From Our Staff | October 02, 2012

*If you hadn’t heard, and still want up to $15K in prizes, you should look at this blog post so very carefully* 

Dear writers and TMR friends,

We checked our calendars and found it tough to believe that TMR’s Editor’s Prize deadline was fast approaching, and, well, we just can’t take it. The submissions we’ve read so far have been terrific and have multiplied our need to keep reading great poems, stories, and essays. So, we’ve decided to extend our deadline an additional week!

Entries may now be postmarked or submitted electronically through Monday, October 8th. Hopefully, this extension will give all those writers who thought to themselves maybe next year or just…one…more…revision, a chance to submit.

Winners in each genre will receive a $5,000 prize, a featured publication in TMR, and a paid trip out to our winners’ reading and reception. Non-winning finalists will also be considered for publication in the journal. Past winners have been selected for the Best American Series, O. Henry Awards, and Pushcart Prizes. Your entry fee also gets you a year’s subscription to The Missouri Review in print or in our spiffy downloadable electronic format–now featuring the entire journal in audio format. Clickherefor a free sample of last year’s contest issue in digital format.

For full submission guidelines, or to enter online, please see our website:

So please, feed the beast, because we can’t wait to read more of your best stories, poems, and essays!

All the best,

Claire McQuerry and Mike Petrik

Contest Editors

Missouri Review/357 McReynolds Hall/University of Missouri/Columbia, MO 65211

P. S. Interested in reading a past Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize winner? Check out the essays “Big Jim,” “Letters to David,” and “My Thai Girlfriends” on textBOX, the Missouri Review’s free online anthology: