Standard Submissions:

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished and should be typed, double-spaced, with standard 1" margins and size 12 Times New Roman font.

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).

Contest Submissions:

Submitters for the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in poetry are to adhere to the same standards as above, barring the 5-poem maximum. Submissions to be considered for the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize should be exactly three poems, no fewer and no more, with a maximum length of 15 pages.

Submitters for the Chris O'Malley prize in fiction are to follow the same standards as listed above.

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 submitted through the new art folder. Please read all guidelines under category. Please include a cover letter.



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 The finest unpublished short story (30 page max), and the finest group of three unpublished poems will be awarded $1,000 with publication in the issue of The Madison Review.

The Madison Review accepts contest submissions from September 1st through November 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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