We're thrilled to announce the winners and finalists of our 2017 contest. Thank you to all who entered.  Issue 45.1&2 will be out very soon, and you can order it in the MR Store.


MR Poetry Winner:

Bess Cooley, “On the Chicago River”


MR Poetry Finalists:

Art Allen, "The postman has been three times"

Aaron Baker, "Late Pastoral"

Lillian Bertram, "True Story from a Hipster Barbershop"

Ansley Clark, "A Childhood"

Catherine Freeling, “Pink Nude, Red Interior”

Andrew Gottlieb, "The Gulf"

Elisa Gonzales, "Portraits”

Emma Hine, "Redshift"

Samuel Piccone, "Aubade Domestica"

Michael Pontacoloni, "Another Tipped Cow"

Sara Joy Márquez, “Self Portrait as Centaur, 1982”

Nancy Pearson, “The Birthing Room”

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, "Lily Wavers"

Elizabeth Theriot, "Our Stories Do Not Begin and End with Achilles"






Good News: Two stories from MR are on Best American's 100 Distinguished Stories list: Kathleen Sachs's "The Opposite of Denim" and Aurelie Sheehan's "Wolf in the Basement," both in issue 41.3. Check them out on the Issues page.


The 2016 Winter Issue is available for purchase at the MR Store.


The 2015 Summer Contest Issue is now available for purchase at the MR Store.


MR 2014 Fiction Prize winner Kirstin Valdez Quade named a 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation. Her collection Night at the Fiestas has recently been published.







MR Fiction Winner:

Sarah Hulyk Maxwell, “Clown Brain Tea”


MR Fiction Finalists:

Lindsey Crittenden, “The Task at Hand”

Wendy Herlich, “Silence is Golden”

Joanna K. Pearson, “Fox Foot”

T. Hurt, "Windowpanes"

Eric Schlich, “The Keener”

Aaron Tillman, “Chronicles of a Kitchen Wall”



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