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.

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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.

We want your weird. Your weird weird, your crooked fiction, your introverted child who doesn’t fit in. But no cheap thrills or one-trick ponies, please.

Rather than experimentation for the sake of it, think experimentation because the story cannot be told otherwise. Stories with innovative forms encouraged.

BWR fiction very much seeks the non-canon; stories outside western traditions; stories that defy any such categorization.

Please send work under 7,000-ish words. One piece at a time.

If you are a Black, Indigenous, or incarcerated writer, you may email your submission to blackwarriorreview@gmail.com for no fee. Please include a short cover letter and bio.

An Invitation:

We are looking for work that challenges the state: of white supremacy and the means of meaning. This space is reserved for tendrils of being (that are) the spirit of revolution, drawings of X, and/and/or creating windows, towards new conceptions of holistic community and the good. We are excited by questions like: what is possible(?) in pieces. We are especially grateful to host the unapologetic work of BIPOC writers and Queer writers. This space is a book-shaped glass … and we wish for your pieces to find belonging, a home or safe house—rest—however you see it.

Owing to medium, the considerable ceiling looks like 7,000 words (and just 1 piece).

If you are a Black, Indigenous, or incarcerated writer, you may email your submission to blackwarriorreview@gmail.com for no fee. Please include a short cover letter and bio.

BWR is looking for poems. All kinds. If we, BWR, list only certain poems, we won’t find all the other ones. That would be very silly. Which is just one kind of poem that BWR would enjoy reading. Below, you will find a list of more kinds, just a slice of a much longer list that had to be cut short for time. That could be another interesting kind of poem, as we, BWR, say it to ourselves. Let’s start there and keep going & going (which is where you come in):

Poems that were cut short for time. Poems that are silly. Poems with Hearts of Glass. Cherry-coloured funks. Iceblink Lucks. The Rom-Coms Gone Wrong. Also, Rainshelters. Punishers. Poems of asking. Of invitation. Of longing. Of a moment. Moments. The Moment(s). Also, Answering. Arrivals. Resistance. Critique. Beauty. The Whole of the Moons. Deliveries and deliverances. Omens. Oblivions. Relief. Amens.

Up to 5 poems. Maximum 10 pages. One document. Titles separated by commas in the “Submission Title” field. Query if longer than 10 pages.

If you are a Black, Indigenous, or incarcerated writer, you may email your submission to blackwarriorreview@gmail.com for no fee. Please include a short cover letter and bio.

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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