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Willow Review

Willow Review 2022 CoverWillow Review is a non-profit journal published annually at the College of Lake County and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), College of Lake County Publications and private contributions and sales.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are invited Sept. 1 to May 1. of each calendar year. Send a maximum of five poems or short fiction and creative non-fiction up to 7,000 words. All work should be unpublished and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Manuscripts will not be returned unless requested. We will accept simultaneous submissions if indicated in the cover letter. At this time we are not accepting electronic submissions. As part of our mission Willow Review also publishes reviews of books written by Midwestern writers or published by Midwestern presses. Submissions should be sent to Willow Review, College of Lake County, 19351 West Washington Street, Grayslake, IL 60030-1198.


The editors award prizes for best poetry and prose in the issue. Prize awards vary contingent on the current year budget but normally range from $100-$400. There is no reading fee or separate application to be considered for these prizes. All accepted manuscripts are eligible.


In celebration of the current publication a reading is held annually at the college in mid-April. A notice of the reading is sent to all local contributors. Writers published in the current issue are invited to read from their work and to meet with the literary community.

Subscriptions and Sample Copies

Please consider subscribing to Willow Review. Private contributions and sales help us provide a quality literary magazine. Use the enclosed form to start your subscription. A sample copy may be obtained by sending a check or money order payable to Willow Review in the amount of $6. Send requests to:

Willow Review
College of Lake County
19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030-1198

Phone: (847) 543-2956

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The Willow Review is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.