Manuscripts must be previously unpublished and should be typed, double-spaced, with standard 1" margins.

We consider short stories with a maximum of 30 pages.

We consider up to 5 poems with a combined 15 page maximum.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us of publication elsewhere.

Submissions should include a cover-letter complete with contact information and the name(s) of your story or poem(s).

A note on the submission fee:

Although we hate the idea of further burdening penniless poets, we have decided to charge two dollars per submission. Rest assured, the change we'll be collecting (about what you would have spent on postage) will be put to good use. Thanks for understanding. And your money.



Art submissions should be sent to Please include a cover letter/résumé and either a link to a website with images, or sample images.



The Madison Review annually hosts the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry and the Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction. The finest unpublished short story (30 page max), and the finest group of three unpublished poems (5 pages each max) will be awarded $1,000 with publication in an issue of The Madison Review.

The Madison Review accepts contest submissions from December 1st through February 1st.

Writers may submit one entry per genre (one short story and/or group of three poems). Updates on the contests can be found on our blog and our Twitter feed.

Please see the Madsion Review website for more information.

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