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Fall Contests

The Madison Review annually hosts the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry and the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction.  The finest unpublished short story and finest group of three unpublished poems will be awarded $1,000 with publication in an issue of The Madison Review.  Writers may submit one entry per genre (one short story and/or group of three poems).

More detailed guidelines for these contests can be found on under the submit tab.


These contests are open every Fall Semester from November 1st to January 1st. Submit Now.

Congrats to our most recent Chris O'Malley Prize winner, Hillary Behrman, with her short story "Muskeg." Be sure to check it out when our physical copy of our Spring 2020 issue comes out!







Please note: we accept online submissions only. Mailed submissions will not be considered.

We will also not respond to emails inquiring about whether

we have viewed your submission. It takes us several

months to get to pieces because of our backlog, but

we are working as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Thank you for your patience!


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