Moon City Press is a regional non-profit press that publishes stories, scholarship, and histories from the Ozarks, and also sponsors the Moon City Poetry Award and the Moon City Short Fiction Award, annual competitions for poetry and short story collections open to all writers. In addition, Moon City Press has launched the Missouri Author Series, given annually to a book of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, written by a Missouri-born or Missouri-based author.

Our annual literary anthology, Moon City Review, accepts submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, translations, and book reviews.

Book authors may use this submission system to submit a prospectus or enter one of the competitions. Feel free to examine our current booklist on our site at http://moon-city-press.com.

The 2021 Moon City Short Fiction Award

• The Moon City Short Fiction Award is for an original collection of short fiction, written originally in English by a single or collaborative author.

• Individual pieces in the collection may be published in periodicals, but not yet collected and published in full-length manuscript form.

• Entries may include short shorts, short fiction, and/or up to one novella. Please include a table of contents and acknowledgements page (of previous publications).

• Open to all writers not associated with Moon City Press or its judges, past or present. Students, employees, and alumni of Missouri State University are ineligible.

• Manuscripts should fall between 30,000 and 65,000 words.

• Manuscripts should be submitted via Submittable, https://mooncitypress.submittable.com.

• A $25 entry fee is due via Submittable at the time of submission; entry fees are nonrefundable.

• Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.

• Extended Deadline: November 16, 2020. Winners will be notified by spring 2021 and the winner will be published in spring 2022.

• First prize: $1000, publication by Moon City Press (including international distribution through the University of Arkansas Press), and a standard royalty contract. Ten additional finalists will be named and considered for publication.

• For questions, please visit mooncitypress.com or contact Series Editor Michael Czyzniejewski at mczyzniejewski@missouristate.edu.

  

Attention, Missouri Poets!

If you feel as though that salutation applies to you, it probably does: You write poetry, and you feel a strong connection to the Show-Me State. Maybe you live in Missouri, or once did. Maybe you were born here or educated here. If you’ve ever had a Missouri address, we consider you one of us.

Here’s what’s up: We’re putting together an anthology of Missouri poets for our state’s bicentennial, which is 2021. The book will be out early next year, and it will feature work by diverse Show-Me writers. We’re after strong voices and excellent poems that feature finely honed craft. We are hoping for a mix of established and emerging talents.

Submissions may be made by writers at any point in their career, and they may be in any style. We are particularly interested in (but by no means limiting ourselves to) Missouri place-based poetry, whether that place is the Ozark wilderness, a rural town, or the urban landscape.

The nuts and bolts:

· Send up to five poems in your first batch, and after our response, please feel free to submit five new ones. Please put them all in the same document.

· The work must be something you would identify as poetry, regardless of style or form.

· The work must be original.

· We are happy to consider reprints, but you must identify the original publisher at the submission stage.

· Please identify your connection to Missouri in your cover letter, and also add a bio that may be used as a contributor’s note. You’ll have a chance to update this before publication.

· Deadline: October 1, 2020.

With questions, please write to Missouri Poet Laureate Karen Craigo at karen.craigo@gmail.com.

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  • This competition is only open to graduate or undergraduate students currently enrolled during the Fall 2019 semester at the main campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, seated, online, or blended. All other entries will be immediately disqualified.
  • Students may enter only one piece of creative nonfiction into the competition. This piece should be an original work written by the student author in English and should not be previously published nor under contract for such. 
  • There is no length limit or requirement.
  • Students may also enter The 2020 Missouri State University Student Poetry Competition and/or The 2020 Missouri State University Student Fiction Competition, which are separate competitions.
  • A block of up to ten finalists will be chosen by the MSU Creative Writing creative nonfiction faculty from the pool of entrants and sent to the judge. The judge will choose a winner and that winner's piece will be published in the 2021 edition of Moon City Review. The winner will also receive a $200 honorarium upon the issue's publication. 
  • 2020 Creative Nonfiction Judge: Brenna Womer, author of honeypot and Atypical Cells of Undetermined Significance
  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • For questions regarding this competition, please contact MCP editor Michael Czyzniejewski at mczyzniejewski@missouristate.edu.



  • This competition is only open to graduate or undergraduate students currently enrolled during the Fall 2020 semester at the main campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, seated, online, or blended. All other entries will be immediately disqualified.
  • Students may enter only one poem into the competition. The poem should be an original work written by the student author in English and should not be previously published nor under contract for such. 
  • There is no length limit or requirement.
  • Students may also enter The 2020 Missouri State University Student Fiction Competition and/or The 2020 Missouri State University Student Creative Nonfiction Competition, which are separate competitions.
  • A block of up to ten finalists will be chosen by the MSU Creative Writing poetry faculty from the pool of entrants and sent to the judge. The judge will choose a winner and that winner's poem will be published in the 2021 edition of Moon City Review. The winner will also receive a $200 honorarium upon the issue's publication.
  • 2020 Poetry Judge: Karen Craigo, Missouri Poet Laureate and author of Passing Through Humansville and No More Milk
  • Deadline: November 1, 2020.
  • For questions regarding this competition, please contact MCP editor Michael Czyzniejewski at mczyzniejewski@missouristate.edu.



  • This competition is only open to graduate or undergraduate students currently enrolled during the Fall 2019 semester at the main campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, seated, online, or blended. All other entries will be immediately disqualified.
  • Students may enter only one piece of fiction into the competition. This piece should be an original work written by the student author in English and should not be previously published nor under contract for such. 
  • There is no length limit or requirement, though the piece has to be categorized as "short fiction" under some definition.
  • Students may also enter The 2020 Missouri State University Student Poetry Competition and/or The 2020 Missouri State University Student Creative Nonfiction Competition, which are separate competitions.
  • A block of up to ten finalists will be chosen by the MSU Creative Writing fiction faculty from the pool of entrants and sent to the judge. The judge will choose a winner and that winner's piece will be published in the 2021 edition of Moon City Review. The winner will also receive a $200 honorarium upon the issue's publication. 
  • 2020 Fiction Judge: Pablo Piñero Stillmann, author of Our Brains and the Brains of Miniature Sharks
  • Deadline: November 1, 2020.
  • For questions regarding this competition, please contact MCP editor Michael Czyzniejewski at mczyzniejewski@missouristate.edu.


This category is for Moon City Review. Authors are limited to one story (up to 8,000 words) or three shorts per submission. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if prompt notification is given through Submittable of its acceptance elsewhere. Please address any correspondence to Fiction Editor Joel Coltharp, JoelColtharp@MissouriState.edu.



This category is for Moon City Review. Authors are limited to six poems total per submission period. Please submit the file as .doc or .docx. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if prompt notification is given through Submittable of its acceptance elsewhere. Please address any correspondence to Poetry Editor Sara Burge, saraburge@missouristate.edu.


This category is for Moon City Review. Authors are limited to one essay (up to 8,000 words) or three shorts per submission. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if prompt notification is given through Submittable of its acceptance elsewhere.


Moon City Review welcomes submissions of short-form, literary graphic narrative (fiction, nonfiction, poetry). Please keep submissions to eight pages maximum.
 
Black-and-white submissions only.

Submit in .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf format.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if prompt notification is given through Submittable of its acceptance elsewhere. Please address any correspondence to Graphic Narrative Editor Jennifer Murvin, jmurvin@missouristate.edu.

This category is for Moon City Review. Translators should submit works from contemporary authors and should be ready to submit both the translation and the original piece, as well as proof of permission to translate. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if prompt notification is given through Submittable of its acceptance elsewhere.


Starting in Fall 2019, Moon City Review will regularly publish reviews at its website, mooncityreview.com. We will favor reviews of contemporary books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and graphic narrative, particularly from small/independent/university presses; we are also looking for reviews of books recently translated into English. We are aiming for reviews of approximately 2,000 words but will go higher or lower if the review warrants the length. 

If you have a review that fits this description, please submit. If you have questions or are looking for a review assignment, contact Reviews Editor Katelyn Grisham at katelyn094@live.missouristate.edu. 

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