The Iowa Review

The Iowa Review

The Iowa Review


From the editor

The Iowa Review is an American literary magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews. The magazine–currently in its 42nd year–is published in April, August, and December of each year. We look for the best writing available and are often pleased to introduce new writers. We also sponsor The Iowa Review Awards, an annual contest in our three main genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.


The Iowa Review publishes short stories, flash fiction, graphic novels, self-contained novel excerpts, and plays; poetry of all kinds, including verse plays and longer work; translations; and all manner of creative nonfiction, including personal essays, lyric essays, memoirs, and literary journalism.? We also publish interviews and short reviews of book-length fiction, poetry, and nonfiction on our website.

Non-contest manuscripts are welcome during the fall semester only: September, October, and November. Unsolicited work that arrives at any other time will not be read. (We also sponsor The Iowa Review Awards, an annual contest for which entries are accepted January 1 through 31.)


Each January since 2003, The Iowa Review has invited submissions to The Iowa Review Awards, a writing contest in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners receive $1,500; first runners-up receive $750. Winners and runners-up are published in each December issue.

This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in an issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.


Editors Name: Russell Valentino
Print publication?: Yes
Circulation: 2,000
Submission Guidelines URL:
Approx. Response Time?: 4 months
How often do you publish?: 3 issues per year
Year Founded?: 1970
Do you take online submissions?: Yes
Do you pay? Yes


Mailing Address:: The Iowa Review 308 EPB University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 52242 USA
Twitter: @IowaReview

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