Mississippi Review

The 2019 MR Prize

Submissions to our annual contest can be made online through the easy to use SUBMITTABLE site. The contest opens August 15th.


Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Winners and finalists will make up next summer's print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. Contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern Mississippi. Fiction and nonfiction entries should be 1000-8000 words; poetry entries should be three to five poems totaling ten pages or less. Please attach as one document. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. Online entry fee is $16 per entry. Each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue. All submissions will be read anonymously. Please remove or redact any contact information from your submission.


No manuscripts will be returned. Previously published work is ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed and encouraged as long as you notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Contest opens August 15, 2018, and the deadline is January 1, 2019. Winners will be announced in March and publication is scheduled for June next year.


Key dates:


Contest opens: August 15, 2018

Postmark deadline: January 1, 2019

Winners and finalists announced: March 2019

Issue publication: June 2019


Paper entries will still be accepted. If submitting a paper submission, please remove your name from the manuscript and submit a separate title page with your contact information and the title of your submission. Send paper entries and a check for $15 to:


Mississippi Review Prize

118 College Drive #5144

Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001




submit your work online at SUBMITTABLE.


These are the complete contest guidelines. If you have questions, please e-mail msreview@usm.edu or call 601-266-4321.











Cody Smith, poetry

Andrew Bales, fiction

Elizabeth Logan Harris, nonfiction


Bess Cooley, poetry

Sarah Hulyk Maxwell, fiction


Hannah Craig, poetry

Courtney Sender, fiction



Mississippi Review

118 College Drive #5144

Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001