Please note: When you submit to Mud Season Review, you agree to be added to our email lists. You may unsubscribe from these lists at any time. By submitting, you also warrant that you are the sole creator of the work and that publishing it will not infringe on any others' rights. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Mud Season Review and its staff from and against any and all claims resulting from a breach of this warranty.

December 2019 Fundraising Special


For $350, we will review your full manuscript

** We have closed the December manuscript drive for fiction and nonfiction. We are still accepting poetry manuscripts! 

Please include with the title page a one-paragraph summary of your project and provide any direction you would like to give us regarding the type of feedback you are hoping for, and when you would ideally have it by. Typically we can provide it within a month or two. If your book isn't ready right now, attach a file with the project summary; you can send the manuscript later as a docx or pdf to editor@mudseasonreview.com. (We ask that you send it by March 1st, 2020. See our FAQ below.)


Our all-volunteer staff is dedicated to bringing great literature to life through Mud Season Review. It's our passion. The fees for this service will help us to cover the costs of our website and Submittable, and to pay our contributors.


If you have questions that aren’t answered by the FAQ below, reply to this email and we’ll respond promptly. Thanks for your support!


FAQ 

What does this review consist of?

We provide comments in the margins as well as a written letter of 700-1,500 words. We'll focus on elements of craft, from the arc of a narrative or poetry collection to sentence style and line breaks. Our goal is to help you see your own work clearly.

Editors will arrange a return date that is mutually satisfactory. In the past this has been one to two months from submission of the manuscript.


Is there a word count or page limit?

Yes. Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts are limited to 110,000 words. Poetry manuscripts can be no more than 80 pages.


Who does the reviewing?

A member of the Mud Season Review editorial staff will be assigned to your manuscript and will review or oversee each review. To ensure we match you with the best editor for your needs, please include in your email a short paragraph summation of your project and your goals.

When do I need to make my contribution?

You must submit payment by midnight EST on December 31st, 2019. We encourage you to do this as soon as possible, before we reach our manuscript limit for this review period. If you submit payment after we've reached our limit, we will refund it and put you on a wait list should additional spots open up.

Do I have to send you my manuscript by December 31?

No. You can send payment by December 31st and send us your manuscript later. To ensure that we have the time to review your manuscript, we request that you submit it no later than March 1st, 2020.

Why don't you offer this all the time?

We put a lot of effort into reading your work. Doing this all year would take away from our work editing Mud Season Review itself, so we budget our time accordingly. In the past we have been able to offer this service twice a year.

How do I submit my manuscript?

You can use this submission category to send us your manuscript.

Will I be satisfied with the feedback?

We work hard to make sure you are satisfied. Reviewers will respond to any follow-up questions, chat by phone or Skype if desired, and generally ensure you get the type of feedback you are looking for. Be sure to specify upfront any areas you would like them to focus on.



Tip Jar Submissions are optional and will be treated exactly the same as standard submissions. Please follow the same guidelines as standard submissions with the exception of noting the genre for your submission in your submission title and in your cover letter. 

A Tip Jar Submission will not increase your chances of publication, but you will be helping us to manage the costs of Submittable and to continue to pay contributors. Mud Season Review has an all-volunteer staff and is a production of the Burlington Writers Workshop, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers free writing workshops.Thank you for your support and for sharing your work with us! We're excited to see what you've created.

 

Please submit one short story of up to 6,000 words, as well as a brief biography.  

We are looking for fully realized stories that remind us of what it means to be human, that take risks, that show us something new, and that stand up over multiple reads, deepening with each encounter.

Tip Jar Submissions are optional and will be treated exactly the same as standard submissions. Please follow the same guidelines as standard submissions with the exception of noting the genre for your submission in your submission title and in your cover letter. 


A Tip Jar Submission will not increase your chances of publication, but you will be helping us to manage the costs of Submittable and to continue to pay contributors. Mud Season Review has an all-volunteer staff and is a production of the Burlington Writers Workshop, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers free writing workshops.Thank you for your support and for sharing your work with us! We're excited to see what you've created.


 Please submit one nonfiction piece of up to 6,000 words as well as a brief biography. 

Mud Season Review’s creative nonfiction team seeks:


Memoir that goes beyond a personal story to offer insight that feels universal 

and/or

Narrative-driven essays that present data, perspectives, persuasive arguments, and/or critical social topics in a palpable context


In short, we value well-polished, well-crafted stories that move us.


Send us the story that only you can tell, where subject matter isn’t the story but adds another layer to a rich and complex journey of thought. Likewise, craft decisions—point-of-view, structure, chronology, etc.—that enrich meaning and understanding, that have purpose beyond pure wit, whimsy, boundary pushing, or aesthetics.


As we read, we remain committed to founding editor Rebecca Starks’ three tenets: 

A strong voice

A view from elsewhere

That it be fully realized


See what Rebecca means in this interview


And while our word count is generous, it is not an invitation to be careless. Please be sure that every word in your submission is needed to tell your story. 


Nonfiction accepted for publication will be fact-checked. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage, our editors will ask you for documentation of your sources and for help with the fact-checking process. Citations need not be submitted with essays, but we would recommend that you keep notes and/or a bibliography on file.

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Tip Jar Submissions are optional and will be treated exactly the same as standard submissions. Please follow the same guidelines as standard submissions with the exception of noting the genre for your submission in your submission title and in your cover letter.

A Tip Jar Submission will not increase your chances of publication, but you will be helping us to manage the costs of Submittable and to continue to pay contributors. Mud Season Review has an all-volunteer staff and is a production of the Burlington Writers Workshop, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers free writing workshops.Thank you for your support and for sharing your work with us! We're excited to see what you've created.


Please submit in one file a portfolio of 3-5 poems (up to 10 pages), with each poem on its own page(s); along with a brief biography. We respond to a wide range of poetry, and to voice above all else. We are looking for poems that compelled their own writing, emotion that purifies and intensifies language, point of view that catches us off-guard. We prefer formal verse that can range as widely and think and feel as deeply as free verse; and free verse that still finds ways to put pressure on language. 

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Please submit 1 to 6 digital images of your work (JPG is preferred, minimum 300 dpi). Images must be professionally photographed and cropped to exclude anything that is not considered part of the work. 

We accept all media: paintings, drawing, prints, photography, animation, mixed media, collage, and sculpture (in the case of 3 dimensional work, keep in mind that it must read well in 2 dimensional form). We are open to all content/style; realism, surrealism, abstraction, conceptual, etc. We seek both: 1) images that may be paired with writing to enhance the visual word and 2) theme-based portfolios to be featured monthly. (Please indicate your preference in your cover letter.)

Please include the artist's last name and title of the piece in each file name. Also include in your cover letter: 1) the titles, media, and dimensions of each image; 2) a 50-word or less biographic statement; 3) a 50-word or less artistic statement; and 4) your consideration preference as noted above.

Artists must be 18 years or older. See our general guidelines for more information.

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Please submit one short story of up to 6,000 words, as well as a brief biography.  

We are looking for fully realized stories that remind us of what it means to be human, that take risks, that show us something new, and that stand up over multiple reads, deepening with each encounter.

Please submit one nonfiction piece of up to 6,000 words as well as a brief biography. 

Mud Season Review’s creative nonfiction team seeks:

Memoir that goes beyond a personal story to offer insight that feels universal 

and/or

Narrative-driven essays that present data, perspectives, persuasive arguments, and/or critical social topics in a palpable context


In short, we value well-polished, well-crafted stories that move us.


Send us the story that only you can tell, where subject matter isn’t the story but adds another layer to a rich and complex journey of thought. Likewise, craft decisions—point-of-view, structure, chronology, etc.—that enrich meaning and understanding, that have purpose beyond pure wit, whimsy, boundary pushing, or aesthetics.


As we read, we remain committed to founding editor Rebecca Starks’ three tenets: 

A strong voice

A view from elsewhere

That it be fully realized


See what Rebecca means in this interview

And while our word count is generous, it is not an invitation to be careless. Please be sure that every word in your submission is needed to tell your story. 


Nonfiction accepted for publication will be fact-checked. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage, our editors will ask you for documentation of your sources and for help with the fact-checking process. Citations need not be submitted with essays, but we would recommend that you keep notes and/or a bibliography on file.


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Please submit in one file a portfolio of 3-5 poems (up to 10 pages), with each poem on its own page(s); along with a brief biography. We respond to a wide range of poetry, and to voice above all else. We are looking for poems that compelled their own writing, emotion that purifies and intensifies language, point of view that catches us off-guard. We prefer formal verse that can range as widely and think and feel as deeply as free verse; and free verse that still finds ways to put pressure on language.

For $35.00, a Mud Season Review editor or assistant editor will provide you with a 250-500 word critical response to your piece, within two weeks of your submission date. Limit 5,000 words. 

For $35.00, a Mud Season Review editor or assistant editor will provide you with a 250-500 word critical response to your poems, within two weeks of your submission date. Limit 3 poems, up to 10 pages.

For $35.00, the nonfiction editor or managing editor of Mud Season Review will provide you with a 250-500 word critical response to your piece, within two weeks of your submission date. Limit 5,000 words. Please include in your cover letter any guidance you'd like to give the editors, in terms of what feedback would be most helpful to you. 

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