We seek deeply human work that will teach us something about life, but also about the craft of writing or visual art; work that is original in its approach and that in some way moves us. Publishing and celebrating a diverse range of voices is important to us, so please include in your cover letter a brief bio (100-150 words) as you would like it to appear on our Contributors page. For more on what we are looking for in submissions, read an interview with our founding editor here.
We accept simultaneous submissions. However, please withdraw your work immediately should a piece you’ve submitted be accepted elsewhere. If you are withdrawing your entire submission, please log in to your Submittable account and click “withdraw.” If you are withdrawing only a part of your poetry or art submission, please add a note to your submission advising which piece(s) you are withdrawing. We strive to respond to all submissions within 2 months. You can track your submission with Duotrope.
We also offer a feedback request service, which features written feedback from a senior editor for a fee. Please submit under the appropriate category. Work submitted to this service is not considered for publication. Writers are welcome to submit to Mud Season Review during reading periods.
We do not accept mailed submissions, emailed submissions, multiple submissions, or anything that has previously appeared in print or online (including on your personal blog or website, artwork excepted). We do not accept translations at this time. If you have already been published in Mud Season Review, please refrain from submitting for one year after the date of the issue in which you were published. Please send submissions through Submittable only. Please use 12 pt font. For fiction and nonfiction, please double space.
We acquire First North American Serial Rights (FNASR) upon acceptance and retain exclusive rights to your accepted piece for 90 days after publication. After that, we will archive your piece online and may include it in one of our print editions. Should you choose to reprint the piece in the future, please mention that your piece was originally published in Mud Season Review.
We pay authors and featured artists $50 for their work. Artists whose images we select to pair with writing receive $15.
Our reading period is open from June 1 to July 1, 2018. We only accept one submission per author per reading period.
**We reserve the right to close the reading period early if submission volume warrants, as our primary goal is to give the work we receive the attention it deserves. So put the finishing touches your work and send it our way ASAP!
**Poetry submissions are no longer being accepted for the current reading period. Please come back in August with your poetry!
**We are not accepting fiction during this reading period because of the high volume of submissions we received during the last reading period. We are taking this break to ensure that we give every submission adequate thought and attention, and to ensure a prompt response. Please come back in August with your fiction!
June 2018 Fundraising Special
For $300, we will review your full manuscript (poetry, fiction or nonfiction).
Please include with the title page a one-paragraph summary of your project and provide any direction you would like to give us regarding the type of feedback you are hoping for, and when you would ideally have it by. Typically we can provide it within a month or two. If your book isn't ready right now, attach a file with the project summary; you can send the manuscript later as a docx or pdf to email@example.com. (We ask that you send it by August 31, 2018. See our FAQ below.)
Our all-volunteer staff is dedicated to bringing great literature to life through Mud Season Review. It's our passion. The fees for this service will help us to cover the costs of our website and Submittable, and to pay our contributors.
If you have questions that aren’t answered by the FAQ below, reply to this email and we’ll respond promptly. Thanks for your support!
What does this review consist of?
We provide comments in the margins as well as a written letter of 700-1,500 words. We'll focus on elements of craft, from the arc of a narrative or poetry collection to sentence style and line breaks. Our goal is to help you see your own work clearly.
Editors will arrange a return date that is mutually satisfactory. In the past this has been one to two months from submission of the manuscript.
Who does the reviewing?
A member of the Mud Season Review editorial staff will be assigned to your manuscript and will review or oversee each review. To ensure we match you with the best editor for your needs, please include in your email a short paragraph summation of your project and your goals.
When do I need to make my contribution?
You must submit payment by midnight EST on June 30, 2018. We encourage you to do this as soon as possible, before we reach our manuscript limit for this review period. If you submit payment after we've reached our limit, we will refund it and put you on a wait list should additional spots open up.
Do I have to send you my manuscript by June 30th?
No. You can send payment by June 30th and send us your manuscript later. To ensure that we have the time to review your manuscript, we request that you submit it no later than August 31st, 2018.
Why don't you offer this all the time?
We put a lot of effort into reading your work. Doing this all year would take away from our work editing Mud Season Review itself, so we budget our time accordingly. In the past we have been able to offer this service twice a year.
How do I submit my manuscript?
You can use this submission category to send us your manuscript.
Will I be satisfied with the feedback?
We work hard to make sure you are satisfied. Reviewers will respond to any follow-up questions, chat by phone or Skype if desired, and generally ensure you get the type of feedback you are looking for. Be sure to specify upfront any areas you would like them to focus on.
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- For $25.00, a Mud Season Review editor or assistant editor will provide you with a 250-500 word critical response to your piece, within two weeks of your submission date. Limit 5,000 words.$25.00 USDSUBMIT »
- For $25.00, a Mud Season Review editor or assistant editor will provide you with a 250-500 word critical response to your poems, within two weeks of your submission date. Limit 3 poems, up to 10 pages.$25.00 USDSUBMIT »
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Please submit one nonfiction piece of up to 6,000 words as well as a brief biography.
We seek nonfiction that bends—but does not break—the genre. We want to see risk-taking with structure, chronology, form, and other elements of nonfiction (save for truth—there’s no messing with that) to tell a richly textured story. A distinctive voice and command of language are musts. We are open to memoir that goes beyond the personal story to engage with larger ideas and broader perspectives as well as thesis-driven personal explorations of scholarly and critical topics.
Nonfiction accepted for publication will be fact-checked. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage, our editors will ask you for documentation of your sources and for help with the fact-checking process. Citations need not be submitted with essays, but we would recommend that you keep notes and/or a bibliography on file.
- For $25.00, the nonfiction editor or managing editor of Mud Season Review will provide you with a 250-500 word critical response to your piece, within two weeks of your submission date. Limit 5,000 words. Please include in your cover letter any guidance you'd like to give the editors, in terms of what feedback would be most helpful to you.$25.00 USDSUBMIT »
- Please submit 1 to 6 digital images of your work (JPG is preferred, minimum 300 dpi). Images must be professionally photographed and cropped to exclude anything that is not considered part of the work.SUBMIT »
We accept all media: paintings, drawing, prints, photography, animation, mixed media, collage, and sculpture (in the case of 3 dimensional work, keep in mind that it must read well in 2 dimensional form). We are open to all content/style; realism, surrealism, abstraction, conceptual, etc. We seek both: 1) images that may be paired with writing to enhance the visual word and 2) theme-based portfolios to be featured monthly. (Please indicate your preference in your cover letter.)Please include the artist's last name and title of the piece in each file name. Also include in your cover letter: 1) the titles, media, and dimensions of each image; 2) a 50-word or less biographic statement; 3) a 50-word or less artistic statement; and 4) your consideration preference as noted above.
Artists must be 18 years or older. See our general guidelines for more information.