ISSUE #13 is a themed issue: "WINTER." We'll close on February 20th. See guidelines below.


For the first time ever, we're also opening to a single chapbook selection for 2021. Details are under the submission tab below.


We try to get back to you with a response rather quickly, often within a day or a few days. And sometimes we hold onto the work for 2 months. If you want a guaranteed quick response, try our Speedy Reply option.


Journal Guidelines:

We are primarily seeking lyric essays & prose poetry, though we'll also consider creative nonfiction. NO FICTION THIS TIME AROUND. Also, no standard poetry, journalistic essays, book reviews, etc. If you've not read Annie Dillard or Anne Carson, you may not have discovered the kind of lyricism we especially love. If you're not sure about a work or a topic, please send it anyway, but do remember that we're primarily seeking lyrical selections.


WE READ "BLIND." Please do NOT include your name on the Word document itself or on the title of the file or in the "Title" line submitted to Submittable. Identification on a piece of writing will disqualify the work. But do please put your information in the space on Submittable labeled "cover letter."

We are a non-paying market except for our Editor's Choice Award ($50) which goes to one person per issue.

Our speedy reply donation option will be available during this time. ("Speedy reply" is a simple "yes" or "no" in 15 days or less, usually without further comment.)    

All submitted material should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced because this the industry standard, and it's easy to read.    

If it helps you decide what to send, please know that we enjoy short, pithy, language-driven work that makes sense. We love beauty and lyricism.    

We reserve the right to edit an author's bio for whatever reason.

Most journals and reviews want a story; we want magic in the language & fire in the flow, a show to impress over drama to incite. Please stretch your lyrical wings. Give us the beautiful, the musical, even the odd & quirky. Think Annie Dillard meets Gertrude Stein, but make sure it makes sense. Be beautifully free.

Accepted contributors will be required to sign an author's agreement.   


Miscellaneous Facts Simultaneous submissions are fine but as per usual please let us know immediately if you receive an acceptance before you hear back from us, as is customary.  

We do not favor reprints unless it's a piece that meets our requirements above and has been published in a well-known literary venue.  

Any writer from any country in the world is welcome to submit work in English.  

Include a short third person, 50 to 100ish word, bio in the Cover Letter space on the Submittable form. 

This will be an online-only issue; accepted work will be posted online either month-by-month or all at once, TBD. 

Select work may be included in a future print anthology.  

Our final decisions will be based on work quality and current needs (though we may occasionally solicit work). That being said, we eschew favoritism in all its insidious forms, though do love seeing submissions from marginalized groups.   

Submissions may be nominated for the Pushcart award, Best of the Net, Best American Essays, etc.  

Please do not ask about a free submission until at least 4 months have passed.

(Because you probably haven't gone to our website first, it's all here:)

WE READ "BLIND." Please do NOT include your name on the Word document itself or on the title of the file or in the "Title" line submitted to Submittable. Identification on a piece of writing will disqualify the work. But do please put your information in the space on Submittable labeled "cover letter."


If you're submitting PROSE POETRY, scroll down and read #4.


We are primarily seeking lyric essays & prose poetry, though we'll also consider creative nonfiction. Please, no standard poetry, journalistic essays, book reviews, etc. If you've not read Annie Dillard, you may not have discovered the kind of lyricism we especially love. If you're not sure about a work or a topic, please send it anyway.
 

Send winter-themed submissions only. What we seek:



1. Some tie-in to the theme of "winter," though the connection may be understated or oblique. We welcome many interpretations of "winter."



2. Essays up to 1500 words each. Send up to three in the same document.



3. NO FICTION THIS TIME AROUND.



4. Prose poems up to 250 words each. Send up to three in the same document. NOTE: We consider a prose poem to be like a paragraph of text. That is, NO line breaks at all and no block text. No slashes, no extra spaces, etc. Your prose poem should look like a paragraph of text you'd find in a book or newspaper BUT it should sound poetic and be tight and surprising in the language. No journal entries, please. No standard narrative-speak. It must be poetic in sound, prose in form.



5. Only submit in one genre at a time until you hear back from us. That is, one to three pieces of flash nonfiction in one document OR one to three prose poems in one document.



6. No reading fee. No payment this time for accepted work except for the Editor's Choice Award which will be announced in March or April. Award will be $50. Editor's Choice Award winner must have a Paypal account to accept payment. If you submit work and it's chosen, yet you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. You will also have the option to donate the prize back to us. We don't expect it, yet of course we always appreciate these types of donations.



7. Submit as many times as you wish, but only after you've heard back from us.



8. As always, work must be smart, preferably lyrical, and geared toward a wide audience.



9. Send material in its final form, as we cannot allow substantial changes once we receive your work. We will edit to catch small things you may have missed, then we'll send the edits for your approval.



10. Submitted artwork should follow our theme of "winter." Up to 6 works at a time. We will accept photography for this issue.



11. Please give us six weeks or so to review and respond to your submission, though generally we hope to reply much sooner.



12. Our speedy reply donation option will be available during this time. ("Speedy reply" is a simple "yes" or "no" in 15 days or less, usually without further comment. We always accept and greatly appreciate donations.)



13. We read BLIND. No author name or address on the manuscript or file name. The Title space on Submittable should only contain the title of the work. Your name and bio goes in the box marked Cover Letter on your Submittable submission form



14. All submitted material should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced because this is the industry standard, and it's easy to read.



15. What to avoid: anything not geared toward a wide-audience focus, though the material should still be smart, mature, and not dumbed-down at all.



16. If it helps you decide what to send, please know that we enjoy short, pithy, language-driven work that makes sense. We love beauty and lyricism.



17. We reserve the right to edit an author's bio for whatever reason.



GENERAL INFORMATION (and far too much of it; hopefully it's helpful)​​

  • Most journals and reviews want a story; we want magic in the language & fire in the flow, a show to impress over drama to incite. Please stretch your lyrical wings. Give us the beautiful, the musical, even the odd & quirky. Think Annie Dillard meets Gertrude Stein, but make sure it makes sense. Be beautifully free.


  • Free general submissions during our reading weeks, except for our speedy reply option.


  • All stories must appeal to a broad audience. Do feel free to delve into the tougher subjects, only do so carefully. 


  • Accepted contributors will be required to sign an author's agreement.


    Miscellaneous Facts

    Simultaneous submissions are fine but as per usual please let us know immediately if you receive an acceptance before you hear back from us, as is customary.

    We do not favor reprints unless it's a piece that meets our requirements above and has been published in a well-known literary venue.

    Any writer from any country in the world is welcome to submit work in English.

    Include a short third person, 50-75 word, bio in the Cover Letter space on the Submittable form.

    This will be an online-only issue; accepted work will be posted online either month-by-month or all at once, TBD. Select work may be included in a future print anthology.

    Our final decisions will be based on work quality and current needs (though we may occasionally solicit work). That being said, we eschew favoritism in all its insidious forms.

    Submissions may be nominated for the Pushcart award, Best of the Net, Best American Essays, etc.

    Please do not ask about a free submission until at least 3 months have passed.  


  • Cover artwork for this Issue 13 online edition is welcome. Photography is also welcome.


  • Winter-themed artwork or photography only.


  • All artwork should satisfy general community standards of decency.


  • Submit up to 6 pieces at a time.


  • Something pretty or a little surreal is our favorite. Think about the uniqueness of the lyric essay and prose poem before considering what to send, please.


  • No payment for accepted pieces.

$5.00 will get your work read in 15 days or less and a decision made in that time. This donation does not guarantee acceptance or editorial comments of any kind. Do realize that every donation is very much appreciated! 


NONFICTION OR PROSE POETRY ONLY.  This category does not apply to artwork or chapbooks.


NO FICTION for this issue or this category.


For this issue, #13, we're only considering themes of "winter," so do be aware of that. Anything deviating from the theme will be declined. Any fiction will also be declined.


This category of Speedy Response does not apply to artwork submissions. Please use our Artwork category for submissions of artwork or photography.


WE READ "BLIND" - No identifying information on submissions, please, or we'll have to decline it, even if you've paid the expedited reading fee. Do, however, be sure to include your information on the Submittable block labelled "Cover Letter." Also, save yourself some money by realizing that all submissions must be suitable for a wide audience, i.e., no nudes or the like.

Lyric Essays and Prose Poetry ONLY, from 25 to 40 pages (5.5" x 8.5" page size). There is no reading fee. Submit as many times as you wish. If you send standard poetry, fiction, or other genres not included in "lyric essays and prose poetry," we'll of course have to decline it. Note that for our purposes, prose poetry has NO line breaks and is NOT in block form. It looks and reads like a normal paragraph of writing (like this one), but with the beautiful language of poetry.


Please know that we prefer nature-themed submissions, place-based submissions, and the like. We like hopeful, beautiful, and sculpted writing. Previously published sections (from journals) are fine; note name of journal and date published, but the whole should not have been previously published as one.


We may choose finalists, and if we do, will do so by April 15th. A winner will be chosen by early May or thereabouts. In the off-chance that none of the submissions fit our dynamic, we will forego a winner. 


If we choose your manuscript:

A letter of acceptance along with an author contract will be sent, and the expected general correspondence.

After the signed contract is returned, you will have a chance to look over the manuscript before the printing. 

Please have at least one book blurb written by a well-published writer, editor, or critic for the back cover.

You will be notified of typos we find, and an electronic proof will be sent to you for final approval before printing.

We will announce the book launch and promote it via our website and monthly update when first released, but you are responsible for any further promotion, marketing, and sales.

We will gladly let you know how many copies have sold when you ask, but please no more than once every 3 months.

Our publishing configuration does not pay royalties, but instead we will give you 10 free books and a 25% discount on copies you purchase through Eastern Iowa Review

We use print-on-demand for all our print copies (Lightning Source / Ingram). Lightning Source supports a CMYK color model and offers matte or glossy finish for covers, and cream or white pages for interiors. Ingram distributes to various vendors worldwide, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. We of course cannot predict or be responsible for pricing fluctuations on their sales channels, sales rankings, and availability issues from individual vendors. However, you and your friends will always be able to purchase books and journals directly from Eastern Iowa Review

If you like what you've read here, please do submit during our open reading period which ends on April 5th.

Be sure to leave your address in the Cover Letter block!

Do you want to know the kind of lyricism we especially love? Then please buy, study, and learn from (but mostly, enjoy!) this gorgeous anthology of sixty-one of the most lyrical nonfiction and prose poetry works from seven issues of Eastern Iowa Review. This also includes several pieces of fiction from the noted writer of stunning prose, Stephanie Dickinson. You'll recognize some of the authors included in this book such as Laura Bernstein-Machlay, Andrea Bianchi, Sarina Bosco, Suzanne Cody, Eanlai Cronin, Debra M. Fox, Alisa Golden, Ashley Hajimirsadeghi, Jane Harrington, Kathleen Hellen, Jesse Holth, Claire T. Jennings, Amy Karon, Kevin J. Kelley, Amaris Feland Ketcham, J A Knight, Joseph Labriola, Cindy Lamothe, Mercedes Lawry, Katharyn Howd Machan, Andrea Marcusa, Lora Rivera, Jackie Sizemore,  A.M. Thompson, and more.

One reader said this:  "I love the format, the layout, and just the feel of it. It's a beautiful book. But more than that, I've loved the content! It's really full of great writing. I find the landscapes, the people, and the words of the different pieces to be so powerful. I can't think of another anthology that I liked this much. I consistently enjoyed all of the pieces, which, considering how varied they are, is really something." 

This anthology of the very best of our previous selections is a perfect primer on what we love at EIR. It's an incomparable anthology of lyrical writing.