We are open for submissions! August 1st to Nov 1st 2022

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. Works from current UWM students(and Alumni from the past two years) are not eligible for submission.

Please only upload one submission per genre (up to five pieces per submission for poetry and visual art). 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.
  • NOTE: While we admire and welcome stories that borrow from commercial genres like science fiction and mystery, traditional works in these genres are unlikely to find a home with us.

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

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  • 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,  LGBTQ2S+ poets, and poets with disabilities, in addition to whatever other world-views 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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  • Number of pieces: Please submit up to 4 works of unpublished art (work that has not been published in print or selected through a juried process, such as contests). Our artists are often published portfolio-style—if your work is advanced for publication, we may showcase more than one of your pieces.
  • Format: Image files (JPG, TIFF or PDF), high resolution (300 dpi or better).
  • From the editor: Please visit our Instagram account to get a sense of the type of work we have published before. In addition to 2D works, we are also interested in documentations of installations, social practice projects, earth art, light art, street art, and maker work. We like text art and asemic writing. We’re open to showcasing artists from anywhere in the world, but be sure to let us know if your work has connections to Milwaukee.

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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