The Middle West Review accepts submissions on a rolling basis. We encourage readers to contribute original content that deepens the public’s understanding of the American Midwest in an accessible and thoughtful manner. Some examples of submission types include:

Essays: Essays should run between 8,000 to 12,000 words and articulate a central thesis about the study of the Midwest. These works should build upon original research or new interpretations of existing sources and advance a unique argument that complicates the existing body of knowledge pertaining to the American Midwest.

Photo essays: These projects should incorporate original photographs of or about the Midwest. We ask contributors to also include a description of each photograph and a brief written explanation (100 to 200 words) of their significance as a body of work.

Misc. multimedia: The Middle West Review seeks videos, documentaries, artwork collages, and other multimedia materials that provide commentary on midwestern life.

Other types of submissions will be considered. All contributions will undergo a process of peer review spearheaded by the Middle West Review editorial board. Your submission will either be accepted for publication outright, returned with a request to “revise and resubmit,” or rejected outright. All submissions will benefit from the comments and revisions of the Middle Ground editorial board and its editorial reviewers.

Stylistic guidelines: For other grammatical and stylistic preferences, please consult these general guidelines.

Please feel free to submit your materials at any time to You can also send any questions about submissions or anything else to that address.