Once we reach our submission limit for the reading month, we won't open again until the beginning of the next reading month. The categories will close at that time. Check back at the beginning of the following reading month. We have rolling submission periods.

Issue 16: Come, Wander. Submissions open via our Submittable manager on December 2nd.

Send us your wanderings in any genre you choose. We want to see your finest wanderings. Anything, everything (except porn and children's works).

1. Any length. Really. Let's say up to about 10,000 words.

2. Any genre or style. Really. Whatever suits your fancy. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. What do we mean? How serious are we? Try us.

Fiction: contemporary or genre (sci fi, fantasy, western, weird, surreal, etc., etc., etc.)

Nonfiction: ANYTHING from journalistic pieces to lyric essays (long or longer or longest, or short/flash) to articles to ... name it. Try us.

Poetry: I bet you can't think of a poetry style that isn't included here. Try us with your haiku, your epics, your narrative or story poems, your free verse or blank verse, rhyming beauties, villanelles, ballads, limericks, etc., etc., etc. We can't wait to see what comes in!

Artwork: only drawn pieces - sketches and canvas work; NO photography.

3. Give us up to a couple months to reply, though we hope to get back to you much sooner.

4. Once we reach our submission limit for the reading month, we won't open again until the beginning of the next reading month.

5. Once you hear back from us, feel free to send more. Simultaneous submissions are fine. Submit in only one category at a time (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or artwork).

6. Original, unpublished, work only. No reprints, please.

7. We reserve the right to edit an author's bio for any reason whatsoever.

Miscellaneous Facts Accepted contributors will be required to sign an author's agreement. Any writer from any country in the world is welcome to submit work in English.  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. Submissions may be nominated for various literary acknowledgments.  Please do not ask about a free submission until at least 3 months have passed

Our 3 Sisters Awards: One accepted piece of prose poetry and one piece of nonfiction this year will be awarded the 2022 Christine Prose Poetry Award and the 2022 Maggie Nonfiction Award, respectively, in January/February 2023. One piece of accepted fiction will be awarded the 2022 Dory Ann Fiction Award in January/February 2023. Award amounts are generally $50, but TBD.



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.


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

US addresses only, unless you're willing to pay shipping. Email us first if that's the case - contact@portyonderpress.com.

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.