Midwest in Photos: Seven Red Birds

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“If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.” –Toni Morrison


Photo by: Mason Shreve

December 5th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Midwest in Photos: Yellow Springs

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“We crawled through time like roaches through the linings of walls, the neglected spaces and hours, foolishly happy that we were still alive even as we did everything to die.”  –Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped

Yellow Springs

Photo by: David J. Thompson

November 28th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Midwest in Photos: Alpha Schoolhouse (2012)

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“The change of direction is important, but life is what happens before and after.” –Nick Arvin, The Reconstructionist


Photo by: Tara Reeves

November 21st, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Contributor News

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Brandon Williams-Childs, who had work featured in Issue 9, was recently named a 2015-2016 Fellow of Queer / Art / Mentorship.

November 16th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Midwest in Photos: Old Kerosene Yellow

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“Between us, a single spear of sunlight eviscerates the shadows, catching all sorts of life—dust, mosquitoes and the things that, to them, are dust, mosquitoes.” –Matthew Gavin Frank, “Grasshopper Diptych”, Midwestern Gothic Issue 19

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Photo by: Colton Adriana

November 14th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Midwest in Photos: Lightning Chicago

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“For a moment of eternal stillness I felt as if I were cocked at the very heart of the Midwest.” –Stuart Dybek, Childhood and Other Stories


Photo by: Michelle Pretorius

November 7th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Submissions Are Open for Issue 21!

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We’re happy to announce that submissions are open for Midwestern Gothic Issue 21, Spring 2016!
From now until November 30, 2015, send us your fiction and poetry inspired by the Midwest!

Never submitted before? Please read through our Submissions Guidelines—it only takes a few minutes and they’ll fill you in on what Midwestern Gothic is all about. Or you could check out one of our previous issues to get a sense of our aesthetic.

Please make sure you submit through Midwestern Gothic‘s Submittable page. (All the relevant details are there, too.)

We can’t wait to read your work!

November 2nd, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Contributor News

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Rachel Hall, who had work featured in Issue 12, recently saw her collection of linked stories, Heirlooms, selected by acclaimed poet and novelist Marge Piercy for the 2015 BkMk Press G.S. Sharat Chandra book prize (forthcoming Fall 2016).

Jason Marc Harris, who had work featured in Issue 18, made it to the final round of The Mark Twain House & Museum’s contest with his story “Fridge Moniter.”

Wil Gibson, who had work featured in Issue 18, will be releasing his book, Harvest the Dirt, through Great Weather for media (twitter @greatweatherfor) the 2nd week of Oct. He will also be embarking on a multi city book release tour including a reading at the Beat History Museum in San Francisco, The Green Mill in Chicago,  the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and several more in between.

Congrats, all!


October 5th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Issue 19 is here!

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issue19Midwestern Gothic Issue 19 (Fall 2015) is here! This issue of Midwestern Gothic is all nonfiction, with essays and creative nonfiction inspired by the Midwest. Explore urban and rural, fractured settings and nostalgic memories in new work from some of the region’s best voices.

Issue 19 is available in hardcopy ($12) and eBook formats ($2.99), including Kindle, iPad, Nook, and PDF. Pick up a copy

Issue 19 features work from: Deborah Burand, Matthew Byrd, Anna Clark, Emily Corwin, Bill Derks, Dain Edward, Melissa Faliveno, Matthew Gavin Frank, Matt Helm, Maria Hlohowskyj, Arlene Lecours, Cathy Mellett, Reneé K. Nicholson, Ira Sukrungruang, Kaitlyn Teer, Paige Towers, Lori Tucker-Sullivan, Michael Van Kerckhove, Rocco Versaci, Theodore Wesenberg, Jan Worth-Nelson, and Margaret Yapp.

Shop for Midwestern Gothic Issue 19 (Fall 2015)

(And don’t forget we offer some great deals on subscriptions too!)

October 1st, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Issue 19 launch at the GLCL

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We are so excited to be partnering with the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL) for a launch of our upcoming nonfiction fall issue, Issue 19!

The event will be held on Thursday, October 8, at 6:30 PM at the GLCL headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Readers include: Matthew Byrd, Lori Tucker-SullivanMaria Hlohowskyj, and Ted Wesenberg.

For more information, and to RSVP, check out our Facebook event page.

Hope to see you there!


September 25th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »