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.

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BWR is thrilled to open a brand new contest category in Flash Prose. Show us your tiny gems!

We don’t want to reduce the possibilities of flash to a single genre. Whether a 1,000-word sci-fi story, a 500-word personal essay, or a lyric-leaning narrated ritual on the page, we’re open to your experimentations and we want to be surprised. Show us prose, however you define it, that makes every word count.

The entry fee covers one packet of up to three works of prose. Each work must be 1,000 words or less. 

DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ANYWHERE ON THE SUBMISSION. 

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.

Ends on September 1, 2017$3.00
$3.00

We seek risk-taking prose that challenges conventions of narrative, language, form, and genre. We value speculation, invention and imagination, work that pushes against the real, dismantles the world and builds it better. Give us your futuristic stories, your rebuilding of the world, your radical envisionings. The weird, the lyrical, the magical. Make us rethink. Make us feel. 

We especially seek work from writers of color, queer and trans writers, disabled writers, immigrant writers, and other groups whose voices have been long silenced. 

We ask that prose works are no longer than 7,000 words. We also accept flash fiction (under 1,000 words); please include no more than three flash pieces in a single submission. 



Ends on September 1, 2017$3.00
$3.00
We seek nonfiction that blends and breaks down borders. We want the unexpected and all the varied forms that nonfiction can exist within. Nonfiction, in our eyes, isn’t just limited to prose, so surprise us with your lineated essays, your erasures, and your experimentations. We appreciate the elliptical and that which suspends, often above the straight forward. Send us your best and bravest.

We ask that nonfiction works are no longer than 7,000 words. Please query for longer works. We do not usually accept academic articles.
Ends on September 1, 2017$3.00
$3.00
We seek the insatiable, poems that want and want -- toothy, demure, restless creatures unafraid to craft their own, untamed worlds impossible not to fall into. Give us poems that prowl in joy and protest, raucous and willful. We value hybridity, the weird, the grotesque, the sensual. We value voice. Surprise us. 

Please send up to five poems, with a maximum submission length of 10 pages. Poems should be submitted in one document, with the titles separated by commas in the “Submission Title” field. You may abbreviate the titles if they do not fit.
Ends on September 1, 2017$20.00 - 30.00
$20.00 - 30.00
Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word prose submission. 

DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ANYWHERE ON THE SUBMISSION. 
Ends on September 1, 2017$20.00 - 30.00
$20.00 - 30.00
Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR.  The entry fee covers one 7,000 word nonfiction submission. 

DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ANYWHERE ON THE SUBMISSION. 
Ends on September 1, 2017$20.00 - 30.00
$20.00 - 30.00
Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR.  The entry fee covers one packet of up to three poems. Only the first three poems of each packet will be read. 

DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ANYWHERE ON THE SUBMISSION.