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 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.

You may submit to both the online and the print journal. 

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 welcome and wanted here.

 

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

This portal is for Black and Indigenous submitters to the 2022 BWR contest only.

We will receive submissions until we meet our cap. We are currently able to make 600 submissions available.  Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR.

  • Submit a packet of up to 3 poems, a packet of up to 3 flash pieces, or up to 7,000 words of fiction or nonfiction. Please stick to one genre per submission. Please submit multiple pieces in one file.
  • 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  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.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 $1,000 and publication in BWR 49.2, our Spring 2023 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 contest is open until September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.

Fiction Guest Judge: Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, a New York Times Editor’s Choice that was also longlisted for the Story Prize, and We Cast a Shadow, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the PEN America Open Book Prize.

Flash Guest Judge: Angie Sijun Lou is a Kundiman Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writings have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry NorthwestThe Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Best Small Fictions, The Georgia Review, The Asian American Literary Review, HyphenThe Margins, and others. She edits fiction at FENCE.

Nonfiction Guest Judge: Kendra Allen was born and raised in Dallas, Tx. She's the author of The Collection Plate, When You Learn the Alphabet, and Fruit Punch: a memoir. In her spare time she loves laughing, leaving, and writing music column Make Love in My Car for Southwest Review. You can keep up with her work at KendraCanYou.Com.

Poetry Guest Judge: Diane Seuss is the author of five books of poetry. Her most recent collection is frank: sonnets (Graywolf Press 2021), winner of the PEN/Voelcker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, and a finalist the 2022 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Claremont Graduate University. Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, (Graywolf Press 2018) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf Press 2015) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her sixth collection, Modern Poetry, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2024. Seuss is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. She received the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2021. Seuss was raised by a single mother in rural Michigan, which she continues to call home.

The entry fee covers a packet of up to three flash pieces in any genre.

  • Submit a packet of up to 3 flash pieces all 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.
  • The winner in Flash receives $500 and publication in BWR 49.2, our Spring 2023 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 1st. Winners will be announced in October.

Flash Contest Judge: Angie Sijun Lou is a Kundiman Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writings have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry NorthwestThe Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Best Small Fictions, The Georgia Review, The Asian American Literary Review, HyphenThe Margins, and others. She edits fiction at FENCE.

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word prose submission.

  • Submit up to 7,000 words.
  • Cover letters are welcome.
  • Pease 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 49.2, our Spring 2023 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 contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.

Fiction Guest Judge: Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, a New York Times Editor’s Choice that was also longlisted for the Story Prize, and We Cast a Shadow, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the PEN America Open Book Prize.

Each $25 entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The $15 entry fee does not include a subscription. Entry fees cover one 7,000 word prose submission.

  • Submit up to 7,000 words.
  • 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 49.2, our Spring 2023 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 contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.

Fiction Guest Judge: Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, a New York Times Editor’s Choice that was also longlisted for the Story Prize, and We Cast a Shadow, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the PEN America Open Book Prize.

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word prose submission.

  • Submit up to 7,000 words.
  • 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 49.2, our Spring 2023 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 contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.

Nonfiction Guest Judge: Kendra Allen was born and raised in Dallas, Tx. She's the author of The Collection Plate, When You Learn the Alphabet, and Fruit Punch: a memoir. In her spare time she loves laughing, leaving, and writing music column Make Love in My Car for Southwest Review. You can keep up with her work at KendraCanYou.Com.

Each $25 entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The $15 entry fee does not include a subscription. Entry fees cover one 7,000 word prose submission.

  • Submit up to 7,000 words.
  • 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 49.2, our Spring 2023 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 contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.

Nonfiction Guest Judge: Kendra Allen was born and raised in Dallas, Tx. She's the author of The Collection Plate, When You Learn the Alphabet, and Fruit Punch: a memoir. In her spare time she loves laughing, leaving, and writing music column Make Love in My Car for Southwest Review. You can keep up with her work at KendraCanYou.Com.

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The entry fee covers a packet of up to three poems.

  • Submit a packet of up to 3 poems. All in one file.
  • 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 49.2, our Spring 2023 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 contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.

Poetry Guest Judge: Diane Seuss is the author of five books of poetry. Her most recent collection is frank: sonnets (Graywolf Press, 2021), the winner of the PEN/Voelcker Prize, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the 2022 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Claremont Graduate University. Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, (Graywolf Press 2018) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf Press, 2015) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Seuss is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. She received the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2021. She was raised by a single mother in rural Michigan, which she continues to call home.

Each $25 entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The $15 entry fee does not include a subscription. The entry fees cover a packet of up to three poems.

  • Submit a packet of up to 3 poems all in one file.
  • 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 49.2, our Spring 2023 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 contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.

Poetry Guest Judge: Diane Seuss is the author of five books of poetry. Her most recent collection is frank: sonnets (Graywolf Press, 2021), the winner of the PEN/Voelcker Prize, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the 2022 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Claremont Graduate University. Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, (Graywolf Press 2018) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf Press, 2015) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Seuss is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. She received the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2021. She was raised by a single mother in rural Michigan, which she continues to call home.

This category is for those buying a gift submission or donating an entry into our contest.   Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR for the donor and the writer receiving the donation. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word prose submission or a packet of up to 3 poems pieces for someone else.  If you are gifting a contest submission to a specific individual, please include the contact information of the recipient in the cover letter. Email is the preferred method of contact. Our staff will contact them to let them know they have been gifted a contest entry. These contest entries are still read blind. The recipient will be allowed to choose their preferred genre.    If you are donating a contest submission, please write "DONATION" in the cover letter.  You can find more information about our contests here.  You can read more about donating a submission here: https://bwr.submittable.com/submit/163991/2020-fiction-poetry-nonfiction-contest-gift-submissions-or-donations

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 comics, graphic essays/stories/poems or pieces of sequential art
per issue. 

We publish all 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 submitting again.

Write to managingeditor.bwr@gmail.com with any questions.

Black Warrior Review exists in part because of your continued and generous support. Your donations here are applied directly to our endowment, which supports contributor and artist payments.

Please note that a donation through this portal will not be tax deductible. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to BWR, please visit this link. For submitting work to BWR, please see our other forms.

To show our gratitude for your gift at the patron ($50) and guarantor ($100+) levels, you will receive a one-year subscription and recognition in upcoming issues of BWR.

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