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

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No. 69, Fall 2022, submit by Jan 15, 2022.


We welcome fiction submissions of one story, up to 9,000 words.

  • 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.
  • Please submit in Times New Roman or Garamond, size 12 font, and include, in your cover letter, a short third-person bio.

No. 69, Fall 2022, submit by Jan 15, 2022.

  • 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 (100 words max).

     


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No. 69, Fall 2022, submit by Jan 15, 2022.


Nonfiction submissions may also be up to 9,000 words.

  • 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.
  • Nonfiction will be fact checked.
  • Please submit in Times New Roman or Garamond, size 12 font, and include, in your cover letter, a short third-person bio.


Great River Review is pleased to announce our 3rd annual Pink Poetry Prize for one poem!


Please submit 1 to 3 of your best poems, not to exceed 10 pages.

  • This is a contest for unpublished poems only. We accept all forms of poetry—visual poetry included.
  • Submit your poems in .doc, .docx, or .pdf file format.
  • There are no formal requirements, but we prefer to read poems in Times New Roman or a sans-serif font (like Helvetica or Arial), font size 12.
  • Your submission title must be the title(s) of the poems you submit.
  • If you choose to include an author bio in your cover letter, it must be limited to 100 words.
  • Due to the volume of submissions we receive, you may only submit one submission per person. 
  • We must now charge a $2 fee to due our Submittable plan limits. 


The GRR Poetry Editors will send 10 prize finalists onwards to a guest judge. The judge will select one first place poem and two runner-up poems. First place winner receives $1,000 USD plus publication in GRR 68, and two finalists receive publication in GRR. Other prize finalists may be considered for publication as well.


Other Eligibility Rules:

  • Former or current students, relatives, or close friends of the judge are NOT eligible. TBD Judge.
  • UMN undergraduate alumni who graduated after June 2016 are NOT eligible. TBD Judge.
  • UMN MFA students, UMN MFA alumni, and former GRR staff are NOT eligible. TBD Judge.
  • Current UMN students, staff, and faculty are NOT eligible.
  • Former Pink Prize winners are not eligible to enter, even if their placement was as a runner-up.
  • If the above don't apply to you, you are welcome to submit!


Last year's winner, Stephen Scott Whitaker, was chosen by guest judge Adrian Matejka and will be published in Issue 68 this Fall.

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