ISSUE #13 - "WINTER"

We've closed to submissions until December 26th, and we'll close on February 20th.


Please visit our homepage to see the beautiful new monthly postings for our Issue 12 "water" theme on the 1st of each month through December. 


WE SEEK LYRICISM above all. 

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.


Send winter-themed submissions for Issue 13. What we seek:  ​  

1. Some tie-in to the theme, 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. Flash fiction up to 1000 words each. Send up to three in the same document.    

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. Your prose poem should look like a paragraph of text you'd find in a book or newspaper.      

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 OR one to three pieces of flash fiction 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 be winter-themed 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 & basic feedback donation options will be available during this time. ("Speedy reply" is a simple "yes" or "no" in 30 days or less, usually without further comment. Basic feedback is just that: basic feedback, and usually within 60-90 days.)    

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 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 & basic feedback options.
  • All stories must appeal to a broad audience. Do feel free to delve into the tougher subjects, only do so carefully. We are a "journal of good spaces."
  • We are primarily seeking lyric essays & prose poetry, though we'll also consider creative nonfiction and flash fiction. 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.
  • 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 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 4 months have passed.

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.

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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.