New Madrid :: NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines
About New Madrid: New Madrid is the national journal of the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University. It takes its name from the New Madrid seismic zone, which falls within the central Mississippi Valley and extends through western Kentucky.
Editor: Ann Neelon
7C Faculty Hall Dept English and Philosophy
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: (270) 809-4730
Genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Simultaneous submissions: yes (with notice) Email submissions: no Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: 8/15-10/15; 1/15-3/15 Response time: varies Payment: copies Contests: no Founded: 2007 Issues per year: 2 Copy price: $8 Average pages: 160 Sample price (postpaid): $8 Subscription 1 year: $15
Publisher’s description: New Madrid has featured the work of Sherman Alexie, Jericho Brown, Holly Goddard Jones, Kelle Groom, Philip Garrison, Karen An-Hwei Lee, Beth Lordan, William Trowbridge, Avra Wing, and many more established and emerging writers. It is the official journal of the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University. We take our name (accent on the first syllable of the second word) from the New Madrid seismic zone, which falls within the central Mississippi Valley and extends through western Kentucky, and we celebrate our roots in the Ohio River Valley. At the same time, we strive to be a journal of national consequence.
The winter issue, published in January, is always a special issue; the summer issue, published in July, is always an open issue. Special issues have focused on such themes as Mexico in the Heartland, Intelligent Design, The Dynamics of Poverty and Wealth, Water, and Japan in America, America in Japan. We accept submissions each year from August 15 to October 15, and from January 15 to March 15.
The Summer 2014 issue features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by Michael Gills, Maryelizabeth Christine-Pope, Andrew Johnson, Karina Borowicz, Ha Kiet Chau, Ron McFarland, Caleb Powell, Sally Houtman, Stephen Cloud, Tim L. Williams, Priscilla Atkins, Christopher Linforth, Sandra Simonds, Jason Nemec, April L. Ford, Karen An-hwei Lee, Catherine Taylor with Riley Hanick, Karl Plank, Michael Hettich, and Jayne Moore Waldrop. Plus book reviews by Karissa Knox Sorrell, Charles Booth, Evelyn Conley, Melissa Tyndall, Patricia Kurtz, Mica Garrett, Troy Taylor, Scott Lee Woodham, and Jacque E. Day with cover art by Diana Behl.
In keeping with Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh’s poem of the same title, the New Madrid Winter 2014 issue, “The Great Hunger,” revisits the collective trauma of Gorta Mór, the great famine that occurred in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. The Irish famine serves as touchstone for this issue’s exploration of hunger in its many forms. Within, you’ll find surprising works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction by established and emerging writers. Guest editors include Renny Golden, Eamonn Wall and Lawrence Welsh. The issue also includes a special interview with bestselling author T.J. English.
The Summer 2013 issue contains work by Eric Pankey, Tim L. Williams, Sasha West, Robert Vivian, Dallas Crow, J.T. Bushnell, Julie Sophia Paegle, Cody Lumpkin, Adrienne Rivera, Laura Read, Barbara Haas, Geoffrey Davis, Shane Seely, Sandra Kohler, Bill Goodman, Michael Gills, Gregory Sherl, Jacqueline Marcus, Britt Haraway, Sally Wen Mao, and Michael Hettich. Book reviews complete the issue.
last updated 07/28/2014