Southeast Missouri State University Press

Big Muddy

A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley

Big Muddy is an 8×8 perfectbound, color-cover, annual publication that explores multidisciplinary issues and events. We publish fiction, poetry, and essays on a number of topics. We’re looking for work that hits us in the gut and makes us think. We do appreciate work and topics dealing with the 10-state area that borders the Mississippi River, from the United States/Canadian border to Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, but ultimately, we just want work that resonates with us, no matter where it’s from or where it’s set. Check out our submissions page and send us your best, most polished work. We can’t wait to see it.

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Praise for Big Muddy

“A rowdy, profound ride and worth every second.”

―Review of Big Muddy by Molly Clasen,

“Big Muddy, a literary journal published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press, is as remarkable as the mighty river it is named after.”

―David Matteri,

“—a captivating collection.”

—Small Press Review

“This semi-annual publication continues to produce original and engaging work.”

—Kevin Wisniewski, Small Magazine Review

“The magazine is very unpretentious and is worth sitting down to read.”

—John Jacob, Small Magazine Review

“Each wind of the Mississippi River leads its travelers to a new and unique perspective. Like its namesake, Big Muddy encompasses a variety of focuses, ideas, and styles, which sets this little magazine apart from others.”

—Lynn Watson, Luna Park

“The editors of this journal pack in a surprising amount, a wide variety of genres and art forms, a vast expanse of subject matter, and yet a surprisingly cohesive reading experience.”

—Kristin Berkey-Abbott, New Pages Lit Mag Reviews

Contact Information

James Brubaker


Big Muddy is published every Spring and every Fall.

Subscriptions are $20 annually, or $38 for a 2-year subscription (U.S. currency).
Outside U.S., add $10 postage and handling.

Prepayment is required.


Sample Copy

A sample copy of Big Muddy can be purchased for $6 (postage paid). Our staff will choose a back issue to send. Limit one sample copy per household.


Past issues of Big Muddy are available through our online catalog.

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We encourage submissions that are interdisciplinary in approach. Topics related to the Mississippi River Valley are encouraged and given preference, though a direct relation to the area is not necessary.

Submission Details

Online Publications

In an effort to increase the availability of knowledge about the Mississippi River Valley to the general public, Southeast Missouri State University Press will be providing online access to our nonfiction pieces, provided appropriate permission is given by the authors. Click on the links below to view our online publications.

Researched Articles / Reference Pieces

Autobiographical / Personal Essays


Permission granted for online publication by respective authors. Authors retain all other rights to their works.
Please forward any questions to Southeast Missouri State University Press.