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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  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.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).

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