GENERAL SUBMISSIONS

 

Black Warrior Review reads general fiction and poetry submissions from December 1 – March 1 and June 1 – September 1. Nonfiction general submissions are always open. Submissions are accepted through Submittable at bwr.submittable.com/submit. There is a $3 submission fee for our general categories. We use these fees to pay contributors.

If Submittable is not accessible to you, please email blackwarriorreview@gmail.com for further instructions. Unfortunately, we no longer accept physical submissions, with the exception of those from incarcerated writers, who may send their work for no fee to the address at the bottom of this page.

Black and Indigenous submitters may email their submissions, for no fee, to the editor corresponding to the submission’s genre: Fiction Editor (fiction.bwr@gmail.com), Poetry Editor (poetry.bwr@gmail.com), and Nonfiction Editor (nonfiction.bwr@gmail.com). Please include a brief cover letter and bio. We do not limit our definition of Indigenous to those from the U.S./Turtle Island. Otherwise, email and mailed submissions will not be considered. BWR pays a one-year subscription and a lump-sum fee for all works published. Rights revert to author upon publication; please credit Black Warrior Review with first publication if the work is republished elsewhere. We encourage you to read Black Warrior Review before submitting. Sample issues are available for $12; one-year subscriptions for $25.

Black Warrior Review is a paying market. Currently, we offer royalty payments to regular-submission print contributors between $100 and $220, depending on the length of pieces. These numbers are subject to change per issue and differ for contributors to Boyfriend Village (our online edition) and for chapbook and featured-art contributors.

By submitting, you agree to let us send you the occasional email newsletter with relevant announcements. You may opt out at any time, and an easy option to do so will remain available in every email.

GENERAL RULES & GUIDELINES
The average response time for submissions is between 1 and 6 months. If you have not received a response after 6 months, please check on the status of your submission in Submittable. If you encounter any problems, email us at managingeditor.bwr@gmail.com.

Please wait one month after receiving a response to submit again.

We do not consider previously published work.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please tell us if it is a simultaneous submission, and notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. If we accept your piece, please withdraw it from consideration elsewhere.

Please do not mix genres in the same submission. Our online issue is currently an exception to this rule.

Past contributors and contest winners, please wait three years from the date of your publication to resubmit work.

Past contributors and contest winners to the print journal may submit to the online journal after waiting only one year from the date of print publication. Past contributors to the online journal should also wait a year from the date of publication before submitting to the print journal. We view these journals as separate creatures, having meaningful conversations late into the night.

Students, faculty, staff, and administrators currently or formerly (within four years) affiliated with the University of Alabama are ineligible for consideration or publication.

We especially strive to magnify voices that are traditionally and systemically silenced. Writers of color, queer and trans writers, disabled writers, immigrant writers, fat writers and femmes: you are all welcome and wanted here.

FICTION

We want work that familiarizes the strange and mystifies the familiar.

Traditionally, BWR accepts work that takes risk or is experimental, in lieu of convention and/or grammatical cleanliness.

We’ll read short and long work not exceeding 7,000 words. Please, submit one piece at a time.

If you are a Black, Indigenous, or incarcerated writer, you may email your submission to blackwarriorreview@gmail.com for no fee. Please include a short cover letter and bio.

Send us your fiction here.

NONFICTION

An Invitation:

BWR non-fiction very much seeks the non-canon; pieces outside western traditions; pieces that defy any such categorization.

We would like to extend this invitation especially to BIPOC writers.

Please send work under 7,000 words. One piece at a time.

If you are a Black, Indigenous, or incarcerated writer, you may email your submission to blackwarriorreview@gmail.com for no fee. Please include a short cover letter and bio.

Please write here.

POETRY

BWR is seeking poems of sociopolitical and emotional immediacy. Poems of surprise. Poems that remain thumping in the body, long after reading. Revelation and breakthrough, as well as the mundane. The delicacy of detail, the enormity of light. BWR wants poems of rage and tenderness, quiet and quivering, poems delivering more questions than answers. We are seeking poems outside the historical canon, poems of innovative form, poems delivering broader perspectives. And all this to say, we don’t know what immediacy we are seeking until you show us.

BWR seeks to publish poems from everywhere and everyone–BIPOC writers, Queer writers, emerging writers, writers from non-academic backgrounds–your work is warmly welcomed here.

Submit up to 5 poems with a maximum of 10 pages in one document. In the “Submission Title” field, list all titles separated by commas. Please include a short cover letter and bio (more personal than professional bio preferred).

If you are a Black, Indigenous, or incarcerated writer, you may email your submission to poetry.bwr@gmail.comfor no fee.

Send us your poetry here.

GRAPHIC WRITING, COMICS, & ART

Although we usually solicit one featured artist per issue, we do welcome submissions of striking visual narratives (think: graphic novel or memoir in short form). We are looking to publish one or two graphic essays/stories/poems, or pieces of sequential art per issue.

We publish graphic writing in grayscale. Submit in .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf format.

Send us your visual submissions here.

TRANSLATION

BWR celebrates world literature and translation. Right now, we are looking for work translated into English in all genres—particularly poetry, prose, and drama. While we do appreciate updated translations of classic works and lesser known works by well-known authors, we gravitate more toward work from authors who have not yet been translated into English or found a large English-language audience. For more guidelines, please read our general calls for submission to get an idea RE: the kinds of work we publish.

We only publish translated works that are completed, self-sufficient, and under ten pages. Works that have already been published in its original language are preferred.

In your cover letter, please provide: an account of the text and its author, a short biography of the translator, and any other information that you deem relevant. If possible, please include the work in the source language. It is the translator’s responsibility to secure permissions for publication.

Please wait at least one month before resubmitting.

Send us your translations here.

BOYFRIEND VILLAGE (ONLINE ISSUE)

BWR accepts submissions for Boyfriend Village every spring. Submissions for this year’s issue of Boyfriend Village will be open March 15-April 15.

Black Warrior Review is seeking submissions of all genres for our fifth edition of Boyfriend Village: the Short Boyfriend.
 
Years pass like seconds out here. Seconds like years. One thing remains constant amidst the rushing tides of time’s transitions: short kings.
The Short Boyfriend is not just about size (though do (!) send us your brief forms)—this Boyfriend Village is a town of queer time and relativity. Send us work that stands still, spills, and rushes past. Send us work that calls Plot and Narrative into question. Send us work that brings metrics—from word counts to body standards—into challenge.
What is “short?” We’re asking you! We want pieces that blur the edges of genres, allowing them to alchemize and co-exist. We also want work that explores and exists in the discordance of categories. In this light, we want to invite work from trans* people, and especially from trans* people of color.
 
Boyfriend Village will be open for submissions until April 15 2022.
 
As always with Boyfriend Village, the theme is very much open to interpretation. If you think your boyfriend might belong in our village, please send him along. Unfamiliar with Boyfriend Village? Click here to learn more.
 
There is one submission category for all genres. We accept fiction, poetry, nonfiction, hybrid, visual and multimedia art, as well as sound collage, video, games, and more. You may use your cover letter to tell us as much or as little about your work as you like.
 
Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Send prose pieces no longer than 7,000 words. For flash, you may include up to three prose pieces in a submission. For poetry, you may send us up to five poems, all in one file, with a maximum submission length of 10 pages. For graphic, audio, and visual work, if Submittable accepts the file type, so will we! Color images most welcome.
 
There is a $3 submission fee. Submission fees are used to pay contributors.
 
We pay all contributors to Boyfriend Village.