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The Iowa Review

About The Iowa Review: Dedicated to publishing the finest contemporary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Contact Information:

308 EPB

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA  52242-1408

Phone: (319) 335-0462



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Reading period: Labor Day-Thanksgiving (fall semester) Response time: 2-4 months Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 0021-065X Founded: 1970 Issues per year: 3 Distributors: Ingram Average pages: 200 Sample price (postpaid): $9.95 (current issue); $7 (back issue) Cover Price: $9.95 Subscription: $25

Publisher’s Description: Edited by faculty, students, and staff from the renowned writing and literature programs at the University of Iowa, the Iowa Review—now in its 42nd year of publication—takes advantage of this rich environment for literary collaboration to create a worldwide conversation among those who read and write contemporary literature.

“The Iowa Review is a seductive package,” writes essayist Lia Purpura, “intellectually challenging, lyrically thrilling, and always, always surprising.”

We publish a wide range of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, translations, photography, and work in emerging forms (e.g., graphic memoir) by both established and emerging writers. Work from our pages has been consistently selected to appear in the anthologies Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. We publish three issues per year, in April, August, and December.

Recent issues:

In the Spring 2014 issue: What is an ash tree, or Liberace?, dusting the Buddha, finding you more indispensable than the serial comma, poles materializing in driveways, boys drawing cats, playing Captain Radiation after Chernobyl, a Mennonite auctioneer, and finding love in someone else’s house.

In this Winter 2013/14 issue: How Where Why the Shed Lady died, perfect wax hands, a translucent honeymoon, fifty things about my mother, a mother becoming a bird, a bird renting a womb, a father-built playhouse, a father-gifted gun, dangling bulbs in stopgap towns, the body making room for our favorite ways, Kuwaiti latrines, and Who shoved Greg into the pool?

In the Fall 2013 issue: Vikings marauding through our blood, Emily Dickinson's small sleigh bed, unbuttoning your heart one blood vessel at a time, cuddling a flour-sack baby, subterranean adolescents talking beauty in Mongolia, roses and maps on children's backs, a stolen dog, a welterweight son, and a glaciating landmass in sandalfoot nylons.


last updated 06/09/2014