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Black Warrior Review
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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
BWR publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and art twice a year. Contributors include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside emerging writers. Work appearing in BWR has been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize series, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South, and other anthologies.
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University of Alabama
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fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, graphic novel
We seek to publish innovative new writing in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, in addition to literary comics and visual art.
Peter Markus, Terrance Hayes, Mary Caponegro
Black Warrior Review reads general fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from December 1 – March 1 and June 1 – September 1. Submissions are accepted only through Submittable at bwr.submittable.com/submit. All mailed submissions will be recycled unread, and unsolicited email submissions will not be considered. There is a $3 submission fee. BWR pays a one-year subscription and a nominal lump-sum fee for all works published. Rights revert to author upon publication; please credit Black Warrior Review with first publication if the work is republished elsewhere.
We do not consider previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please do not mix genres in the same submission. Past contributors and contest winners, please wait three years from the date of your publication to resubmit work. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators currently or formerly (within four years) affiliated with the University of Alabama are ineligible for consideration or publication.
For our annual contest:
Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 7,000 words, or a packet of up to three poems.
Do not include your contact information in your 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We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.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 each genre receive $1000 and publication in BWR 44.2, our Spring/Summer 2018 issue. One runner-up in each genre receives $100 and acknowledgment in that issue. We may consider any submission for general publication.
The contest is open April 1 – September 1. Winners will be announced in October.
Students, faculty, staff, and administrators currently affiliated with the University of Alabama are ineligible for consideration or publication.
Intimate friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of the judges are ineligible to submit in that category.
Previous winners should wait three years after their winning entry is published before entering again.
Black Warrior Review adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.
Publishing and Copyright info:
Black Warrior Review is indexed in Humanities International Complete, the Book Reviews Index, and the MLA International Bibliography. ISSN: 0193-6301.
No portion of Black Warrior Review or its website may be reproduced without permission. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2016 by Black Warrior Review.
Accepts unsolicited submissions?
Simultaneous submissions accepted
1 - 5 months
Annual fiction and poetry contests-deadline Sept. 1. Three poems or one story per entry. Fee $20 includes 1-yr subscription. (
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9 - 6
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