Thank you for your interest in contributing to Cream City Review. We are devoted to publishing memorable and energetic fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid texts, and artwork which represent a broad range of creators with diverse, unique backgrounds. General submissions are accepted for our print magazine and/or online feature from August 1 to November 1 and from January 1 to April 1. 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. 


Please only upload one submission per genre (up to five pieces per submission for poetry). Multiple submissions in a single genre will be ignored.

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  • Number of pieces: Please send one story at a time.
  • Number of pages per piece: Manuscripts should be no longer than 20 double-spaced pages.
  • Format:  .doc, .docx or PDF.
  • From the editors:  What makes a story memorable? We want lingering, emotional stories that rattle our rib cages long past the last line. We want stories that are sticky in our brains for their excellent imagery choices and their smart constructions. We are always in search of stories that bypass obvious shock tactics--graphic violence, in particular--and instead surprise the reader with their insight, their generosity of spirit, and their bravery of expression. And what makes a story energetic? We’re looking for fiction that’s tightly written and well-crafted. We love stories that know exactly why they’re making the decisions they make in form and experimentation, instead of stories that strive for oddness as an end goal. The way you tell the story should be best and only way to tell that story. We can't wait to read; thanks for trusting us with your words.

All submissions are considered for our print magazine and/or online feature. If you would not like to be considered for online publication, please state this in your cover letter.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your submission through Submittable if your work is accepted by another publication.

Ends on November 1, 2019


  • Number of pieces: 5 poems at a time in a single file format. 
  • Number of pages per piece: No length restrictions.
  • Format: .doc, .docx or PDF.
  • From the editors: We aim to elevate and represent a wide variety of authors and poetics at CCR, and as such especially encourage submissions from poets of color, Indigenous poets, queer and LGBT+ poets, and poets with disabilities, in addition to whatever other worldviews you bring to your life and work. We like strong, vivid images and language that moves the poem and the poet somewhere and take us with them. We like poems that don’t shy away from feelings, or that work towards an understanding of why we shy away from feelings at all. We like energy in our poems, kinetic and potential, and sometimes both at once. We like and encourage experimentation, and poems whose form enriches the content, not only visually, but aurally as well, so send us your weird ways of thinking, feeling, and being in the world—whether that’s a sonnet or an erasure or a form we haven’t even seen yet.

All submissions are considered for our print magazine and/or online feature. If you would not like to be considered for online publication, please state this in your cover letter.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please leave us a note in Submittable indicating which poem(s) you are withdrawing if accepted elsewhere.

Ends on November 1, 2019
  • Number of pieces: Please send one piece of creative non-fiction at a time.
  • Number of pages per piece: Manuscripts should be no longer than 20 double-spaced pages.
  • Format:  .doc and .docx preferred, PDF accepted.
  • From the editor: We are open to the full range of creative nonfiction, from the lyric essay through the personal to more topical forms. Whether the through line of the piece is drawn taut by the pursuit of fact or the unfolding of experience or the pull of an image, it is first and foremost language and voice that will draw us in.

All submissions are considered for our print magazine and/or online feature. If you would not like to be considered for online publication, please state this in your cover letter.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your work here if it is accepted elsewhere.

Ends on November 1, 2019
  • Number of pieces: Please submit up to 2 works
  • Number of pages per piece:  10 pages (+digital components).
  • Format: For print, .docx is preferred, unless graphical/visual elements are necessary (then .pdf preferred). We do not have a preferred format for digital components, but a completely self-contained webpage/HTML with the content (web directory) should be provided when possible. Given the hybridity and complexity of this genre, we may not be able to accept even meritorious submissions if we cannot provide appropriate resources and services to showcase the work.  ***Some additional criteria to consider for submission: digital work will be accessible at creamcityreview.org; smallest possible file size without distorting the work is requested; color profile used is U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2; and the print journal size is standard digest size on 80lb. matte paper. (Please contact us for any format or medium-specific needs.)
  • From the editor:  We are seeking submissions that span and coordinate both traditional print and digital components such that each platform may complement one another in the creation of interactive, programmatic, and other genre-bending works. We are looking for works that do the following: 

          - Ask how ideas are expressed differently in language and image

          -Tell a story with/across multiple media objects

          -Use written language to open up, rather than limit, possible readings of multimedia texts

          -Use multiple formats to lay bare processes typically concealed in digitization

          -Prompt participatory engagement with sound, image, and text

  • Examples may include: Poems or collage-works including QR codes or other bi-modal mechanisms, aleatory or generative texts with code exposed for manipulation, collaborative or socially mediated works with a print outcome, riddles, puzzles, or cryptograms connected to unlockable material online, and (especially) any text that stretches the boundaries of print-digital hybridity
  • Please visit us at https://uwm.edu/creamcityreview/i-o/ to get a sense of the type of work we have published before.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please leave us a note in Submittable indicating which works of art you are withdrawing if accepted elsewhere.

Art
Ends on November 1, 2019
  • Number of pieces: Please submit up to 4 works of art.
  • Format: Image files (JPG, TIFF or PDF), high resolution (300 dpi or better).
  • From the editors: Our aesthetic reflects a general interest in the blending of genre and media. We are especially interested in art which engages Milwaukee and Midwestern communities. Please visit our instagram account to get a sense of the type of work we have published before.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please leave us a note in Submittable indicating which works of art you are withdrawing if accepted elsewhere.

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