Missouri Review Contest

The sweet, sweet sound of $5,000 for your writing.

The Missouri Review's 31st annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize competition is now open for submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. First-place winners in each category receive $5000, feature publication in their spring issue, and are honored at a gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri (pandemic permitting). Contest finalists are often published in the magazine also, or in the web-exclusive features they offer on our website in prose and poetry, BLAST and Poem of the Week.  All entrants are considered for publication.   

"This opportunity is open to writers at all levels. We pride ourselves on focusing on the quality of the writing first and foremost—our allegiance is to discovering and supporting strong work. Past winners have ranged from established writers with long records of publication to beginning writers who have never published before. In fact, for our fiction prize winner in 2018, the prizewinning story was her first published piece." -Bailey Boyd, contest editor   

They accept submissions online or by mail. The postmark deadline is October 1. Winners will be announced in January of 2022.   

You can find out more about the contest through our website.