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.

Please wait one month after receiving a response to submit again.

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 one 7,000 word prose submission. 

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

Laura van den Berg is the author of the novel Find Me, a Time Out New York and NPR “Best Book of 2015,” and two story collections, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, both finalists for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her next novel, The Third Hotel, is forthcoming in 2018. Her honors include the Bard Fiction Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Her fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, and her criticism has recently appeared in The New York Times Book Review and BOMB. Born and raised in Florida, Laura currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where she is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard University. She also teaches in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
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. 

Kate Zambreno is the author most recently of Book of Mutter (Semiotext(e)’s Native Agents). A novel, Drifts, is forthcoming from Harper Perennial, and a series of talks, The Appendix Project, is forthcoming from Semiotext(e), both in 2019. She teaches writing at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.
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. 

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the collection Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series, 2017), winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Academy of American Poets, Buzzfeed, Epiphany, PBS Newshour and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she is raising her son with the help of a loyal dog.
Our flash contest does not have genre restrictions. Writers may submit work as long as they consider it "flash." We’re open to your experimentations and want to be surprised. .

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

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

Jennifer S. Cheng’s work includes poetry, lyric essay, and image-text forms. Her debut book, HOUSE A (2016), was selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize, and her forthcoming hybrid collection, MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems (May 2018), was selected by Bhanu Kapil for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award. She is also the author of Invocation: an Essay (2011), an image-text chapbook published by New Michigan Press, and has received fellowships and awards from Brown University, the University of Iowa, San Francisco State University, the U.S. Fulbright program, Bread Loaf, Kundiman, and the Academy of American Poets. Having grown up in Texas and Hong Kong, she lives in San Francisco. www.jenniferscheng.com 


This category is only for those buying a gift submission or donating an entry into our contest. Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word prose submission or a packet of up to 3 poems. 

If you are gifting a contest submission, in the cover letter please write the contact information of the recipient. Email is the preferred method of contact. Our staff will contact them to let them know they have been gifted a contest entry + submission. 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/

You can read more about donating a submission fee here: http://bwr.ua.edu/contest-update-donation-gift-submissions-now-open/


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 submission.

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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.

We ask that nonfiction works are no longer than 7,000 words. Please query for longer works. We do not usually accept academic articles.
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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.

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.

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. Please query for poems longer than 10 pages.