Black Warrior Review reads general fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from December 1 – March 1 and June 1 – September 1. Our reading period is currently CLOSED for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

The average response time for submissions is between 1 and 6 months.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere.

We do not consider previously published work.

Please do not mix genres in the same submission.

Please do not submit poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to the graphic writing category when our reading period is closed.

Past contributors and contest winners, please wait three years from the date of your publication to resubmit work.

We encourage you to read Black Warrior Review before submitting. Sample issues are available for $12; one-year subscriptions for $20.

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 graphic essays/stories/poems or pieces of sequential art per issue. 

We publish graphic writing in grayscale. Submit in .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf format.