the minnesota review

a journal of creative and critical writing 

the minnesota review

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For information on how to submit an article, visit submission guidelines.

Journal Current volume: 2021 Frequency: Two issues annually

Academic Editor: Janell Watson

Publishing contemporary poetry and fiction as well as reviews, critical commentary, and interviews of leading intellectual figures, the minnesota review curates smart, accessible collections of progressive new work. This eclectic survey provides lively and sophisticated signposts to navigating current critical discourse. Under the leadership of editor Janell Watson, the review will maintain its tradition of exploring the most exciting literary and critical developments for both specialists and a general audience.


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Editorial Office:
Virginia Tech
202 Major Williams Hall (0192)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-4812 (fax)

Janell Watson

Editorial Assistant:
Laura Collins

Creative Writing Advisers:
Ed Falco
Jeff Mann
Erika Meitner
Carmen Giménez Smith
Evan Lavender Smith
Matthew Vollmer

Executive Editorial Board:
François Debrix
Timothy Luke
Jeffrey Williams

Editorial Advisory Board:
Bruno Bosteels
Gaurav Desai
Mark Driscoll
Susan Hegeman
Eugene Holland
Eleanor Kaufman
Federico Luisetti
Vivasvan Soni
Kenneth Surin
Philip Wegner

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As a review-style journal of literature and the critical humanities, the minnesota review features critical commentary aimed at scholars of literature and culture, alongside contemporary poetry and short fiction. We welcome inquiries at

To Submit Critical Writing

On the critical side, we specialize in interviews, articles, and review essays that contextualize, historicize, and assess the intellectual, institutional, and political issues of concern to the critical humanities. We encourage e-mail inquiries prior to submission. Send critical writing as an e-mail attachment (in Word or PDF) to

General guidelines for critical writing. Critical articles should target general academic readers and conform to standards of scholarly writing in fields such as literary criticism, cultural studies, and the critical social sciences. Discussions of larger trends and theoretical frameworks are preferable to specialized microanalyses. Contributions may take various forms, including critical commentary that asks readers to revaluate a person, movement, or text or that challenges received opinion; review essays that cover multiple works (not limited to books) or that situate one work in a broader context; or interviews with key scholars or figures in the field. Potential contributors are invited to consult previous issues to get a sense of the kind of criticism we publish.

Special focus topics. Many issues include a special focus section on a topic of interest to critically minded humanities scholars. Send inquiries to Detailed calls for papers are available on request.

To Submit Creative Writing

Creative writing should be submitted using our online submission system. Upon your first visit, you will be asked to register and create a profile. You will then be able to upload your work (as Word or PDF files). If you have problems uploading or registering, e-mail us at We do not accept paper submissions unless there are unusual circumstances. Please e-mail us at or write us at the following address to request an exemption from the online submission requirement:

Janell Watson, Editor
minnesota review
Virginia Tech
ASPECT, 202 Major Williams Hall (0192)
Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA

General guidelines for creative writers. We publish all types of poetry and short fiction (up to 5,000 words). Creative nonfiction (up to 10,000 words) is accepted for select issues. We consider only unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. Multiple poems should be grouped into one Word or PDF file. Responses will be provided via e-mail. Payment will be in the form of two free copies of the issue in which your work appears, which we will send to you upon publication. Please wait at least three months after your last submission to submit again. If a work is still under review, you may withdraw it and submit new work, up to the limits already mentioned.

Our literary editors work during academic semesters and have established the following dates during which they will be reading:

Poetry: August 1–November 1 and January 1–April 1
Short fiction: August 1–November 1 and January 1–April 1

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Indexed/abstracted in the following: Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Book Review Index Plus, Current Abstracts, Current Contents, Dietrich's Index Philosophicus, Humanities International Complete, Humanities International Index, Humanities Source Ultimate, Humanities Source, IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur, Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur, Left Index (Online), MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, Professional ProQuest Central, ProQuest 5000, ProQuest Central, Research Library, Scopus, TOC Premier (Table of Contents), Ulrichsweb, Web of Science.

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ISSN: 0026-5667
e-ISSN: 2157-4189