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.

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.

$5.00 - 100.00
$5.00 - 100.00

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.

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The entry fee covers a packet of up to three poems. 


  • Submit a packet of up to 3 poems.
  • Cover letters are welcome
  • Please do not include identifying information in your submission document. We will use your Submittable information to contact you, so please make sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.
  • Winners in Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry genre receive $1000 and publication in BWR 48.2, our Spring 2022 issue. The first runner-up in each genre receive monetary compensation, acknowledgment in the print issue, and online publication (if desired). We may consider any submission for general publication.
  • The contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.

Poetry Guest Judge: Eduardo C. Corral

Eduardo C. Corral is the son of Mexican immigrants. He’s the author of Guillotine, published by Graywolf Press, and Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Each $25 entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The $15 entry fee does not include a subscription. The entry fees cover a packet of up to three poems.   


  • Submit a packet of up to 3 poems.
  • Cover letters are welcome.
  • Please do not include identifying information in your submission document. We will use your Submittable information to contact you, so please make sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.
  • Winners in Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry genre receive $1000 and publication in BWR 48.2, our Spring 2022 issue. The first runner-up in each genre receive monetary compensation, acknowledgment in the print issue, and online publication (if desired). We may consider any submission for general publication.
  • The contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.


Poetry Guest Judge: Eduardo C. Corral

Eduardo C. Corral is the son of Mexican immigrants. He’s the author of Guillotine, published by Graywolf Press, and Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word prose submission.

  • Submit up to 7,000 words.
  • Cover letters are welcome.
  • Pease do not include identifying information in your submission document. We will use your Submittable information to contact you, so please make sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.
  • Winners in Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry genre receive $1000 and publication in BWR 48.2, our Spring 2022 issue. The first runner-up in each genre receive monetary compensation, acknowledgment in the print issue, and online publication (if desired). We may consider any submission for general publication.
  • The contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.


Fiction Guest Judge: K-Ming Chang

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice novel Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her short story collection, Resident Aliens, is forthcoming from One World. More of her work can be found at kmingchang.com.

Each $25 entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The $15 entry fee does not include a subscription. Entry fees cover one 7,000 word prose submission. 


  • Submit up to 7,000 words.
  • Cover letters are welcome.
  • Please do not include identifying information in your submission document. We will use your Submittable information to contact you, so please make sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.
  • Winners in Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry genre receive $1000 and publication in BWR 48.2, our Spring 2022 issue. The first runner-up in each genre receive monetary compensation, acknowledgment in the print issue, and online publication (if desired). We may consider any submission for general publication.
  • The contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.

Fiction Guest Judge: K-Ming Chang

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice novel Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her short story collection, Resident Aliens, is forthcoming from One World. More of her work can be found at kmingchang.com.

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word prose submission. 

  • Submit up to 7,000 words.
  • Cover letters are welcome.
  • Please do not include identifying information in your submission document. We will use your Submittable information to contact you, so please make sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.
  • Winners in Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry genre receive $1000 and publication in BWR 48.2, our Spring 2022 issue. The first runner-up in each genre receive monetary compensation, acknowledgment in the print issue, and online publication (if desired). We may consider any submission for general publication.
  • The contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.


Nonfiction Guest Judge: Su Cho

Su Cho is a poet and essayist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her essay "Cleaving Translation" won Sycamore Review's Nonfiction Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work can be found in GEN Medium, Black Warrior Review, New England Review, Poetry, Gulf Coast, Southeast Review, The Best American Poetry 2021, and elsewhere. She's currently working on an essay collection about immigration, language, and religion in addition to her poetry manuscripts. Follow her on Twitter @su__cho or go to www.suchowrites.com for more.

Each $25 entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The $15 entry fee does not include a subscription. Entry fees cover one 7,000 word prose submission. 


  • Submit up to 7,000 words.
  • Cover letters are welcome.
  • Please do not include identifying information in your submission document. We will use your Submittable information to contact you, so please make sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.
  • Winners in Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry genre receive $1000 and publication in BWR 48.2, our Spring 2022 issue. The first runner-up in each genre receive monetary compensation, acknowledgment in the print issue, and online publication (if desired). We may consider any submission for general publication.
  • The contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.



Nonfiction Guest Judge: Su Cho

Su Cho is a poet and essayist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her essay "Cleaving Translation" won Sycamore Review's Nonfiction Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work can be found in GEN Medium, Black Warrior Review, New England Review, Poetry, Gulf Coast, Southeast Review, The Best American Poetry 2021, and elsewhere. She's currently working on an essay collection about immigration, language, and religion in addition to her poetry manuscripts. Follow her on Twitter @su__cho or go to www.suchowrites.com for more.

The entry fee covers a packet of up to three flash pieces in any genre.


  • Submit a packet of up to 3 flash pieces. This can be in any genre, as long as the author considers it “flash.” We encourage experimental, hybrid, and lyrical submissions in this category. Image + text work is also welcomed. Surprise us.
  • Cover letters are welcome.
  • Please do not include identifying information in your submission document. We will use your Submittable information to contact you, so please make sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.
  • The winner in Flash receives $500 and publication in BWR 48.2, our Spring 2022 issue. The first runner-up receives monetary compensation, acknowledgment in the print issue, and online publication (if desired). We may consider any submission for general publication.
  • The contest is open April 1 – September 1st. Winners will be announced in October.


Flash Guest Judge: J K Chukwu

J  K Chukwu is an experimental writer from the Midwest. She holds her MFA from Brown University. During her time at Brown, she was awarded the Mark Baumer Prize for Language Art, and was the two time winner of the Frances Mason Harris ’26 manuscript prize. She was a 2019 Lambda Fellow, and her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, New Delta Review, DIAGRAM, TAYO, and elsewhere. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of Net, and was short-listed for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award. She is part of the forthcoming essay collection Of This Our Country. Her debut novel, The Unfortunates, will be published in Spring 2022 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US) and The Borough Press (UK).

This portal is for Black and Indigenous submitters to the 2021 BWR contest only.

We will receive submissions until we meet our cap. We are currently able to make 600 submissions available.

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. 

  • Submit a packet of up to 3 poems, a packet of up to 3 flash pieces, or up to 7,000 words of fiction or nonfiction. Please stick to one genre per submission.
  • Cover letters are welcome.
  • Please do not include identifying information in your submission document. We will use your Submittable information to contact you, so please make sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.
  • Winners in Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry genre receive $1,000 and publication in BWR 48.2, our Spring 2022 issue. The first runner-up in each genre receive monetary compensation, acknowledgment in the print issue, and online publication (if desired). We may consider any submission for general publication.
  • The contest is open until September 1st. Winners will be announced in October. 


Poetry Guest Judge: Eduardo C. Corral

Eduardo C. Corral is the son of Mexican immigrants. He’s the author of Guillotine, published by Graywolf Press, and Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.


Fiction Guest Judge: K-Ming Chang

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice novel Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her short story collection, Resident Aliens, is forthcoming from One World. More of her work can be found at kmingchang.com.


Nonfiction Guest Judge: Su Cho   

Su Cho is a poet and essayist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her essay "Cleaving Translation" won Sycamore Review's Nonfiction Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work can be found in GEN Medium, Black Warrior Review, New England Review, Poetry, Gulf Coast, Southeast Review, The Best American Poetry 2021, and elsewhere. She's currently working on an essay collection about immigration, language, and religion in addition to her poetry manuscripts. Follow her on Twitter @su__cho or go to www.suchowrites.com for more.


Flash Guest Judge: J K Chukwu

J  K Chukwu is an experimental writer from the Midwest. She holds her MFA from Brown University. During her time at Brown, she was awarded the Mark Baumer Prize for Language Art, and was the two time winner of the Frances Mason Harris ’26 manuscript prize. She was a 2019 Lambda Fellow, and her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, New Delta Review, DIAGRAM, TAYO, and elsewhere. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of Net, and was short-listed for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award. She is part of the forthcoming essay collection Of This Our Country. Her debut novel, The Unfortunates, will be published in Spring 2022 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US) and The Borough Press (UK).

This category is for those buying a gift submission or donating an entry into our contest.

Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR for the donor and the writer receiving the donation. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word prose submission or a packet of up to 3 poems pieces for someone else.

If you are gifting a contest submission to a specific individual, please include the contact information of the recipient in the cover letter. Email is the preferred method of contact. Our staff will contact them to let them know they have been gifted a contest entry. These contest entries are still read blind. The recipient will be allowed to choose their preferred genre.  

If you are donating a contest submission, please write "DONATION" in the cover letter.

You can find more information about our contests here.

You can read more about donating a submission here: https://bwr.submittable.com/submit/163991/2020-fiction-poetry-nonfiction-contest-gift-submissions-or-donations



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