Past Contributor Aaron Apps Receives Sawtooth Poetry Prize

On behalf of The Madison Review, I would like to congratulate Aaron Apps on the recent publication of his manuscript Dear Herculine by Ahsahta Press. Ahsahta recently chose Dear Herculine as the winner of its 2014 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. The collection approaches complexities of gender and identity through the proxy of deceased, intersex memoirist Herculine Barbin, and is already hailed by Publishers Weekly as “a classic for young people trying to figure out, and then to say, who they have been, who they could be, and who they already are.”


I remember when a first-semester member of poetry staff brought Apps’ work, almost apprehensively, to group discussion. I remember more clearly, though, the conflicting discussion and reflection it inspired among the staff. Apps’ work was arresting not only for the way in which it forced beauty and discomfort to mingle, but also for the silence it inspired as our staff tried to internalize it. Afterward, the difficulty with which we struggled to articulate our excited, unsettled reactions testified to Apps’ dual ability to confound while he entices. In the end, another young staffer said best what we all knew, but couldn’t explain about the work: “On its own, the amount of discussion this poem has caused proves it should be in the magazine.”

Again, I congratulate Aaron on his good fortune with Ahsahta. Below, you can find links to a website where you can buy the book, as well as a link to our Spring 2014 online issue, containing “Pistachio Butter is Browngreen Like the Heavens” (which we highly recommend).

Keep reading,


Cody Dunn

Poetry Editor

The Madison Review


You can support Aaron by purchasing the book here.

You can find his poem “Pistachio Butter is Browngreen Like the Heavens” here.


Fall 2014 Online Issue

We here at The Madison Review are thrilled to announce the release of our Fall 2014 Online Issue. This issue features fantastic poetry and fiction from around the globe, not to mention excellent art and an undergraduate poet operating out of our own Madison area. It’s our hope that you, the reader, will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Click the picture below to access the issue, or head over to our Current Issue page for more information. Fall2014Cover Keep reading! MR

Extended Deadlines

Good news! We have decided to extend the deadlines for our Chris O’Malley Prize and our Phyllis Smart-Young Prize! You have until Friday at 11pm to submit!

Spring 2014 Issue

Hello all,

We here at The Madison Review are excited to distribute our Spring 2014 issue!


The issue contains work from talented poets and writers, including Steve Tomasko, winner of the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry, and Phillippe Diederich, winner of the Chris O’Malley Prize in fiction. The issue also features beautiful art from New York artist, Matthew Cusick.

If you’d like to order a copy, head to the “Store” tab at the top of the page and use the “Current Issue” option, or click here.

Keep reading!

-The staff

Spring Issue Release Party!

On Friday (April 25th), we will be hosting the release party for our new spring issue! The winner of our first annual Golden Fleece short fiction contest, August Glomski, and the Creative Writing Department’s Amy Quan Barry will be reading their work at 7:30 in the Elvehjem Room of the Chazen Museum of Art. At 8:30, we will walk to Brickhouse Barbecue for the after party!

All are welcome. See you there!

The Golden Fleece 2014

Hello all,

The Madison Review is excited to announce our first ever Golden Fleece Competition in honor of our Spring issue. Undergraduate writers are encouraged to submit their “short-short” fiction pieces (under 1000 words) by April 7th for the chance to win $100, a free Spring Issue, publishing on our blog and the chance to read their work at our release party. Please send your short-shorts to with “Golden Fleece” in the subject line.

This information can also be found on the contest homepage here.

Best of spring breaks, and keep writing!

And We’re Live!

And We’re Live!

Friends and contributors of The Madison Review, the staff is ecstatic to announce our first, full-fledged digital issue. The Fall 2013 issue contains not only the best possible fiction and poetry, but you can access it from the comfort of your own computer. What’s best, it’s free!

Congratulations to our first ever Juan Rollace Undergraduate Poetry Prize Winner, Thiahera Nurse, whose work is featured.

Special thanks to Assistant Editor Tom Fullmer for putting this fantastic issue together, and thanks to our readers and submitters for helping us produce great journals season after season.

Keep reading!

Contest Announcement

Hello, readers,

The staff here at The Review is proud to announce our first Juan Wallace Undergraduate Poetry Competition here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. All undergrads at the university are eligible for entry.

Those looking to submit should e-mail their poem (1 please) to by Fri. Nov 22 with “Undergrad Competition” in the subject line.

The first place winner of the contest will receive $100 and the chance to be published in our Fall issue. All competitors will have the opportunity to win $50 from the Facebook voting portion of the competition found here:

Good luck to all who enter, and may the best poet win!