Black Warrior Review reads general fiction, nonfiction, and
poetry submissions from December
1 – March 1 and June 1 – September 1.
The average response time for submissions is between 1 and 6 months.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere.
We do not consider previously published work.
Please do not mix genres in the same submission.
Please do not submit poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to the comics category when our reading period is closed.
Past contributors and contest winners, please wait three years from the date of your publication to resubmit work.
We encourage you to read Black Warrior Review before submitting. Sample issues are available for $12; one-year subscriptions for $20.
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.
We are looking for stories.
In particular, we are looking for whatever it is that you consider a story. Everyone thinks of "story" differently, so show us your difference: your forms and variations, your puzzle pieces and pretty pictures. Your deconstructions of narrative. Your language.
Most of all, surprise us with the story, whatever it happens to be, that we didn't know we needed to read.
We prefer work under 5,000 words but will read up to 7,000
words; please send one piece at a time. We also accept flash fiction (stories
under 1,000 words); please include no more than three flash pieces in a single
We crave nonfiction that challenges what we know about language, syntax, and voice. Teach us new truths and old truths newly told. We want writing that maps a geography of empathy and bad behavior. Work that can demolish walls. Give us your alchemies and innovations, the formed and formless. We love chimeras here, appreciate hybridity and fracture. We value what laughs and blurs, weeps and bubbles over. Reach a hand from the page toward our fingers or throats. We dare you.
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.
In poetry, risk is a virtue. We seek poems that challenge the definition of the word poem, poems that cast a suspicious eye on authorship and put the I under a microscope. We value slime, roaches, leaks, and seepage. Gimmick is not a dirty word, and while dirty is the best word, we actually want the worst words in the worst order.
We love and hate poetic forms. We love and hate ambivalence. Unbridled joy is a form of resistance, so
send us your calls for impeachment, your erasures, your blends of text and
image, your hybrids and your monsters.