Southeast Missouri State University Press

Mighty River Short Story Contest

Deadline: October 1, annually This contest is on temporary hiatus due to time constraints beyond our control. We hope to have it back for 2021 or 2022!

Reading Fee: $20 (Through Submittable–please contact us at if you’d like to make alternate arrangements).

Award, contest deadline of October 1, annually: $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 entered in Submittable’s “Cover Letter”:
    • Contest title
    • Manuscript title
    • Author name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Your name/contact¬†information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may disqualify entry.

Submit through our Submittable page!