New Poetry and Fiction from the Midwest

New American Press seeks to support and spotlight the flourishing crop of Midwestern writers who consistently produce work that is innovative, engaging, finely crafted, and strong in voice. To that end, New American Press will release a new anthology of recent work from the Midwest each year.

“Midwestern” is a term both vague and diverse in meaning, and we will seize on these qualities as we gather the best work from the Midwest. We want stories and poems with heart. We also want to explode the generally accepted notions of what the Midwest is and what Midwestern writing is, while honoring its rich and long-standing traditions.

What counts as work from the Midwest? We welcome writers who currently live in, pursued an education in, or were born in one of the following twelve states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and writers addressing any of these states, or the region as a whole.

Contributors receive two copies, a 50% discount on future copies, and a shot at a $100 Heartland Poetry Prize or the Jay Prefontaine Heartland Fiction Prize.

Online submission is available at Submishmash.


New Poetry from the Midwest 2016 (forthcoming)

New Stories from the Midwest 2016
Editor: Lee Martin
Series Editors: Jason Lee Brown and Shanie Latham
ISBN 978-1941561065

Featuring work by Thomas K. Atkinson, Charles Baxter, Catherine Browder, Claire Burgess, Peter Ho Davies, Stephanie Dickineson, Jack Driscoll, Nick Dybek, Stuart Dybek, Abby Geni, Albert Goldbarth, Baird Harper, Rebecca Makkai, Monica McFawn, John McNally, Emily Mitchell, Devin Murphy, Joyce Carol Oates, Lori Ostlund, Noley Reid, Christine Sneed, Anne Valente, Laura Van Den Berg, Joosh Weil, and Theodore Wheeler.

New Poetry from the Midwest 2014
Series Editors: Okla Elliott and Hannah Stephenson
ISBN 978-0984943975

Featuring work by Robert Archambeau, Ruth Awad, David Baker, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Roy Bentley, George David Clark, Sarah Coury, Karen Craigo, Pat Daneman, Steve Davenport, Peter Davis, Kwame Dawes, Rebecca Dunham, Kathy Fagan, Marc Frazier, Brandi George, Chris Green, Amorak Huey, Rochelle Hurt, Liam Hysjulien, Sean Karns, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Stephen Kuusisto, Lyn Lifshin, Sandy Longhorn, Kim Lozano, Richard Newman, Deonte Osayande, Rachel Peckham, Rita Mae Reese, Maggie Smith, Robert Stewart, Lee Upton, and more!

New Stories from the Midwest 2013
Editor: Rosellen Brown
Series Editors: Jason Lee Brown and Shanie Latham
ISBN 978-0984943975

Featuring work by Alexander Weinstein, Chris Dennis, Mary Morris, Rachel Swearingen, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Greg Schultz, Roxane Gay, Justyn Harkin, Mark Mayer, Steve De Jarnatt, Susan Power, Sharon Solwitz, Ian Stansel, Mary Stone Dockery, Bonnie Nadzam, Gina Frangello, Kate Blakinger, Debbie Urbanski, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, and David Yost.



Recently released titles from New American Press:

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, the story collection by 2013 New American Fiction Prize-winner Alden Jones, is now available! Check out her interview at Bloom.

TAURUS, poems by Paul Nemser, is ready for your order. What are folks saying about this myth-infused love story set amongst the sentient robot arms of contemporary St. Petersburg? Check out The Huffington Post review by Valerie Stivers-Isakova.

ELECTRICITY & OTHER DREAMS, a collection of magical stories by Micah Dean Hicks, is available and getting attention. Check out the starred review at Publishers Weekly!

THE THAW, newly-translated stories by award-winning Icelandic novelist Ólafur Gunnarsson, is ready for your nighttable. In the meantime, see what they had to say at the University of Rochester's Three Percent.