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About

Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, Black Warrior Review publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside emerging writers. Stories and poems appearing in Black Warrior Review have been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize series, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South, and other anthologies. Each issue features a chapbook from an up-and-coming writer in any genre.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for some submissions. Look for the fees icon.
Important: Submissions are free for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and incarcerated.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1974

Audience

Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Medium & Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

BWR is all set up in jeans and a corset. We’re smoking a very long cigarette on an old yellow couch. It’s 2:27 AM. The mailman wanders in, looking for his lost shih-tzu. In the ensuing conversation, the life erotic, the life political, the life bound and unbound is glimpsed. The sharpened edges of systems cut the grasping fingers. This just might be a comedy. Or it might, after all, be a prophecy.

Dates:
Will be open to fee-based submissions from 01 December 2020 (69.4 days from now) through 01 March 2021. 1
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Up to 3 pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
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Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Open Fee-based

We are interested in nonfiction that complicates western traditions of truth-telling. Send us writing that foregrounds the history of emotions rather than the history of facts. We want work that fractures reality, that demolishes walls. Writers of color are especially encouraged to submit.

Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Essay EssayUp to 7,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 7,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Temp Closed

We’re looking for your portraits of Truth coming out of her well. (That’s just poetry, isn’t it?) That is, we’re looking for little truths, your own kind of portraiture. But also, and perhaps more importantly, we’re looking for half-truths, lies, finger-paintings with heart, finger-paintings soulless. Send us your loveliest left-aligned, but first send us grit. Send us the stuff that you pick out of your shoe treads. Send us the formal (ball gowns?), but also send us I woke up like thises (free verse, erasure, the visual?). Write us in logic puzzles, but write us in Steinese (please)! We like contradictions. (No, we don’t.) And parentheticals. (Look.)

Dates:
Will be open to fee-based submissions from 01 December 2020 (69.4 days from now) through 01 March 2021. 0
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 5 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Visual Art Open

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). We are looking to publish one or two graphic essays/stories/poems, or pieces of sequential art per issue.

Art Media:
Cartoon/Comic strip.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Graphic Narrative Graphic NarrativeNo page limits known.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece) to Unknown payment Pay ranges from Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece) to Unknown payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKImage format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Last Updated: 01 Sep 2020
Last Checked: 01 Sep 2020 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 14 May 2020 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 02 Aug 2005

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