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 interns.bwr@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 $12; one-year subscriptions for $20.

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.
  • Do not include your contact information in your 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  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.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 47.2, our Spring 2020 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: PAUL TRAN

Paul Tran is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Their work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere, including the Netflix movie Love Beats Rhymes with Azealia Banks, Common, and Jill Scott. They’re the first Asian American since 1993 to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam, placing top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam and top 2 at the National Poetry Slam. Paul is the 2019-2020 Senior Poetry Fellow in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis and the Poetry Editor at The Offing Magazine, which won a Whiting Literary Magazine Award from the Whiting Foundation.

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.
  • Do not include your contact information in your 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 47.2, our Spring 2020 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: PAUL TRAN

Paul Tran is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Their work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere, including the Netflix movie Love Beats Rhymes with Azealia Banks, Common, and Jill Scott. They’re the first Asian American since 1993 to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam, placing top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam and top 2 at the National Poetry Slam. Paul is the 2019-2020 Senior Poetry Fellow in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis and the Poetry Editor at The Offing Magazine, which won a Whiting Literary Magazine Award from the Whiting Foundation.

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.
  • Do not include your contact information in your 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 47.2, our Spring 2020 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: LUCY CORIN

Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collections One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (McSweeney’s Books) and The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books) as well as a novel, Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2). Writings have appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Harper’s Magazine, Ploughshares, Bomb, Tin House Magazine, and the most recent New American Stories anthology from Vintage. She was an American Academy of Arts and Letters Rome Prize winner and an NEA fellow in literature. The Swank Hotel, her second novel, is forthcoming from Graywolf. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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.
  • Do not include your contact information in your 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 47.2, our Spring 2020 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: LUCY CORIN

Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collections One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (McSweeney’s Books) and The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books) as well as a novel, Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2). Writings have appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Harper’s Magazine, Ploughshares, Bomb, Tin House Magazine, and the most recent New American Stories anthology from Vintage. She was an American Academy of Arts and Letters Rome Prize winner and an NEA fellow in literature. The Swank Hotel, her second novel, is forthcoming from Graywolf. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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.
  • Do not include your contact information in your 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 47.2, our Spring 2020 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: MAYUKH SEN

Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He is an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Journalism school, where he teaches food writing. He won the 2018 James Beard Award for Profile for his piece on Princess Pamela, published in Food52. He was nominated for the 2019 James Beard MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for his piece on Maya Angelou’s food writing, published in Poetry Foundation. He won the 2019 IACP Award for Narrative Food Writing for his story on Felipe Rojas-Lombardi, published in TASTE; this story was also selected for The Best American Food Writing 2019. He is currently writing a book of narrative nonfiction, to be published by W.W. Norton & Company in Fall 2021, on the immigrant women who shaped food culture in America. He’s been profiled in and featured by V Magazine, Condé Nast Traveller India, ELLE India, The Observer Food Monthly, and a number of other publications. He is 28. He got his BA at Stanford. He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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.
  • Do not include your contact information in your 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 47.2, our Spring 2020 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: Mayukh Sen

Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He is an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Journalism school, where he teaches food writing. He won the 2018 James Beard Award for Profile for his piece on Princess Pamela, published in Food52. He was nominated for the 2019 James Beard MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for his piece on Maya Angelou’s food writing, published in Poetry Foundation. He won the 2019 IACP Award for Narrative Food Writing for his story on Felipe Rojas-Lombardi, published in TASTE; this story was also selected for The Best American Food Writing 2019. He is currently writing a book of narrative nonfiction, to be published by W.W. Norton & Company in Fall 2021, on the immigrant women who shaped food culture in America. He’s been profiled in and featured by V Magazine, Condé Nast Traveller India, ELLE India, The Observer Food Monthly, and a number of other publications. He is 28. He got his BA at Stanford. He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.



  • Submit a packet of up to 3 flash pieces. 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.
  • Do not include your contact information in your 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 47.2, our Spring 2020 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 Guest Judge: C PAM ZHANG

C Pam Zhang’s debut novel, How Much of These Hills Is Gold, is forthcoming in April 2020 from Riverhead Books in the US and Virago Press in the UK. It is an Indies Introduce pick. Born in Beijing but mostly an artifact of the United States, Zhang has lived in thirteen cities across four countries and is still looking for home. She currently lives in San Francisco and also online: cpamzhang.com.

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: http://bwr.ua.edu/submit/contest-2020

You can read more about donating a submission here: https://bwr.submittable.com/submit/163991/2020-fiction-poetry-nonfiction-contest-gift-submissions-or-donations

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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.

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.

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