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.


*After much deliberation, we will have to charge a $3 submission fee starting January 1st. While we did our best to maintain a fee-free model, we can no longer sustain this. Please be assured that the $3 goes toward Submittable fees. Thank you for your understanding & support!

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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.

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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, 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.

  • 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.

Art
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  • 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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