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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 $12; one-year subscriptions for $20.
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.
BWR is all set up in jeans and a corset. We’re smoking a very long cigarette on an old yellow couch. It’s 2:27 AM. The mailman wanders in, looking for his lost shih-tzu. In the ensuing conversation, the life erotic, the life political, the life bound and unbound is glimpsed. The sharpened edges of systems cut the grasping fingers. This just might be a comedy. Or it might, after all, be a prophecy.
Send us your finest works of fiction. We prefer work under 5,000 words, no more than 7,000, please. One piece at a time, unless it is under 1,000 words, in which case bundle no more than three into a single document. The weather is bad, we’ve got plenty of time for reading.
We are interested in nonfiction that complicates western traditions of truth-telling. Send us writing that foregrounds the history of emotions rather than the history of facts. We want work that fractures reality, that demolishes walls. Writers of color are especially encouraged to submit.
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’re looking for your portraits of Truth coming out of her well. (That’s just poetry, isn’t it?) That is, we’re looking for little truths, your own kind of portraiture. But also, and perhaps more importantly, we’re looking for half-truths, lies, finger-paintings with heart, finger-paintings soulless.
Send us your loveliest left-aligned, but first send us grit. Send us the stuff that you pick out of your shoe treads.
Send us the formal (ball gowns?), but also send us I woke up like thises (free verse, erasure, the visual?). Write us in logic puzzles, but write us in Steinese (please)!
We like contradictions. (No, we don’t.) And parentheticals. (Look.) We’d like for you to send us 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. Please query for poems longer than ten pages.
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.
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