From the Mailbag: Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

From The Mailbag

Following is a message received in the Guild's inbox from Sherell Barbee, Contest Assistant Editor, on behalf of Missouri Review.

I’m writing to let you know about an award and publication opportunity that I hope you’ll share with your writing community.

The Missouri Review’s 27th Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction is now open for submissions. First-place winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our spring issue and paid travel to a gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists will have their work considered for publication at our usual contributor rate of $40 per printed page.

This opportunity is open to both emerging and established writers—we are most of all concerned with finding strong work, which is why I particularly wanted to pass on the word to writers involved with your organization. I would very much appreciate it if you could let folks there know about our contest. All writers submitting to our contest receive a one-year digital subscription to the Missouri Review (normal price $24) and a paperback copy of the first title of our new imprint, Missouri Review Books, The Trail of the Demon by Jane Gillette (normal price $14.95).

We accept submissions online or by mail. The postmark deadline is October 2, and winners will be announced in January of 2018.

You can find more information about the contest through our website:

We look forward to reading your writers’ submissions!

Best regards,
Sherell Barbee
Contest Assistant Editor

The Missouri Review
357 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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