deadline for submissions: 
December 20, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Adam Ochonicky / Middle West Review
contact email: 

UPDATE: We are seeking reviewers for our spring 2020 issue (volume 6, number 2) and beyond. We accept rolling submissions of media reviews and scholarly articles.




Middle West Review is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that examines the American Midwest and is published by the University of Nebraska Press. MWR is seeking scholars to review media texts that engage with midwestern identity. From popular films and television series to online exhibitions and digital archives, MWR spotlights Midwest-oriented media texts in each issue. If you are interested in reviewing a text from our list below, then please contact the MWR media review editor. We also welcome proposals for reviews of media texts that are not currently on the list, including films and television series from across the histories of both mediums. 


Reviews should be roughly 900-1,500 words in length. MWR also publishes “review essays,” which are 2,000-3,000 words; these longer pieces may address multiple texts or more thoroughly consider a single film, television series, or other media object. 


Regarding the content of media reviews, we ask that reviewers are attentive to how a text depicts and imagines the Midwest (in addition to any other elements that the writer chooses to discuss). For instance, how does a text identify particular elements as being essentially “midwestern”? What qualities, practices, and values are attributed to the Midwest? In what ways does the text respond to actual historical circumstances and/or to invented regional mythology? How does the text situate categories such as gender, race, sexuality, and class in relation to the Midwest? These questions are not intended to be a checklist for reviewers; rather, these are among the broad considerations that inform MWR’s goal to deepen critical understandings of the American Midwest. 


We accept rolling submissions of media reviews. To be selected as a reviewer, please write to: 


Adam Ochonicky, Media Review Editor


Send the titles of 1-3 preferred texts from the list below or propose a text to be reviewed. Put “Middle West Review” in the subject line of your email. 


In addition to media reviews, Middle West Review is seeking scholarly articles (3,500 to 10,000 words) on midwestern topics. As an interdisciplinary journal, we invite submissions that utilize methodologies and textual objects from a variety of fields, including film, television, media, and literary studies. Information about MWR—and the separate submission guidelines for scholarly articles—may be found on the University of Nebraska Press website:




An American Crime (dir. Tommy O’Haver, 2007)

American Fable (dir. Anne Hamilton, 2017)

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (dir. Andrew Dominik, 2007)

The Better Angels (dir. A. J. Edwards, 2014)

The Blood is at the Doorstep (dir. Erik Ljung, 2017)

The Bronze (dir. Bryan Buckley, 2015)

Capote (dir. Bennett Miller, 2005)

Chi-Raq (dir. Spike Lee, 2015)

Citizen Koch (dirs. Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, 2013)

Detroit (dir. Katherine Bigelow, 2017)

Detropia (dirs. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2012)

Don’t Breathe (dir. Fede Álvarez, 2016)

Flag Wars (dir. Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras, 2003)

The Fits (dir. Anna Rose Holmer, 2015)

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time (dirs. David Steinke and Steve Dunsky, 2011)

The Homesman (dir. Tommy Lee Jones, 2014)

How to Dance in Ohio (dir. Alexandra Shiva, 2015)

The Human War (dirs. Thomas Henwood and Pirooz Kalayeh, 2011)

The Informant! (dir. Steven Soderbergh, 2009)

The Interrupters (dir. Steve James, 2011)

The Judge (dir. David Dobkin, 2014)

King of the Hill (dir. Steven Soderbergh, 1993) 

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (dir. David Zellner, 2014)

Maggie (dir. Henry Hobson, 2015)

Manlife (dir. Ryan Sarnowski, 2017)

Midwest Muslim (dir. Brock Williams, 2006)

Milwaukee 53206: A Community Serves Time (dir. Keith McQuirter, 2016)

Monrovia, Indiana (dir. Frederick Wiseman, 2018)

The Myth of the American Sleepover (dir. David Robert Mitchell, 2010)

On the Downlow (dir. Tadeo Garcia, 2004)

Only Lovers Left Alive (dir. Jim Jarmusch, 2014)

The Overnighters (dir. Jesse Moss, 2014)

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (dir. Jane Anderson, 2005)

Rich Hill (dirs. Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, 2014)

The Rider (dir. Chloé Zhao, 2017)

Road to Perdition (dir. Sam Mendes, 2002)

RoboCop (dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1987); RoboCop (dir. Jose Padilha, 2014) [joint review]

70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green (dir. Ronit Bezalel, 2014)

Songs My Brothers Taught Me (dir. Chloé Zhao, 2015)

Stray Dog (dir. Debra Granik, 2015)

Take Shelter (dir. Jeff Nichols, 2011)

Up in the Air (dir. Jason Reitman, 2009)

Welcome to Leith (dirs. Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker, 2015)

What’s the Matter with Kansas? (dir. Joe Winston, 2009)




Television Series:


Aliens in America (CW, creators: David Guarascio and Moses Port, 2007-2008)

All-American Muslim (TLC, 2011)

America to Me (Starz, 2018)

APB (Fox, 2017)

A.P. Bio (NBC, 2018-)

Bless This Mess (ABC, 2019-)

The Chi (Showtime, 2018-)

Defiance (Syfy, 2013-2015)

Detroiters (Comedy Central, 2017-)

Easy (Netflix, 2016-)

ER (NBC, 1994-2009) 

Frontline– “Poor Kids” (PBS, Season 30, Episode 20; 2012)

Girls (HBO, creator: Lena Dunham, 2012-2017) [review Season 1, Episode 6: “The Return” and/or Season 4, part of which is set in Iowa]

Glee (Fox, creators: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, and Ryan Murphy, 2009-2015)

Good Times (CBS, 1974-1979)

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land, 2010-2015)

Hung (HBO, 2009-2011)

The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS, 1970-1977)

Masters of Sex (Showtime, 2013-2016)

Ozark (Netflix, 2017-)

The Real O’Neals (ABC, 2016-2017)

Roseanne (ABC, 1988-1997, 2018)

Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018)

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016-)

Superstore (NBC, 2015-)

That ‘70s Show (Fox, 1998-2006)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, 2015-2019)

Undercover High (A&E, 2018-)



Digital Archives and Online Exhibitions:


CB&Q: Building an Empire, Newberry Library



Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1854-1865, The Kansas City Public Library



Frontier to Heartland, Newberry Library



Pullman: Labor, Race, and the Urban Landscape in a Company Town, Newberry Library



Stagestruck City: Chicago’s Theater Tradition and the Birth of the Goodman, Newberry Library