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 $30 entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The $20 entry fee does not include a subscription. Entry fees cover one 7,000 word prose submission.

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


Rivers Solomon is a dyke, an anarchist, a she-beast, an exile, a wound, a shiv, a wreck, and a refugee of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. They write about life in the margins, where they are much at home.
Rivers Solomon graduated from Stanford University with a degree in comparative studies in race and ethnicity and holds an MFA in fiction writing from the Michener Center for Writers. Though originally from the United States, they currently live in Cambridge, England, with their family. An Unkindness of Ghosts is their debut novel. 

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. 


Rivers Solomon is a dyke, an anarchist, a she-beast, an exile, a wound, a shiv, a wreck, and a refugee of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. They write about life in the margins, where they are much at home.
Rivers Solomon graduated from Stanford University with a degree in comparative studies in race and ethnicity and holds an MFA in fiction writing from the Michener Center for Writers. Though originally from the United States, they currently live in Cambridge, England, with their family. An Unkindness of Ghosts is their debut novel. 


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

Vi Khi Nao is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018) and Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), and of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. Her work includes poetry, fiction, film, and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in NOON, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, and BOMB, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry.  

Each $30 entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The $20 entry fee does not include a subscription. Entry fees cover one 7,000 word prose submission. 


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

Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab, The Meat and The Spirit Plan, and The Pink Institution. Her collection of essays, Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics, won the 2015 Essay Book Award. She teaches and lectures across the United States, and is the Director of Creative Writing at The University of Denver.  

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.

Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab, The Meat and The Spirit Plan, and The Pink Institution. Her collection of essays, Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics, won the 2015 Essay Book Award. She teaches and lectures across the United States, and is the Director of Creative Writing at The University of Denver.  

Each $30 entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The $20 entry fee does not include a subscription. The entry fees cover a packet of up to three poems.   

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

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. 

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The entry fee covers a packet of up to three poems.

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

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. 

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. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word prose submission or a packet of up to 3 poems/flash pieces for someone else.

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-2019

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


The lab has broken open, and the creatures have escaped! Direct them to us. We'll give them a meal and a hot bath.


BWR wants your fleeing mutants, your interstellar castaways, your goblin-children who tunneled right out of the mountain and into the light of the twin suns. Send us your most outlandish fabulations, your warped domestic idylls, your menacing pastry and inside-out narration. We value risks, surprises, sentences that bioluminesce, and voices that haunt us long after the story is done.


Under 5,000 words is nice. Don't send more than 7,000. One piece at a time, please; we also accept flash fiction (herein defined as stories under 1,000 words), up to three pieces in a single document.

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Simply put: we are looking for writing that takes risks.  We value language that sparks from the page, syntax with undertow, voices that lean confidently into ambiguity. Make us cry and laugh and vomit all at the same time. Bend archetypes. Take a sledgehammer to expectations. Send us your truths, but send them slant.

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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We are looking for poems that play with and interrogate genre, form, and language. Poems that probe our minds—then linger there, festering. Poems whose worlds and voices are filled with intimacy and grip us with surprise. Poems that sing (dis)enchantments and ooze with wonder. Send us your work that resists, redefines, reclaims. We want your decadent poems, your banal poems, your poems that are both at once. We crave all your weird, garbage, sparkly, kitsch.

Please send up to five poems, no more than ten pages total, in a single document. Write the title or abbreviated title of each poem, separated by commas, in the “Submissions Title” field.

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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