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Midwest Weird is an audio literary magazine featuring weird fiction and nonfiction by Midwestern writers. From strange styles to unique identities, from written tales to oral tradition, from Iowa to Indiana and everywhere in between, we’re the podcast home for stories that stick with you. Listen every other week for the edge of creation, come to life.

Midwest Weird is a Broads and Books Production.

Launching Summer 2024!

Let's Get Weird: Submit to Audio Literary Magazine Free


Midwest Weird is an audio literary magazine featuring weird fiction and nonfiction by Midwestern writers.

What is Weird?

It could be the style. The content. The genre. It could be you. If you think it’s weird, your work may fit with us. Your work can be original, or it can be previously published. Here’s some examples of work we find delightfully weird:


I Love Dick

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

A Ghost in the Throat

The Dark Dark


Midnight Burger



Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for weird work from writers based in the Midwest. We’re especially looking for work from writers who are women or nonbinary, part of the LGBTQ, BIPOC, and disabled communities, and/or other underrepresented writers.

We’re also looking for writers who are excited about creating audio versions of their work. Midwest Weird is expanding the notion of a literary magazine, and what creators of today can do.

How will this work?

Listen to our pilot episode for a sneak peek on how our episodes will be structured.

If your work becomes part of Midwest Weird, your story can be read and produced by our team, or you can take the lead. We may also create bonuses for our readers and subscribers based around you. This could be interviews, additional work, your favorite recommendations, etc.

You will retain all rights to your story.

In the future, we'll also offer honorariums for accepted work.

What do I submit?

Send us a word or pdf doc with your fiction or nonfiction. Include a short bio, including your membership in any underrepresented groups. Don't sweat if you haven't published much in the past; we're eager for new voices! Have any audio or podcast experience? Let us know!

Long story short

If you think we might like your work, send it our way. And stay weird.