The Missouri Review's 31st Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize is NOW OPEN

Bailey Boyd
September 22, 2021

The Missouri Review's 31st annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize competition is now open for submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. First-place winners in each category receive $5000, feature publication in our spring issue, and are honored at a gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri (pandemic permitting). Contest finalists are often published in the magazine also, or in the web-exclusive features we offer on our website in prose and poetry, BLAST and Poem of the Week.  All entrants are considered for publication.   

We accept submissions online or by mail. The postmark deadline is October 1. Winners will be announced in January of 2022.   

This year we are offering two contest entry fee options:

At the standard $25 level, entrants receive a year-long digital subscription to the Missouri Review ($24 value) as well as the fifth offering from Missouri Review Books, the digital anthology Private Lives ($7.95 value) featuring stellar short fiction from past issues of TMR.  

At the $30 all-access level entrants receive the same year-long digital subscription and Private Livesplus full access to our entire ten-year archive of value-added digital issues, complete with print and audio versions of the magazine.