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

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.

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 with any questions.

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.

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.

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.

Ends on March 1, 2019$3.00

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.

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