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The Missouri Review is a literary magazine. Founded in 1978 by the University of Missourimarker, it publishes fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction quarterly. With its open submission policy, The Missouri Review receives 12,000 manuscripts each year and is known for printing previously unpublished and emerging authors.

Each year The Missouri Review hosts the Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Prize contest with $9000 in prize money for entries in fiction, essays, and poetry. The winners receive prize money, publication, and an invitation to a public awards reception.

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Found text

The Missouri Review also publishes "found text" projects, usually previously unpublished work by past literary figures. These include works by Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Charlotte Brontë, Jack Kerouac and Marianne Moore.

History as literature

This series highlights diaries and journals of everyday citizens, giving perspective and insight into our past as a nation and people.

  • As a young Choctaw Indian, Peter Pitchlynn gave what might be the only journal account by a native American of the U.S. Government's policy of tribal removal in the mid-1800s Trail of Tears.
  • A nurse in Cuba during the Spanish American War in 1898, Amy Wingreen displayed bravery and a spirit of responsibility, helping to lead to the found of the Nurse Corps in 1901.
  • The second African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvardmarker, Lorenzo Greene traveled through the south in 1930 selling books on black history.


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