ISSUE #13 is a themed issue: "WINTER." We'll post our final selections on May 1st.

For the first time ever, we're open to a single chapbook selection for 2021. Submission window is open until April 5th unless we decide to extend it. Details are under the submission tab below. SUBMISSIONS CLOSED. We'll make announcements in late April or May.

Stay tuned for our next general reading period: TBD (May or June)


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 on or about April 15th. A winner will be chosen by early May or thereabouts. In the off-chance that none of the submissions fit our final 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 (Port Yonder Press).

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.

Miscellaneous Facts About 2021 submissions - No identifiers (your name) on Title Space in Submittable, on the document file name, or on the document itself. Your name goes in the Cover Letter block on the Submittable form.

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

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. Please don't send us work you've posted elsewhere online, including on blogs, Facebook, etc. We check for these things. Only send UNPUBLISHED work.

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.  

Issue 13 will be an online-only issue; accepted work will be posted online either month-by-month or all at once, TBD. 

We offer no payment for selected work.

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 3 months have passed.

One accepted piece of prose poetry and one piece of nonfiction this year will be awarded the 2021 Christine Prose Poetry Award and the 2021 Maggie Nonfiction Award, respectively, in January 2022. When we open to fiction again, one piece of accepted fiction will be awarded the 2021 Dory Ann Fiction Award in January 2022. Award amounts are generally $100 or less, TBD.

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.