Big Bend Literary Magazine

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Big Bend Literary Magazine's mission is to support the artistic community of the Big Bend region by showcasing the work of creators inspired by its local nature, beauty, and culture.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Instagram
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Kate Keenan
Contact Title
Managing Editor
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art
Representative Authors
Francis Rosa, Annie Gilliland, Judy Eron
Submissions Policy
Submission Guidelines: All works are to be 12-pt. double-spaced, preferably in a doc. format. Under 4500 words per piece Unedited pieces that have not been crafted for publication will not be accepted. DO NOT provide a bio. Cover letters are not necessary, either. We want to read your work blind. Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please indicate if the work has been published and/or let us know if it has been accepted for publication elsewhere. Please indicate your full name within the file name. Creative nonfiction, fiction, essays, book excerpts, reviews, and prose: Submit no more than two pieces. Please wait to hear back from us before submitting new work. Submit here. Poetry: Submit no more than five poems. Please wait to hear back from us before submitting new work. Submit here. Photography and art: Submit no more than five pieces. Please wait to hear back from us before submitting new work. Submit here. Big Bend Literary Magazine retains First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights for all work that it accepts for publication. Upon publication, all rights immediately revert back to the author. We simply ask that any future publications of work that we publish recognize Big Bend Literary Magazine as the original publisher. We may consider previously published works. Please indicate in the email upon submission if the work has been previously published elsewhere, if it is under the ownership of another publication, and the link to the publication. Considerations for previously published work will likely depend on these factors. DO NOT submit previously published work if you cannot provide the information above. Please consider a donation for reading fees, website hosting, and other costs by using the donation button below. Your donation or lack thereof will have no bearing on whether or not your work is published. Unlike many other literary journals, we are not sponsored by a university, foundation, or corporation. In the spirit of Big Bend, we desire to remain a maverick publication, beholden to no other than whoever happens to be masthead at the time. Money may later sponsor awards and prizes for creative works or possibly print editions. The sky is the limit, especially here in Big Bend. What we are looking for: Any genre of prose or poetry with overtones of the Big Bend region Creative nonfiction - emotional, raw, thoughtful, deep, esthetic Essays on the region or its culture and people Fiction set in the Big Bend region or by a native/local person Diverse voices Photography that is beautiful, clear, unfiltered, artistic, and shows some difficulty or complexity in obtaining the shot Book reviews of works by local authors or works pertaining directly to the Big Bend region Art by local artists or art inspired by the Big Bend region Works that are not a specific category (such as book excerpts) may also be considered Local myths, legends, or stories passed on orally Works that appreciate geology, landscape, nature, desert culture, open spaces, history, etc. What we are not looking for: Anything overtly political or ranting Generic photographs of the area Children's art or other youth works Spam/multiple submissions outside of the guidelines above Works that do not at all pertain to the Big Bend region or are not by a local/native of the area Works that are not edited and ready for publication Overly filtered or altered photographs Work that could be considered pornographic, overly violent or graphic, or offensive to a specific group/race/gender/etc. Editorials or letters of complaint unless satirical or creative in nature and purpose
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
4 - 9 weeks
Author Payments
none, copies
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Average Print Run
Total Circulation
Single Copy Price
Total Number Of Issues Published
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
6.69 - 9.61
Average Number Of Pages
Kate Keenan
Managing Editor
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Big Bend Literary Magazine seeks poignant, breathtaking submissions written or created by those deeply affected by the nature, beauty, and culture of the Big Bend region.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Read the submission guidelines carefully.