Deadline: November 15, 2023

About the competition

Founded in 2000, The Heartland Review (ISSN: 2473-9545) is published in the spring and fall as an imprint of The Heartland Review Press. Our biannual journal publishes fiction, creative nonfiction/fiction, and poetry of any all subcategories, styles, and voices. Our writers have ranged in age from 15 to 80+ from around the world. We consider established writers as well as emerging writers. In the past we have reserved space for student writers and emerging artists. We nominate for the Pushcart Prize. Our submissions remain FREE. We hope you will consider submitting.

Competition guideline

Starting August 1, 2023-September 30, 2023, we will consider fiction and creative nonfiction for the Spring 2024 issue.

  • Fiction: Capacity reached and closed early.  1 manuscript that does not exceed 5000 words. This manuscript should be able to stand on its own. It can be flash. The topic is up to you. It can even be a chapter of your book if the chapter has not been published in the U.S. We ask for First North American Serial Rights but rights revert back to you upon our publication. We will read the first 50 submissions of fiction in August and the first 50 submitted in September during the open call period. 
  • Creative Nonfiction:  Currently open. 1 or 2 manuscripts that do not exceed 5000 words. This manuscript should be able to stand on its own. It can be flash, on any topic or be any subcategory. It also can be a chapter of your book if the chapter has not been published in the U.S. We ask for First North American Serial Rights but the rights revert back to you upon our publication. We will read the first 50 submissions of creative nonfiction in August and in September during the open call period.
  • Authors may submit only one entry every open call period. This means please don’t submit a fiction story and a nonfiction piece in the same reading periods and please don’t submit two or times in the open call period. Multiple genre and multiple entries will be declined.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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