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Guest Edited by Renee Gladman

For this special section of Black Warrior Review, we invite you, writers at all stages of your careers, to consider the book that you’ve recently completed, that you’ve published within the past three years, or that is forthcoming within the next year: Is there one further thing you need to say, a gesture you’d like to extend to the book or to the world? Would it be of use to add something about the process, to create a reflective statement about the journey or the silence after the journey? If yes, send us your afterwords.


1. We are interested in a diversity of statements. However, lyrical/meditative approaches are highly encouraged.

2. Previously unpublished texts will be prioritized in the selection process, although all afterwords will be considered.

3. Length of submission should range from 500 to 2,500 words.

4. Submissions are open to all genres.

Submissions close April 10 or when our submissions cap is hit.

This guest-edited section will appear in the next BWR print issue. All contributors will be paid for their work. 



Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of poetry, prose, drawing and architecture. She is the author of twelve published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians—Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013), and Houses of Ravicka (2017)—as well as Calamities, a collection of linked auto-essays on the intersections of writing, drawing, and community, which won the 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Morelia, a brief crime novel was released in spring 2019. Her drawings have been collected in Prose Architectures (2017) and One Long Black Sentence, a series of white ink drawings on black paper and indexed by Fred Moten (forthcoming spring 2020). Recent essays and visual work have appeared in The Paris Review, Gulf Coast, Granta, Harper's, BOMB magazine, and n+1. She has been awarded fellowships, artist grants, and residencies from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) among others. As a 2020 Bagley Wright Lecturer, she’ll be touring various cities in the U.S. and Canada, presenting talks on moving architectures, scoring invisibility, and drawing writing. She makes her home in New England.

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