Uncategorized | August 25, 2015



In announcing The Missouri Review’s 25th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay, and Poetry—where each genre winner earns a feature in our Spring 2016 issue, a fancy reading in Columbia, and a cool five grand—I thought I would bring us back to 1990, the year that the Editors’ Prize began. Here are 25 things that went down 25 years ago:

  1. The most complete skeleton of a T-Rex was found in South Dakota.
  2. The Simpsons aired on Fox for the first time.
  3. Nelson Mandella was released from prison in South Africa after 28 years.
  4. The destruction of the Berlin Wall began in June.
  5. Entertainment Weekly hit newsstands.
  6. Seinfeld premiered on NBC.
  7. West Germany won the World Cup.
  8. Industrialized countries agreed to stop dumping garbage into the oceans.
  9. Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation.
  10. The first web page was written.
  11. The Space Shuttle Discovery places the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit.
  12. Microsoft released Windows 3.0.
  13. Wilson Phillips’ song “Hold On” debuted on the radio.
  14. The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series (as a Reds fan, I have no memory of this, which makes me sad).
  15. Twin Peaks premiered on ABC.
  16. George H.W. Bush was named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year.
  17. Milli Vanilli’s producer revealed they were lip-synching on their Grammy award-winning album.
  18. The first Home Alone film came out in theaters.
  19. The poll tax took effect in the UK.
  20. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $700,000.
  21. Parachute pants were all the rage, as shown in MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”
  22. Dances with Wolves won the Oscar.
  23. Sinead O’Connor topped the charts with “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
  24. The Leaning Tower of Pisa closed due to safety.
  25. The Cold War came to an end.

We’ve certainly come a long way since 1990, and here at TMR, we’ve come a long way, too. Submit to our Editors’ Prize before October 1st, 2015 for your chance to be a part of history—and, you know, to win $5,000.

We can’t wait to read your submissions!

Editors’ Prize Guidelines

25th Annual 
Jeffrey E. Smith 
Editors’ Prize in 
Fiction, Essay, and Poetry

Not Just Any Contest!

Select winning entries in the past have been reprinted in the Best American series.

$5,000 Fiction | $5,000 Poetry | $5,000 Essay  

DEADLINE: October 1, 2015

Submit online now or download the entry form (PDF) for print submissions.

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: www.missourireview.com/anthology

Complete Guidelines

  • Page restrictions: Please include no more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages in total. Each story, essay, or group of poems constitutes one entry.
  • Entry fee: $20 for each entry (make checks payable to The Missouri Review). Each fee entitles the entrant to a one-year subscription to TMR in print or digital format (for a free sample of a digital issue, go here!), an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Please enclose a complete address for subscriptions.
  • Entry instructions (for mailed entries): Include the printable contest entry form. On the first page of each submission, include author’s name, address, e-mail and telephone number. Entries must be previously unpublished and will not be returned. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask for immediate notification if the piece is accepted for publication elsewhere. Mark the outside of the envelope “Fiction,” “Essay,” or “Poetry.” Each entry in a separate category must be mailed in a separate envelope. Enclose a #10 SASE or e-mail address for an announcement of winners. Entries will not be returned.
  • Eligibility: Previous winners of the Editors’ Prize and previous employees of TMR are ineligible. Previous finalists, however, may enter again.
  • Mailing address:Missouri Review Editors’ Prize
357 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
  • What Are You Waiting For? Enter Online Now!

Download the entry form for print submissions.

The winners will be announced in January 2016.

If you have any questions regarding the Editors’ Prize Contest, please feel free to e-mail us at: contest_question@missourireview.com.