Black Warrior Review

Type Of Organization
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.

Social Media Platforms Used
Twitter, Facebook
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
University of Alabama
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Jeremy Rock
Contact Title
Managing Editor
fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, gr_novel
Representative Authors
Peter Markus, Terrance Hayes, Mary Caponegro
Submissions Policy
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 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 We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.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. Regarding eligibility: 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
Reading Period
Reporting Time
1 - 5 months
Author Payments
cash, subscription
Annual fiction and poetry contests-deadline Sept. 1. Three poems or one story per entry. Fee $20 includes 1-yr subscription.
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Average Print Run
Total Circulation
Paid Subscriptions
Single Copy Price
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
6 - 9
Average Number Of Pages
Kirby Johnson
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I was elected by the Media Planning Board at the University of Alabama.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
The editorial staff is comprised of creative writing graduate students at the University of Alabama. The editor and managing editor receive a full teaching remission for their work. The genre editors receive half remissions, and the rest of the staff
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Most of our editors read blind. However, it is always best to be polite and to the point in your cover letters.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
We use submittable. Genre editors read all submissions that come in, then pass selected work to their assistant editors for meetings.