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Big Muddy

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  • Journal of the Mississippi River Valley
  • About this Magazine:

    Multidisciplinary issues and events, especially but not solely concerning the 10-state area that borders the Mississippi River, from the Canadian border to the Gulf Coast

  • Contact Information:

  • Organization (if applicable): MS 2650, One University Plaza
  • Address 1: Southeast Missouri State University
  • City: Cape Girardeau
  • State Code: MO
  • Postal Code: 63701
  • Phone: (573) 651-2044
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Submission/Subscription Information:

  • Format: Online, Print
  • Genres: Art, Fiction, Nonfiction, Photography, Poetry
  • Sample (Postpaid): $6
  • Copy Price: $8
  • Simultaneous Submissions: yes
  • Postal Submissions: no
  • Email Submissions: no
  • Online Submissions: yes (see Submittable)
  • Subscription (individuals): $20
  • Reading Period: year-round
  • Response Time: 6 months
  • Payment: copies
  • Contests: yes (see website)
  • ISSN: 1532-9860
  • Founded: 2000
  • Issues Per Year: 1

Publisher's description: Small Press Review calls Big Muddy “a captivating collection.” Big Muddy has been rollin’ since 2000, publishing an interdisciplinary selection of creative nonfiction essays, history, poetry, fiction, biography, environmental sciences, industry/business, photography, music, and art in a perfect-bound, color-cover format. While topics related to the Mississippi River Valley are always encouraged, a direct relation to the area is not necessary; after all, most of the continent leads in one way or another to the Big River Road. The magazine also includes short (300-500 word) reviews of predominantly independent and university-press books.

Our past contributors include emerging writers who deserve to be heard, as well as well-known voices such as that of Colleen McElroy, Stephen Graham Jones, Virgil Suarez, Jim Elledge, Elaine Fowler Palencia, Ryan G. Van Cleave, David Radavitch, and Richard Newman. Big Muddy sponsors two annual fiction contests: the Mighty River Short Story contest and the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction contest.