Black Warrior Review reads general fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from December 1 – March 1 and June 1 – September 1. We are currently open for submissions. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
Otherwise, email submissions will not be considered. BWR pays a one-year subscription and a nominal 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 $20.
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 email@example.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.
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 after waiting only one year to the online journal. Past contributors to the online journal should also wait a year 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.
The lab has broken open, and the creatures have escaped! Direct them to us. We’ll give them a meal and a hot bath.
BWR wants your fleeing mutants, your interstellar castaways, your goblin-children who tunneled right out of the mountain and into the light of the twin suns. Send us your most outlandish fabulations, your warped domestic idylls, your menacing pastry and inside-out narration. We value risks, surprises, sentences that bioluminesce, and voices that haunt us long after the story is done.
Under 5,000 words is nice. Don’t send more than 7,000. One piece at a time, please; we also accept flash fiction (herein defined as stories under 1,000 words), up to three pieces in a single document.
Simply put: we are looking for writing that takes risks. We value language that sparks from the page, syntax with undertow, voices that lean confidently into ambiguity. Make us cry and laugh and vomit all at the same time. Bend archetypes. Take a sledgehammer to expectations. Send us your truths, but send them slant.
We ask that nonfiction works are no longer than 7,000 words. Please query for longer works. We do not usually accept academic articles.
We are looking for poems that play with and interrogate genre, form, and language. Poems that probe our minds—then linger there, festering. Poems whose worlds and voices are filled with intimacy and grip us with surprise. Poems that sing (dis)enchantments and ooze with wonder. Send us your work that resists, redefines, reclaims. We want your decadent poems, your banal poems, your poems that are both at once. We crave all your weird, garbage, sparkly, kitsch.
Please send up to five poems, no more than ten pages total, in a single document. Write the title or abbreviated title of each poem, separated by commas, in the “Submissions Title” field.
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.
Give us what bowls over borders and bounces past boundaries like a boulder. Give us what’s so subtle it can slide into our hearts and guts with ease.
Completed, self-sufficient works only. Max 10 pages. We will consider any literary genre. Work that has already been published in its original language is highly preferred.
In your cover letter, 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.
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
BOYFRIEND VILLAGE (ONLINE ISSUE)
Black Warrior Review is pleased to announce that we’ll be reading submissions for our third online edition, Boyfriend Village. Submissions open March 1st and close March 31st. Boyfriend Village wants work that hungers and howls, that settles into bed soft and full of fire. It follows that our theme for this edition is Fox Boyfriend, loosely inspired by fox lore and origin stories. As always, this is up to interpretation, but BWR is interested in fairytale and myth, the visceral, the body, songs of survival, sensuality—work that interrogates and resists. We’re looking for poems, stories, and essays that defy form and expectation, that unspool worlds, inviting and dark. We’re also particularly interested in housing work that incorporates multimedia and visual elements: comics, graphic essays, video poems. We want things that transcend boundaries and dismantle binaries. Send us your foxy. Send us your spindly, your sprawling. Send us your boyfriends.
For this online issue, we only have one submission category. It is up to you in your cover letter to tell us as much or as little about your work as you like.