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The Missouri Review, founded in 1978, is one of the most highly-regarded literary magazines in the United States and we've upheld a reputation for finding and publishing the very best writers first. We are based at the University of Missouri and publish four issues each year. Each issue contains new fiction, poetry and essays.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for some submissions. They charge fees for online submissions.
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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1978

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Open

We recommend writers familiarize themselves with fiction from previous issues before submitting.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionNo specific word count limits known (our definition: up to 1000 words).
Short Story Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).
Novelette NoveletteNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 7500 to 15000 words).
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $25 per page.

Submissions:

Methods: Online form. Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open

Nonfiction of general interest only. There are no restrictions on length or topic, but we suggest that writers familiarize themselves with nonfiction from previous issues. Excerpts from book-length nonfiction manuscripts will be considered, but must be able to stand alone.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Essay EssayNo specific word count limits known.
Book Excerpt Book ExcerptNo specific word count limits known.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $25 per page.

Submissions:

Methods: Online form. Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Open

TMR publishes poetry features only—6 to 14 pages of poems by each of 3 to 5 poets per issue. Please keep in mind the length of features when submitting poems.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Unknown number of pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) Professional payment. Details: USD $25 per page.

Submissions:

Methods: Online form. Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

The Missouri Review Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
This project ranks among the 25 Most Challenging Fiction Publishers in our database.
This project ranks among the Extremely Challenging Nonfiction Publishers in our database.
AccuracyWe have received 675 reports from 515 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported0 min | 82.3 mean avg | 71.0 median | 634 max days (76.6 std dev)
Responses92.29 %
Acceptances1.33 % of submissions accepted (109.8 avg. days per acceptance) | 1.75 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections90.96 % (76.4 avg. days per rejection) | 48.4 % personal, 34.4 % form, 17.3 % unspecified | 0.2 % shortlisted
Non-Responses7.70 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded2.22 % (410.1 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals5.48 % (41.5 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending194 responses are pending (0 min | 73.5 mean avg | 60.5 median | 645 max days waiting | 82.9 std dev) from 187 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 84 days. (35.3 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 84 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 180 days have passed.
The most common submission fee paid: USD $4.00. (62.3 % of reports specified whether they paid a fee; of those, 99.8 % paid fees.)
Most submissions are acknowledged within one day.
Most recent response reported was received on 19 May 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 02 Apr 2024.

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Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize Charges fees for all submissions
The Missouri Review Miller Audio Prize DNQ Charges fees for all submissions
The Perkoff Prize Charges fees for all submissions

Dates

Last Updated: 06 May 2024
Last Audited: 28 Dec 2023. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 02 Aug 2005

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