct. 1 until the new year in order to start piecing together our 2017 iss...
09/30/2017
SUBMISSIONS

We plan on shutting down submissions tomorrow, Oct. 1 until the new year in order to start piecing together our 2017 issue. So get them in while you can.

http://greatlakesreview.org/submit/

We seek short fictions, essays and poems that have some relationship to the Great Lakes region. The work should be set here or written by writers living in the region.

A poem from Laurinda Lind. http://greatlakesreview.org/first-walk/
09/29/2017
First Walk

A poem from Laurinda Lind.

http://greatlakesreview.org/first-walk/

BY LAURINDA LIND The first day we drove down to Syracuse to put an hour between us and everyone else and talk about what the hell was happening. Walked in a park, pulled out the reasons we shouldn’t and it was something you said, there was a tree behind you, it was spring and…

"Last night, I remembered playing pitch dark hide and seek in a muddy field, a ruined pair of Air Max 95s, and the joy o...
09/26/2017
Squelch

"Last night, I remembered playing pitch dark hide and seek in a muddy field, a ruined pair of Air Max 95s, and the joy of black college freshmen running fearless through the night"

From the short essay, Squelch, by Athena Dixon.

http://greatlakesreview.org/squelch/

BY ATHENA DIXON Last night, I remembered playing pitch dark hide and seek in a muddy field, a ruined pair of Air Max 95s, and the joy of black college freshmen running fearless through the night. I am certain I will never again find that exact pair of sneakers. I’ve seen the blue, orange, and…

What Work Isn't, a poem by Tracy Mishkinhttp://greatlakesreview.org/what-work-isnt/
08/18/2017
What Work Isn’t

What Work Isn't, a poem by Tracy Mishkin

http://greatlakesreview.org/what-work-isnt/

BY TRACY MISHKIN You’re building a machine that turns everything into a joke. Pallets, clotheslines, odd bits of hose. Every project half-finished or never quite begun. How is sodden carpet worth saving? I yank weeds, snatch black plastic mats, and load the wheelbarrow again. Sweat spatters my glass...

Mount Francis, a Narrative Map poem from Windsor, Ontario by Cassandra Caverhill. http://greatlakesreview.org/windsor-on...
08/17/2017
Windsor, Ontario: Mount Francis

Mount Francis, a Narrative Map poem from Windsor, Ontario by Cassandra Caverhill.

http://greatlakesreview.org/windsor-ontario-mount-francis/

BY CASSANDRA CAVERHILL This essay is part of the Great Lakes Review’s Narrative Map project. For fourteen weeks the grasses grew so high they turned to accidental prairies. The union tossed bottles and wire hangers into the parks to stop residents from mowing down their wages, confronting scabs in t...

A Dream in which a Coonhound Reckons the World by George Kalamaras: An acrostic Redbone Coonhound poem: http://greatlake...
08/15/2017
Dream in Which a Coonhound Reckons the World

A Dream in which a Coonhound Reckons the World by George Kalamaras: An acrostic Redbone Coonhound poem:

http://greatlakesreview.org/dream-in-which-a-coonhound-reckons-the-world/

an acrostic Redbone Coonhound poem BY GEORGE KALAMARAS Ran into the woods, dream after dream, easily lost in the sorrow-well of human dross. Damned if I didn’t find me a hound, backwoods-bred, Scottish red, calling my name, ordinary-like, as if it was natural for a dog to speak— not with the mouth b...

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