Willow Review

Award-winning, non-profit literary journal

Immerse yourself in this curated collection of poems, short fiction and creative non-fiction. Open to all writers, the Willow Review is published annually at the College of Lake County.

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Receive a prize

The editors award prizes for the best poetry and prose in each issue. Prize awards vary and normally range from $100-$400.

There is no reading fee or separate application for your work to be considered for a prize. All accepted manuscripts are eligible for an award.

Attend a reading

To celebrate the current publication, we hold a reading annually in mid-April at the college. All local contributors are notified of the reading. We invite the writers published in the current issue to read from their work and to meet with the literary community.


In 2023, the Willow Review celebrated 50 years of publication. The journal is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the College of Lake County. Subscriptions and private contributions allow us to continue to provide you with this high-quality literary magazine year after year.

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Contact Us

Reach out for questions. If you want a sample copy of the publication, mail a check or money order payable to Willow Review in the amount of $6.

Willow Review
College of Lake County
19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030-1198
(847) 543-2956

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