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 $15; one-year subscriptions for $25.


Two aesthetics exist: the passive aesthetic of mirrors and the active aesthetic of prisms. Guided by the former, art turns into a copy of the environment’s objectivity or the individual’s psychic history. Guided by the latter, art is redeemed, makes the world into its instrument, and forges—beyond spatial and temporal prisons—a personal vision.”–ULTRA MANIFESTO [1921]

We want work that familiarizes the strange and mystifies the familiar. We are interested in reading anything that you wouldn’t—or couldn’t—send elsewhere, because you don’t feel like it fully fits anywhere.

We’ll read short (and long) stories of 7,000 words or fewer. Submit one piece at a time. If you are a Black, Indigenous, or incarcerated writer, you may email your submission to for no fee. Please include a short cover letter and bio.


BWR seeks to publish poems that are:

1. Experimental in form, creation process, content, and/or reading method 🧪

2. Representative of non-traditional voices and contemporary issues ❤️

3. Impressive in their wholeness, but also in their minutiae 🤩

We'd also love to see more poems that portray nuanced forms of comedy or spirituality, although this is not required.

Submit up to 5 poems with a maximum of 10 pages in one document. In the “Submission Title” field, list all titles separated by commas. Please include a short cover letter and bio (more personal than professional bio preferred).

If you are a Black, Indigenous, or incarcerated writer, you may email your submission to for no fee.


We at the Nonfiction desk are always hungry for the transgressive, for works that question the boundaries of form, of language, of content. We are on the lookout for essays that make us rethink our perspectives on life, on art, on the very definition of the essay itself as an art form. Surprise us.

We are very open to submissions from writers of all races, nationalities, cultures, sexual orientations, and classes; that said, we are especially welcoming of works from writers who identify as BIPOC, queer, disabled  and/or of non-Western descent.

If you are a Black, Indigenous, or incarcerated writer, you may email your submission to for no fee. Be sure to include a bio statement (in third-person, up to 100 words) and a short cover letter.

Please submit works no longer than 7,000 words in a single Word doc. While we love to read submissions from all over, we do have limited bandwidth; to ensure we can give your work the full attention it deserves, please do not send us more than one work for consideration at a time.

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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.

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.

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