Black Warrior Review reads general fiction, nonfiction, and
poetry submissions from December
1 – March 1 and June 1 – September 1.
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 comics 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 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.
We seek risk-taking prose that challenges conventions of narrative, language, form, and genre. We value speculation, invention and imagination, work that pushes against the real, dismantles the world and builds it better. Give us your futuristic stories, your rebuilding of the world, your radical envisionings. The weird, the lyrical, the magical. Make us rethink. Make us feel.
We especially seek work from writers of color, queer and trans writers, disabled writers, immigrant writers, and other groups whose voices have been long silenced.
We ask that prose works are no longer than 7,000 words. We also accept flash fiction (under 1,000 words); please include no more than three flash pieces in a single submission.
We ask that nonfiction works are no longer than 7,000 words. Please query for longer works. We do not usually accept academic articles.
Please send up to five poems, with a maximum submission length of 10 pages. Poems should be submitted in one document, with the titles separated by commas in the “Submission Title” field. You may abbreviate the titles if they do not fit.