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UPDATE: Though the cream city review submissions manager is temporarily offline as we migrate host sites, we are still reading submissions which have been submitted during open reading periods.  Though you will not be able to log in to check the status of your submissions while we are temporarily offline, we are working to get the submissions manager back up soon!  Thanks for your patience!


Thank you for your interest in contributing to the cream city review. We are devoted to publishing memorable and energetic fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.  We also feature reviews of contemporary literature and criticism, as well as author interviews, artwork, and comics.General submissions are accepted from August 1 to November 1 (Fall/Theme Issue) and from January 1 to April 1 (Spring Issue). Submissions are considered for issues one year in advance.Contributors are given a one-year subscription to CCR beginning with the issue in which their work appears. Copyright automatically reverts to the author upon publication, however, CCR retains the right to republish in future issues of the magazine.CCR seeks to publish not only a broad range of writings, but a broad range of writers with diverse backgrounds as well.  Both beginning and well-established writers are welcome.
Submissions are only accepted via our online submission management system. Submissions via mail or email will be discarded without response.The only exceptions are submissions for our annual literary prizes, accepted via paper mail, due to the $15 entrant’s fee.

A few things to keep in mind:

    • The author’s name and address should appear on the first page of the manuscript.
    • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, as long as CCR is notified at the time of submission.
    • Files should be submitted in PDF, RTF, or DOC format.
    • Be sure to keep a copy of your work—CCR cannot be responsible for lost or damaged files.
    • Reporting time is 2–8 months.

Fiction: Preferably fewer than twenty pages, although we occasionally consider longer material. Please submit no more than one story at a time.

Poetry: No length restrictions. Please submit no more than five poems at a time. When submitting using the online system, please include all poems in a single file.

Creative Nonfiction: We are interested in well-crafted creative nonfiction and personal essays, book reviews (from one to ten pages), well-researched critical essays, and interviews.

You may withdraw your own submissions via the submission management system; in the case of a partial withdrawal of a poem or poems, we request that you email our Poetry Editors

For inquiries or withdrawals, please contact the appropriate genre editor:








We are interested in color and black-and-white artwork. We use 6-8 pieces of art per issue. Sometimes our aesthetic reflects the themes appropriate to each respective issue; at other times, it reflects a general interest in the blending of genre and media. Please submit high resolution (300 dpi or better) image files, JPG or PDF preferred.For inquiries please email: art@creamcityreview.org
Every Spring, cream city review sponsors contests in both Fiction and Poetry. Winners receive a $1000 prize and featured publication in the contest issue.The contests are judged by well-established, and sometimes local, writers. Some of our past judges include:

  • Gordon Weaver
  • Susan Firer
  • Beth Ann Fennelly
  • Ron Rindo
  • Caroline Knox
  • Allison Joseph
  • A. Manette Ansay
  • Josh Bell
  • Michael Marton
  • David Truer

Deadline: December 31.

Fee: $15/story (no longer than 20 pages) or 3-5 poems, payable to cream city review. The entrant’s fee includes a copy of the contest issue.

Prize submissions must be typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced), and include the author’s name and address.

There is no need to include an SASE, as winners will be announced on this site before publication of the Spring issue.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as cream city review is notified in the event the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. However, the reading fee is non-refundable.

Address your submission to fiction contest or poetry contest and send your entry to:

cream city review
Department of English
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201


Sadly, for reasons beyond our control, we will be closing our David B. Saunders Non-Fiction Contest.  All submissions received before today will still be considered for general publication and all entry fees will be returned.  Please do not send any further submissions to the contest—we’ll be sad and will return them unread.

If you have any questions, please email us at info[at]creamcityreview.org.

The theme for the Fall 2012 reading period at cream city review is “constraints.” For more information, see our front page.Submissions will be accepted between August 1 and November 1, 2012.Past themes include “visual” and “labor”.