The Iowa Review's mission is to provide an expertly curated, carefully edited, and beautifully designed print and online space for the voices of writers of every kind of diversity to move and enlighten us; to use the experience gained from fifty-plus years of continuous publication and our connection to the University of Iowa as a home for creative writing to validate, amplify, and encourage those voices; and to serve the reading public by presenting the best contemporary writing in short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Once published in TIR, work has recently been selected for Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best American Nonrequired Reading, the Pushcart Prize, and the Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize.

The Iowa Review publishes three issues per year. (Subscribe here!)

The magazine is indexed by EBSCOhost, JSTOR, and ProQuest.   

Our Paper 

The Iowa Review is printed on 60-lb. Natural Rolland Opaque paper that contains 30% post-consumer recycled fiber and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. We mail each issue in an SFI-certified paper envelope rather than a plastic bag. Like most paperback books, our issues can be recycled in the "mixed paper" bins at most recycling centers—but we hope you'll keep or donate them! 

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