$1,000 & PUBLICATION in Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry.
$500 & PUBLICATION in our Flash Category.

Poetry Judge: Eduardo C. Corral

Fiction Judge: K-Ming Chang

Nonfiction Judge: Su Cho

Flash Judge: J K Chukwu

DEADLINE: September 24, 2021


Due to a high volume of submissions this year, as well as the lasting impacts that COVID has had on our team and production cycle, response times are taking longer than usual. Please be patient with us as we try to keep up at this time. Thank you for your understanding in advance.

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Poetry Judge: Eduardo C. Corral

Eduardo C. Corral is the son of Mexican immigrants. He’s the author of Guillotine, published by Graywolf Press, and Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He’s the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

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Fiction Judge: K-Ming Chang

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice novel Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her short story collection, Resident Aliens, is forthcoming from One World. More of her work can be found at kmingchang.com.


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Nonfiction Judge: Su Cho

Su Cho is a poet and essayist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her essay “Cleaving Translation” won Sycamore Review’s Nonfiction Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work can be found in GEN Medium, Black Warrior Review, New England Review, Poetry, Gulf Coast, Southeast Review, The Best American Poetry 2021, and elsewhere. She’s currently working on an essay collection about immigration, language, and religion in addition to her poetry manuscripts. Follow her on Twitter @su__cho or go to www.suchowrites.com for more. 

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Flash Judge: J K Chukwu

J  K Chukwu is an experimental writer from the Midwest. She holds her MFA from Brown University. During her time at Brown, she was awarded the Mark Baumer Prize for Language Art, and was the two time winner of the Frances Mason Harris ’26 manuscript prize. She was a 2019 Lambda Fellow, and her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, New Delta Review, DIAGRAM, TAYO, and elsewhere. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of Net, and was short-listed for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award. She is part of the forthcoming essay collection Of This Our Country. Her debut novel, The Unfortunates, will be published in Spring 2022 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US) and The Borough Press (UK). 


  • Fiction and Nonfiction: Submit up to 7,000 words.

  • Poetry: Submit a packet of up to 3 poems in one file.

  • Flash: Submit a packet of up to 3 flash pieces in one file. This can be in any genre, as long as the author considers it “flash.” We encourage experimental, hybrid, and lyrical submissions in this category. Image + text work is also welcomed. Surprise us. Word count is at the discretion of the submitter.

  • Cover letters are welcome.

  • Please do not include identifying information in your submission document. We will use your Submittable information to contact you, so please make sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.

  • Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication. Winners in Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry genre receive $1000 and publication in BWR 48.2, our Spring 2022 issue. The first runner-up in each genre receive monetary compensation, acknowledgment in the print issue, and online publication (if desired). We may consider any submission for general publication.

  • The winner in Flash receives $500 and publication in BWR 48.2, our Spring 2022 issue. The first runner-up receives monetary compensation, acknowledgment in the print issue, and online publication (if desired). We may consider any submission for general publication.

  • The contest is open April 1 – September 24th. Winners will be announced in October.


  • Students, faculty, staff, and administrators currently affiliated with the University of Alabama are ineligible for consideration or publication.

  • Intimate friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of the judges are ineligible to submit in that category.

  • Previous winners should wait three years after their winning entry is published before entering again.

  • Black Warrior Review adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.  You can find the CLMP Code of Ethics and our Contest Procedures here.


  • Upload your submission as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

  • Contest submissions are free for up to 600 Black and Indigenous writers. We do not limit our definition of Indigenous to those from the U.S./Turtle Island. Submit here.

  • Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry: There is a $15 entry fee for each submission ($25 for international submissions). All domestic entrants receive a one-year subscription to BWR as a thank-you for your interest and support.

  • Flash: There is an $6 entry fee.