From Our Staff | June 02, 2010

To many readers of the literary journal scene, Jacob Appel is a familiar name. He’s published in a slew of places such as AGNI, StoryQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Boston Review, to name just a few.  Jacob also won our 2007 Editors’ Prize with his story “Creve Coeur.”  You can purchase the issue with his winning story here.

In the January/February 2009 issue of Poets & Writers, Jacob wrote his essay “The Case for Contests” (sadly, it is not available on the PW website). Among the many nuggets Jacob tosses out, there is this: “My best advice is that one should submit to contests early and often.”

We agree!  The submission period for our annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize is now open.  To celebrate the 20th year of our contest, we would like to offer you an additional issue of The Missouri Review at no extra cost if you submit your entry during the month of June.  Winners in each genre receive $5,000, plus a featured publication in our spring issue—making this one of the top literary prizes in the country.  Three finalists in each genre will also receive awards and be considered for publication.

The entry fee of $20 includes a year-long, 4-issue subscription.  To take advantage of our special offer, simply submit your entry between June 1st and June 30th, and your subscription will automatically be upgraded to include a 5th issue, in digital format, for free.  You may choose to receive the rest of your subscription in hard copy or in digital format.  Digital format includes full access to our print version—plus the audio version of the magazine, allowing you to hear every poem, story, and essay performed by either the author (such as Judith Sloan’s 2008 Audio Documentary essay) or a professional reader (such as Kevin McFillen’s reading of Paul Guest’s poetry).

It would be super smart to read our full contest guidelines and then you should absolutely submit your contest entry by mail or online. As always, please feel free to contact us via email at  if you have any questions about the whole kit-n-kaboodle.