Big Muddy is an 8.5 x 5.5 perfectbound, color-cover, semi-annual publication that explores multidisciplinary issues and events. Although we encourage topics about the 10-state area that borders the Mississippi River, from the United States/Canadian border to Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, a connection of subject matter to the region is not required.

Big Muddy publishes:
  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Essays/Creative Nonfiction
  • Book Reviews
  • Art and Photography
We Welcome Nonfiction on a Number of Topics, including, but not limited to:
  • History
  • Biography
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Industry/Business
  • Music
  • Art
  • Regional Events
Praise for Big Muddy

“A rowdy, profound ride and worth every second.”
         ―Review of Big Muddy BY Molly Clasen, NewPages.com

Contact Info
Big Muddy
Southeast Missouri State University Press
One University Plaza, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
573-651-2044
Email upress@semo.edu with any questions. 

Editor: Dr. James Brubaker

Manuscripts Must Be:

  • High-quality
  • Original, previously unpublished
  • In English
  • Double-spaced (poetry should be single-spaced unless extra space is part of its format)
  • Have all necessary citations and documentation in MLA or APA format
  • If submitting photos or other images as electronic files, please send at a resolution of 300 dpi.
  • Please limit number of individual pieces submitted to: 
      • (1) for fiction, non-fiction, or reviews 
      • (6) for poetry and photography
    • Due to large volumes of submissions, any additional pieces submitted over these limits will not be considered. 

Please allow 8-12 weeks for a response.

Payment to contributors is two copies. Contributors receive a 25% discount on additional issues; contact us to order.

Payment to reviewers is one copy.

Ends on October 1, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by October 1, annually.

Reading Fee: $20 (Through Submittable--if you are unable to pay through Submittable, please email upress@semo.edu to make alternate arrangements). 

Award, contest deadline of October 1, 2018: $1000 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must not be previously published.
  • Submit a maximum of 30 pages, double-spaced, with the following information included in the "Cover Letter" section of the submission page:
    • Contest title
    • Manuscript title
    • Author name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Email (if available)
    • Your name/contact information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may disqualify entry.

Manuscripts Must Be:

  • High-quality
  • Original, previously unpublished
  • In English
  • Double-spaced 
  • Please limit number of individual pieces submitted to 1. 

Manuscripts Must Be:

  • High-quality
  • Original, previously unpublished
  • In English
  • Single-spaced unless extra space is part of its format
  • Please limit number of poems submitted to 6.

Manuscripts Must Be:

  • High-quality
  • Original, previously unpublished
  • In English
  • Double-spaced 
  • Have all necessary citations and documentation in MLA or APA format
  • Please limit number of individual pieces submitted to 1. 

Photos Must Be:

  • High-quality
  • Original, previously unpublished
  • 300 dpi
  • Please limit number of photos submitted to 6.

Manuscripts Must Be:

  • Big Muddy is dedicated to reviewing full-length of any genre books from independent, university, and small presses.
  • Reviews should be double-spaced pages (approximately 300-500 words).
  • Reviews should be over books published within the last two years. 
  • All documentation should be in appropriate style for your field.
  • We prefer only a minimum of summary. Your educated, supported opinion is most valuable to the review.
  • Reviewers are sent one copy of the issue in which their review is published. The review becomes the property of Southeast Missouri State University Press.
Do you subscribe to Big Muddy? Consider purchasing a submission while you're here submitting. And for our submitters, we're offering a 10% discount off of our usual subscription rate. That means two issues of Big Muddy for just $18.00. 

All of the usual submission rules and guidelines are the same, this category is just for submitters who want to subscribe to our magazine.

It's important to remember that purchasing a subscription will in no way change our editorial decisions about your work. We'll look at the work just like every other submission. Basically, this is just like submitting your work normally, but you get two lovely issues of Big Muddy after you submit (Note: if your work is accepted, your subscription will begin with the issue following the one that you'll receive contributors copies for). 

Please make sure to note the genre of submission in your cover letter, and please do make sure your contact information is correct for the subscription. 




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We love what we do, here, at Big Muddy, and we love sharing your work with as wide an audience as possible. Of course, it takes money to keep any literary endeavor afloat. If you feel so inclined, and are a fan of the magazine, consider making a small donation with your submission to help us grow and to keep running.

Please keep in mind, Tip Jar Submissions will absolutely not influence are editorial decisions about work we accept and reject. We just thought we'd put this here in case you love what we do and wanted to help out. 

One last thing: please make sure to specify the genre of your work in your cover letter.