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.
We seek nonfiction that bends—but does not break—the genre. We want to see risk-taking with structure, chronology, form, and other elements of nonfiction (save for truth—there’s no messing with that) to tell a richly textured story. A distinctive voice and command of language are musts. We are open to memoir that goes beyond the personal story to engage with larger ideas and broader perspectives as well as thesis-driven personal explorations of scholarly and critical topics.
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.