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Great River Review is the journal of the University of Minnesota Creative Writing program. 

No. 68, Fall 2021, submit by May 1, 2021.

  • Please submit in one file a portfolio of 3-6 poems (up to 10 pages), with each poem on its own page(s). Send visual poems in this category as well. 
  • We accept .doc, .docx, & .pdf file types. Unless special formatting is required, please submit your poems in Times New Roman or Garamond, size 12. 
  • Please also include a brief biography with your submission (150 words max).


No. 68, Fall 2021, submit by May 1, 2021.

Please submit one short story of up to 9,000 words, as well as a brief (150-word max) biography.  

  • We are looking for fully embodied stories that remind us of what it means to be alive, that show us something new, and that stand up over many reads, deepening each time.

No. 68, Fall 2021, submit by May 1, 2021.

Please submit one nonfiction piece of up to 9,000 words as well as a brief (150-word max) biography. 

  • We seek nonfiction that bends—but doesn't break—the genre. We appreciate risk-taking with structure, chronology, form, and other elements of nonfiction (save for truth—there’s no messing with that) that tell a richly textured story. We are open to memoir that goes beyond the personal story to engage with larger ideas through the use of research, multiple narrative voices, and chronological deviations.
  •  If you would like to submit an essay review for consideration, please contact us directly at
  • Please note: 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.
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