Mid Rivers Review

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A Note from Michael Kuelker, Editor of MID RIVERS REVIEW

We have a bustling literary subculture here at SCC – even during the pandemic. In addition to a wonderful slate of classes in our creative writing certificate program, the SCC English department publishes an annual literary journal and runs an open-microphone event several times in the fall and spring semesters.

The MID RIVERS REVIEW was established in 2000 and has published writing of distinction and photography and other art by SCC students, faculty, staff as well as writers from the larger community. Please see the guidelines and submission form below. Decisions for MRR 2021 will be made in mid-May 2021 with publication aimed for August/September 2021.

SCC COFFEEHOUSE is the name of our open-mike sessions and they take place via Zoom. Original poetry, prose and song only! Here are the dates and links for Spring 2021:

More information about MRR and Coffeehouse below. If you have any questions, write to me at midriversreviewscc@gmail.com or mkuelker@stchas.edu.

Let’s see your original stuff! Let not the pandemic dim our creative spirit!

Michael Kuelker
Professor (Emeritus) of English


Our most recent volume of SCC's literary journal MID RIVERS REVIEW was published in Fall 2020. It is 100 pages of poetry, prose, music & photography by SCC students, faculty and contributors from the community. You can read it in PDF form but we highly recommend consuming MRR in its beauteous physical format – a paperback in a shrink-wrapped package with four large art & poetry cards plus an MRR sticker.

You can pick up your copy of MRR 2020 at the SCC Bookstore (curbside delivery available) and at Novel Neighbor bookstore in Webster Groves (in-person shopping + curbside delivery), where you can also find MRR 2018 and MRR 2019.


Open-microphone nights known as the SCC Coffeehouse are great opportunities for the creative writer to deliver original material before a supportive audience. Anything goes -- poetry, prose, songs -- as long as it's original material. Participants sign up with Michael Kuelker a few minutes before Coffeehouse and, depending on the number of participants, have three to seven minutes to deliver the goods. Coffeehouse is free & open to the public.

Coffeehouse in Fall 2021 takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the SSB first floor lounge. Free refreshments will be served including hot coffee, hot tea, thunder thigh cookies and cold bottled water.

This is a terrific showcase for original creative work! You can be assured of an evening lively with creativity as writers share poems and stories covering the whole spectrum of the human condition. A typical session features mostly students with a smattering of faculty, SCC alums and folks from the general public. It's serious fun in a casual but respectful atmosphere.

Mid Rivers Review Submission Guidelines

  • Original, unpublished poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction and artistic black and white photos may be submitted at any time throughout the year.
  • No simultaneous submissions. Entries will not be returned. Enclose a SASE for notification of entry status.
  • All written submissions must be typed as a Microsoft Word document using 12-point type and a standard font. Author's name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. With each entry, please staple a sealed envelope containing the work's title, and the author's name, address, phone numbers and email address.
  • Poems should be single-spaced, one poem per page, with stanza and line breaks clearly indicated; limit 4 poems.
  • Fiction or essay entries should be 1500 words or less, double-spaced (5-6 double-spaced pages); limit two prose entries.
  • Black and white photos or artwork entries should be submitted initially as 4 x 6 (or larger) prints. Color entries will be considered for cover. Electronic submission of photos may be required.
  • If work is accepted, author must provide work in electronic format on CD or disk (one disk, with each entry as a separate document), or as email attachment (Microsoft Word or PDF).
  • Complete the submission form and mail entries to: Michael Kuelker, Editor, Mid Rivers Review, HUM 203, St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, MO 63376.
  • Individuals whose work is selected for publication will be contacted for a brief bio, and upon publication will receive two complimentary copies of the journal.

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