General Submissions

The editors of BWR read regular Poetry, Prose, and Nonfiction submissions from December 1-March 1 and June 1-September 1.

Submissions are only accepted through our online submission manager which may be found at bwr.submittable.com/submit.

General Rules and 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 blackwarriorreview@gmail.com

We ask that writers wait one month after receiving a response to submit again.

We do not consider previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, if noted, and please notify us immediately if the work is accepted somewhere else. Please do not mix genres in the same submission.

We encourage you to read Black Warrior Review before submitting. Sample issues are available for $15; one-year subscriptions for $25.

Past contributors, please wait three years from the date of your publication to resubmit work. Contest submissions are included in this policy.

Prose

Two aesthetics exist: the passive aesthetic of mirrors and the active aesthetic of prisms. Guided by the former, art turns into a copy of the environment’s objectivity or the individual’s psychic history. Guided by the latter, art is redeemed, makes the world into its instrument, and forges—beyond spatial and temporal prisons—a personal vision.”–ULTRA MANIFESTO [1921]

We want work that familiarizes the strange and mystifies the familiar. We are interested in reading anything that you wouldn’t—or couldn’t—send elsewhere, because you don’t feel like it fully fits anywhere.

We’ll read short (and long) stories of 7,000 words or fewer. Submit one piece at a time. If you are a Black, Indigenous, or incarcerated writer, you may email your submission to fiction.bwr@gmail.com for no fee. Please include a short cover letter and bio.

Poetry

BWR seeks to publish poems that are:

1. Experimental in form, creation process, content, and/or reading method 🧪

2. Representative of non-traditional voices and contemporary issues ❤️

3. Impressive in their wholeness, but also in their minutiae 🤩

We’d also love to see more poems that portray nuanced forms of comedy or spirituality, although this is not required.

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.com for no fee.

Nonfiction

We at the Nonfiction desk are always hungry for the transgressive, for works that question the boundaries of form, of language, of content. We are on the lookout for essays that make us rethink our perspectives on life, on art, on the very definition of the essay itself as an art form. Surprise us.

We are very open to submissions from writers of all races, nationalities, cultures, sexual orientations, and classes; that said, we are especially welcoming of works from writers who identify as BIPOC, queer, disabled  and/or of non-Western descent.

If you are a Black, Indigenous, or incarcerated writer, you may email your submission to nonfiction.bwr@gmail.com for no fee. Be sure to include a bio statement (in third-person, up to 100 words) and a short cover letter.

Please submit works no longer than 7,000 words in a single Word doc. While we love to read submissions from all over, we do have limited bandwidth; to ensure we can give your work the full attention it deserves, please do not send us more than one work for consideration at a time.

Graphic Prose

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) — don’t let us overlook you. We are looking to publish one or two graphic prose essays, stories or pieces of sequential art per issue.  For this type of submission, we request that you submit in .jpg, .tiff or .pdf format.

Payment

BWR pays a one-year subscription and a nominal lump-sum fee for all works published.

Publication rights notice: All rights reserved. Rights revert to author upon publication.