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“Thousands have lived without love; not one without water.” In the spirit of W.H. Auden’s words, this forthcoming special issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review will explore urgent, complex, and revelatory writing on water from around the world. “Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water” will explore the paradoxes of water, how at once it gives life and takes it; how it divides us along cruel lines of inequality even as it binds us. Water connects us, and our planet, to our origins and to an indivisible fate.

We are seeking work that addresses any aspect of water: from the contested oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac to water shut-offs in Cape Town; from flooding in the Midwest to water scarcity in India and the Sahel; from the role of water in regional and global conflict and migration to the way that storm surges and shifting coastlines are forcing us to rethink the shapes of urban centers. 

We are looking for pieces that consider water through the lens of history and of contemporary geopolitics, and are excited to receive submissions that consider water through mythology, religion, and art history. 

Guest Edited by Anna Clark 

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, right margins not justified. 1,500 words minimum, 5,000 average, 7,000 maximum.

MQR does not accept previously published pieces.  

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All fiction accepted for publication is passed on to a judge as a finalist for the $2,000 Lawrence Prize. The Lawrence Prize is awarded annually to a story published in the journal that year.  No additional fee beyond submission. The 2019 winner will be announced in April 2020. 

“Thousands have lived without love; not one without water.” In the spirit of W.H. Auden’s words, this forthcoming special issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review will explore urgent, complex, and revelatory writing on water from around the world. “Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water” will explore the paradoxes of water, how at once it gives life and takes it; how it divides us along cruel lines of inequality even as it binds us. Water connects us, and our planet, to our origins and to an indivisible fate.


We are seeking work that addresses any aspect of water: from the contested oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac to water shut-offs in Cape Town; from flooding in the Midwest to water scarcity in India and the Sahel; from the role of water in regional and global conflict and migration to the way that storm surges and shifting coastlines are forcing us to rethink the shapes of urban centers. 


We are looking for pieces that consider water through the lens of history and of contemporary geopolitics, and are excited to receive submissions that consider water through mythology, religion, and art history.  

Guest Edited by Anna Clark

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Please submit in between 3-6 poems, not to exceed a total of 12 pages.

 MQR does not accept previously published pieces.

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Poems by emerging poets who have yet to publish a book of poetry are considered for the Page Davidson Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets. All poems by poets who meet these criteria that are selected for publication are considered finalists for the prize and passed on to the judge. 

“Thousands have lived without love; not one without water.” In the spirit of W.H. Auden’s words, this forthcoming special issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review will explore urgent, complex, and revelatory writing on water from around the world. “Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water” will explore the paradoxes of water, how at once it gives life and takes it; how it divides us along cruel lines of inequality even as it binds us. Water connects us, and our planet, to our origins and to an indivisible fate.


We are seeking work that addresses any aspect of water: from the contested oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac to water shut-offs in Cape Town; from flooding in the Midwest to water scarcity in India and the Sahel; from the role of water in regional and global conflict and migration to the way that storm surges and shifting coastlines are forcing us to rethink the shapes of urban centers. 


We are looking for pieces that consider water through the lens of history and of contemporary geopolitics, and are excited to receive submissions that consider water through mythology, religion, and art history. 

Guest Edited by Anna Clark 

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Manuscripts should be double-spaced, right margins not justified. 1,500 words minimum, 5,000 average, 7,000 maximum.

MQR does not accept previously published pieces. 

All reviews and interviews should be submitted to MQR Online

“Thousands have lived without love; not one without water.” In the spirit of W.H. Auden’s words, this forthcoming special issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review will explore urgent, complex, and revelatory writing on water from around the world. “Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water” will explore the paradoxes of water, how at once it gives life and takes it; how it divides us along cruel lines of inequality even as it binds us. Water connects us, and our planet, to our origins and to an indivisible fate.

We are seeking work that addresses any aspect of water: from the contested oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac to water shut-offs in Cape Town; from flooding in the Midwest to water scarcity in India and the Sahel; from the role of water in regional and global conflict and migration to the way that storm surges and shifting coastlines are forcing us to rethink the shapes of urban centers.

We are looking for pieces that consider water through the lens of history and of contemporary geopolitics, and are excited to receive submissions that consider water through mythology, religion, and art history.

Guest Edited by Anna Clark
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Submit interviews, book reviews, craft essays, and general nonfiction related to arts & culture. Essays should not be longer than 3,000 words. Please only send book reviews for titles published within the last 12 months. If there are photos to accompany your piece, please make a note in your cover letter. Payment is $30 per piece.

Please note that we are not currently reading fiction or poetry for MQR Online. Poems and short stories for the print journal should be submitted to their respective categories in Submittable.
 

“Thousands have lived without love; not one without water.” In the spirit of W.H. Auden’s words, this forthcoming special issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review will explore urgent, complex, and revelatory writing on water from around the world. “Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water” will explore the paradoxes of water, how at once it gives life and takes it; how it divides us along cruel lines of inequality even as it binds us. Water connects us, and our planet, to our origins and to an indivisible fate.

We are seeking work that addresses any aspect of water: from the contested oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac to water shut-offs in Cape Town; from flooding in the Midwest to water scarcity in India and the Sahel; from the role of water in regional and global conflict and migration to the way that storm surges and shifting coastlines are forcing us to rethink the shapes of urban centers.

We are looking for pieces that consider water through the lens of history and of contemporary geopolitics, and are excited to receive submissions that consider water through mythology, religion, and art history. 


Guest Edited by Anna Clark
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Please submit translations in any genre to this form.  

MQR does not accept previously published pieces.

 

Submit interviews, book reviews, craft essays, and general nonfiction related to arts & culture. Essays should not be longer than 3,000 words. Please only send book reviews for titles published within the last 12 months. If there are photos to accompany your piece, please make a note in your cover letter. Payment is $30 per piece.

Please note that we are not currently reading fiction or poetry for MQR Online. Poems and short stories for the print journal should be submitted to their respective categories in Submittable.

Upload works of translation and please specify type in cover letter: poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. 

Payment is $100 for prose and $25 for poetry.

Ends on December 1, 2019$3.00
$3.00

Please submit in between 3-6 poems, not to exceed a total of 12 pages. 

MQR does not accept previously published pieces. 

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Poems by emerging poets who have yet to publish a book of poetry are considered for the Page Davidson Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets. All poems by poets who meet these criteria that are selected for publication are considered finalists for the prize and passed on to the judge. 


Ends on December 1, 2019$3.00
$3.00

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, right margins not justified. 1,500 words minimum, 5,000 average, 7,000 maximum.

MQR does not accept previously published pieces. 

All reviews and interviews should be submitted to MQR Online 


Manuscripts should be double-spaced, right margins not justified. 1,500 words minimum, 5,000 average, 7,000 maximum.

MQR does not accept previously published pieces.  

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All fiction accepted for publication is passed on to a judge as a finalist for the $2,000 Lawrence Prize. The Lawrence Prize is awarded annually to a story published in the journal that year.  No additional fee beyond submission. The 2019 winner will be announced in April 2020. 

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