The Michigan Quarterly Review is seeking submissions for a special issue reflecting critically on the thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and on the current failings and future promises of Europe. We are not interested in nostalgia or celebration. Rather, we want outstanding work in any genre that addresses the dramatic transformations of 1989 as a contemporary issue and that recognizes local, even personal realities as echoes of global social and geopolitical problems. The Guest Editor for this issue is poet, translator, and literary scholar Benjamin Paloff.
The Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary and international literary journal, combining distinctive voices in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as works in translation. Our work extends online as well, where we publish cultural commentary alongside reviews and interviews with writers, artists, and cultural figures around the world. The flagship literary journal of the University of Michigan, our magazine embraces creative urgency and cultural relevance, aiming to challenge conventions and address long-overdue conversations. As we continue to promote an expansive and inclusive vision, we seek work from established and emerging writers with diverse aesthetics and experiences.
Prose: 5,000 words max. Poetry: 8 pages max. Translations welcome.
Interviews and Reviews for MQR Online: 3,000 words max.