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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The Blue Mountain Review launched from Athens, Georgia in 2015 with the mantra, “We’re all south of somewhere.” As a journal of culture the BMR strives to represent life through its stories. Stories are vital to our survival. Songs save the soul. Our goal is to preserve and promote lives told well through prose, poetry, music, and the visual arts. Our editors read year-round with an eye out for work with homespun and international appeal. We’ve published work with Jericho Brown, Kelli Russell Agodon, Robert Pinsky, Rising Appalachia, Nahko, Michel Stone, Genesis Greykid, Cassandra King, Melissa Studdard, and A.E. Stallings. www.southerncollectiveexperience.com/submission-guidelines/
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, gr_novel
Jericho Brown, Robert Pinsky, Melissa Studdard
All submissions go through our Submittable portal where editors give each one their undivided attention. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but there are cut off dates for particular issues and/or genres.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
01 - 31 months
We sponsor at least two chapbook contests per year.
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Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
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How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
After founding my company, the Southern Collective Experience, the first team goal was a literary journal that not only focused on the creative process but highlight the business side of art as well. I stepped in as Editor-in-Chief to tow the line.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
We have one editor per genre as well as music and visual art interviews. Outside of our editors we invite SCE members to submit interviews, book reviews, and/or testimonials on their success - and how they got there.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Be concise. Keep it brief. There is never a need for a bio that goes beyond a simple paragraph. Less is always more.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
We use Submittable where submissions go to the designated editor. Each editor is trusted without oversight to make the best decision possible. We strive to make a quick turnaround in our responses.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We look for voice, style, command of language, and humility.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Read the submission guidelines and do not wander away from them.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Those who want to know more. Those who simply wish to lose themselves. Serious artists and the general hobbist sit equally well with us. The people who want to know how to make thier creativity a vocation.