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 offer a limited number of fee waivers for writers whom the submission fee would present financial hardship, and we offer free submissions for incarcerated writers.  Please email feewaiver.bwr@gmail.com to request a fee waiver. 

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

$10.00

BWR is excited to launch our March 2024 Online Flash Contest, inviting you to explore our enigmatic, one-word prompt of “creature(s).Creature(s) can represent anything, from mythical beasts straight out of a medieval bestiary to microscopic organisms on distant planets to cryptids lurking in the woods, just out of sight. Whether you draw inspiration from folklore, sci-fi, the natural world, lived experiences, or the abstract, we’re desperate to know: what do(es) creatures conjure up for you?
 

Prizes:

  • Winner: Publication on the Black Warrior Review website, free entry to our annual summer contest, and a moderate cash prize.
  • Runner-up and Shortlist: Publication on our website & our social media platforms, as well as free entry to our annual summer contest.
     

Details:

  • Genres: We are looking for flash fiction or flash nonfiction.
  • Submission Window: March 4th to March 31st. Please submit your entries electronically via our Submittable portal.
  • Word/Poem Limit: Flash fiction or creative nonfiction submissions up to 1,500 words each.
  • Entry Fee: $10 per entry. Each entry can include up to two flash pieces in either genre. (If you’re submitting one fiction and one nonfiction piece, specify which is which in your cover letter.)


Important Notes:

  • Submission Guidelines: This contest is distinct from our annual flash contest. We accept multiple and simultaneous submissions, but please submit only previously unpublished work.
  • Inclusivity and Diversity: Black Warrior Review is dedicated to supporting a diverse range of voices and stories in our publications, and we welcome submissions from writers around the world.
  • Restrictions: AI-generated work will not be accepted for this contest.


Stay Connected:

Keep an eye on our social media platforms (@blackwarriorrev on Instagram and Twitter) and our website for other updates. In the meantime, we’re eager to see how you bring your creature(s) to life…

$35.00

Are you seeking detailed, constructive feedback on one of your fiction or nonfiction flash pieces? Black Warrior Review is offering a limited-time opportunity for writers to receive personalized feedback from our experienced team of editors.
 

What We Offer:

Personalized editorial letters for flash submissions in fiction and nonfiction, provided within 1-2 weeks (7-14 days) of submission. We’ll focus on the strengths of your work, as well as potential areas for improvement, offering suggestions for revision and development. Letters will be penned by Samantha Bolf (former Fiction Editor & current Editor-in-Chief), Lydia O’Donnell (Managing Editor), or Isabelle Stephen (Nonfiction Editor), depending on the genre of your work.
 

Guidelines:

  • Submission Length: Flash fiction or nonfiction can be up to 1,000 words.
  • Capacity: We will close this submission category once we reach our capacity to ensure quality feedback for all participants.
  • Include a brief cover letter with your submission indicating your interest in the feedback option & any questions that you’d like us to consider when we read & respond to your work.
     

Pricing Structure:

  • Flash fiction/nonfiction (up to 1,000 words): $35.
     

Additional Information:

  • Submitting through this category does not guarantee publication in BWR.
  • Please only submit up to one piece in each genre (fiction & nonfiction) per submission period. 
  • Editorial feedback will be comprehensive yet concise: approximately 1-1.5 pages long, focusing on overall content rather than line edits.
  • We welcome international submissions.
  • Our commitment to diversity is reflected in both the writers we support and the stories we publish.
  • AI-generated work is not accepted.
  • This service is intended to provide constructive criticism and insight into your writing. It is a tool for growth and development, irrespective of the publication outcome in Black Warrior Review. Our feedback will be honest, detailed, and aimed at helping you refine your craft.
$55.00

Are you seeking detailed, constructive feedback on your longer creative nonfiction works? Black Warrior Review is excited to offer a specialized opportunity for writers to receive personalized feedback from our team of experienced editors, focusing solely on extended creative nonfiction.


What We Offer:

Personalized editorial letters for submissions in extended creative nonfiction, provided within 1-2 weeks of submission. Our focus will be on the strengths of your work and potential areas for improvement. We'll offer suggestions for revision and development. Feedback will be provided by Samantha Bolf (former Fiction Editor & Editor-in-Chief), Lydia O’Donnell (Managing Editor), and Isabelle Joy Stephen (Nonfiction Editor).


Please Note:

  • Submitting through this category does not guarantee publication in BWR.
  • Editorial feedback will be comprehensive yet concise, approximately 1-1.5 pages long, focusing on overall content rather than line edits.
  • We limit submissions to two per author per month, to ensure that each work receives the attention it deserves.
  • This category will be closed once maximum capacity is reached to ensure timely feedback for all participants.


Guidelines:

  • Submission Length: Creative nonfiction pieces from 1,001 to 6,000 words.
  • Capacity: Limited to two submissions per author per month.
  • Include a cover letter with a brief biographical statement and any specific questions or areas of focus you'd like us to consider while reading & responding to your submission.
     

Additional Information:

  • We welcome international submissions.
  • Our commitment to diversity is reflected in the writers we support and the stories we publish.
  • AI-generated work is not accepted.
  • This service is a tool for growth and development in your writing journey, irrespective of the publication outcome in Black Warrior Review. Our feedback will be honest, detailed, and aimed at helping you refine your craft.

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. This is not a portal to submit your work to BWR. 

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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