Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Bellevue Literary Review. 
We are currently open to submissions.


GUIDELINES:

The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.  We welcome submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.  We encourage you to read BLR before you submit.  Samples from each issue are available in our online archive.

  • Fiction: The Bellevue Literary Review seeks character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror). Our word max is 5,000, though most of our published stories tend to be in the range of 2,000-4,000 words. We have only occasionally published flash fiction. While we are always interested in creative explorations in style, we do lean toward classic short stories.

    Creative Nonfiction: We are looking for essays that reach beyond the standard ‘illness narrative’ to develop a topic in an engaging and original manner. Incorporate anecdotes that feel alive, and dazzle us with thoughtful and creative analysis that allows these anecdotes to serve a larger purpose. Please, no academic discourses or works with footnotes. Maximum 5,000 words.

    Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document.

  • We will consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

  • Manuscripts can only be accepted electronically via Submittable.

  • The BLR is closed to submissions in July and August.

  • Published authors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, an additional 1-year subscription to the BLR, as well as a gift subscription for a friend. There is an author discount for purchasing extra copies. Thanks to grant funding, we have been able to pay our authors an honorarium for their work, and will continue to do so when funds are available.

  • We strive to provide several reviewers for each manuscript and kindly ask your patience in this necessarily slow process. But if you have not heard from us within five months, feel free to inquire about your manuscript.

  • BLR acquires first-time North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies. After publication, all other rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made.

(*For the BLR, “published work” means published in print in North America, or published on the Internet in electronic journals, e-zines, academic websites, and other “public” or “official” websites. Works posted on personal blogs or websites will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We ask that authors be honest about web postings. If a work is discovered to have been posted or published elsewhere--and not openly acknowledged by the author in advance--we will remove it from consideration.)


If you have any questions or are having trouble submitting, please e-mail us at info@BLReview.org.




Ends on July 1, 2018$5.00
$5.00
The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished* work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.

Fiction:
The Bellevue Literary Review seeks character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).  Our word max is 5,000, though most of our published stories tend to be in the range of 2,000-4,000 words. We have only occasionally published flash fiction.  While we are always interested in creative explorations in style, we do lean toward classic short stories. 

We encourage you to read BLR before you submit.  Samples from each issue are available in our online archive.

We consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

If you are a current subscriber, you may submit under the No-Fee Submissions for Current BLR Subscribers category. If you'd like to subscribe, please use the Subscribe + Submit category.

Ends on July 1, 2018$5.00
$5.00
The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished* work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.

Creative Nonfiction:
We are looking for essays that reach beyond the standard ‘illness narrative’ to develop a topic in an engaging and original manner. Incorporate anecdotes that feel alive, and dazzle us with thoughtful and creative analysis that allows these anecdotes to serve a larger purpose. Please, no academic discourses or works with footnotes. Maximum 5,000 words.

We encourage you to read BLR before you submit.  Samples from each issue are available in our online archive.

We consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

If you are a current subscriber, you may submit under the No-Fee Submissions for Current BLR Subscribers category. If you'd like to subscribe, please use the Subscribe + Submit category.


Ends on July 1, 2018$5.00
$5.00
The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. 

Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document.

We encourage you to read BLR before you submit.  Samples from each issue are available in our online archive.

We consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

If you are a current subscriber, you may submit under the No-Fee Submissions for Current BLR Subscribers category. If you'd like to subscribe, please use the Subscribe + Submit category.

Ends on January 1, 2018$5.00
$5.00

In Fall 2018, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue, seeking high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explore the idea of displacement. We aim to gather a diverse group of voices that will allow readers to grapple with the upending of the familiar, the shifting of lives, the transference of emotion, the migration from home, and the geographical and emotional sense of belonging elsewhere.

Since the BLR’s larger thematic focus is on the tensions that arise between health and illness, we are uniquely positioned to understand displacement. Illness creates a sense of "un-belonging" in the body, a yearning for relief of suffering, a pining for return to the land of the healthy. Sometimes there is a literal displacement, during hospitalization or surgery, for example. Healing itself is often described as a journey toward home.

Exile was once a form of punishment that people dreaded and feared. There was a time when "homesickness" was a true diagnosis, an illness considered so serious that it could cause death. Now that we are embedded in a global community, displacement may not necessarily be a drastic break from one’s home, but rather a complicated set of emotional attachments and ruptures. Displacement is a feeling that circulates globally, almost universally, precisely because it is no longer the province of the exile or the traveler. We hope this theme issue will be an important entry into the literary canon, drawing from stories that run the gamut from the personal to the political, and from the familiar to the foreign.

Deadline: January 1, 2018 ~ The issue will be published in Fall 2018.


Fiction:
The Bellevue Literary Review seeks character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).  Our word max is 5,000, though most of our published stories tend to be in the range of 2,000-4,000 words. We have only occasionally published flash fiction.  While we are always interested in creative explorations in style, we do lean toward classic short stories. 

We encourage you to read BLR before you submit.  Samples from each issue are available in our online archive.

We consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

If you are a current subscriber, you may submit under the No-Fee Submissions for Current BLR Subscribers category. If you'd like to subscribe, please use the Subscribe + Submit category.  (Be sure to note in the cover letter field that your submission is intended for this theme issue.)
Ends on January 1, 2018$5.00
$5.00

In Fall 2018, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue, seeking high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explore the idea of displacement. We aim to gather a diverse group of voices that will allow readers to grapple with the upending of the familiar, the shifting of lives, the transference of emotion, the migration from home, and the geographical and emotional sense of belonging elsewhere.

Since the BLR’s larger thematic focus is on the tensions that arise between health and illness, we are uniquely positioned to understand displacement. Illness creates a sense of "un-belonging" in the body, a yearning for relief of suffering, a pining for return to the land of the healthy. Sometimes there is a literal displacement, during hospitalization or surgery, for example. Healing itself is often described as a journey toward home.

Exile was once a form of punishment that people dreaded and feared. There was a time when "homesickness" was a true diagnosis, an illness considered so serious that it could cause death. Now that we are embedded in a global community, displacement may not necessarily be a drastic break from one’s home, but rather a complicated set of emotional attachments and ruptures. Displacement is a feeling that circulates globally, almost universally, precisely because it is no longer the province of the exile or the traveler. We hope this theme issue will be an important entry into the literary canon, drawing from stories that run the gamut from the personal to the political, and from the familiar to the foreign.

Deadline: January 1, 2018 ~ The issue will be published in Fall 2018.


Creative Nonfiction:
We are looking for essays that reach beyond the standard ‘illness narrative’ to develop a topic in an engaging and original manner. Incorporate anecdotes that feel alive, and dazzle us with thoughtful and creative analysis that allows these anecdotes to serve a larger purpose. Please, no academic discourses or works with footnotes. Maximum 5,000 words.

We encourage you to read BLR before you submit.  Samples from each issue are available in our online archive.

We consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

If you are a current subscriber, you may submit under the No-Fee Submissions for Current BLR Subscribers category. If you'd like to subscribe, please use the Subscribe + Submit category.  (Be sure to note in the cover letter field that your submission is intended for this theme issue.)

Ends on January 1, 2018$5.00
$5.00

In Fall 2018, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue, seeking high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explore the idea of displacement. We aim to gather a diverse group of voices that will allow readers to grapple with the upending of the familiar, the shifting of lives, the transference of emotion, the migration from home, and the geographical and emotional sense of belonging elsewhere.

Since the BLR’s larger thematic focus is on the tensions that arise between health and illness, we are uniquely positioned to understand displacement. Illness creates a sense of "un-belonging" in the body, a yearning for relief of suffering, a pining for return to the land of the healthy. Sometimes there is a literal displacement, during hospitalization or surgery, for example. Healing itself is often described as a journey toward home.

Exile was once a form of punishment that people dreaded and feared. There was a time when "homesickness" was a true diagnosis, an illness considered so serious that it could cause death. Now that we are embedded in a global community, displacement may not necessarily be a drastic break from one’s home, but rather a complicated set of emotional attachments and ruptures. Displacement is a feeling that circulates globally, almost universally, precisely because it is no longer the province of the exile or the traveler. We hope this theme issue will be an important entry into the literary canon, drawing from stories that run the gamut from the personal to the political, and from the familiar to the foreign.

Deadline: January 1, 2018 ~ The issue will be published in Fall 2018.


Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document. 

We encourage you to read BLR before you submit.  Samples from each issue are available in our online archive.

We consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

If you are a current subscriber, you may submit under the No-Fee Submissions for Current BLR Subscribers category. If you'd like to subscribe, please use the Subscribe + Submit category.  (Be sure to note in the cover letter field that your submission is intended for this theme issue.)

We recognize that subscribing to the journal is a tangible—and very much appreciated—way of supporting the BLR, thus the submission fee is waived for current subscribers.

Please, no more than 2 active submissions at a time.

This portal is for BLR subscribers only. 
  • If you are unsure of your subscription status, or if you subscribe under a different name, please send us an email at info@blreview.org and we'll get back to you ASAP.
  • If you are not a BLR subscriber, please submit under the General Submissions category, or use the Subscribe + Submit category.  Manuscripts accidentally uploaded here by non-subscribers will not be reviewed.
Fiction:
The Bellevue Literary Review seeks character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).  Our word max is 5,000, though most of our published stories tend to be in the range of 2,000-4,000 words. We have only occasionally published flash fiction.  While we are always interested in creative explorations in style, we do lean toward classic short stories. 

Creative Nonfiction:
We are looking for essays that reach beyond the standard ‘illness narrative’ to develop a topic in an engaging and original manner. Incorporate anecdotes that feel alive, and dazzle us with thoughtful and creative analysis that allows these anecdotes to serve a larger purpose. Please, no academic discourses or works with footnotes. Maximum 5,000 words.

Poetry:
Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document.

We encourage you to read BLR before you submit.  Samples from each issue are available in our online archive.

We consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.




Subscribing to the journal is a tangible—and very much appreciated—way of supporting the BLR.  The $20 fee is our regular one-year subscription price, so the submission is free with your subscription order.

Please also feel free to use this category if you are a subscriber who would like to renew your subscription while making a submission.

Fiction:
The Bellevue Literary Review seeks character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).  Our word max is 5,000, though most of our published stories tend to be in the range of 2,000-4,000 words. We have only occasionally published flash fiction.  While we are always interested in creative explorations in style, we do lean toward classic short stories. 

Creative Nonfiction:
We are looking for essays that reach beyond the standard ‘illness narrative’ to develop a topic in an engaging and original manner. Incorporate anecdotes that feel alive, and dazzle us with thoughtful and creative analysis that allows these anecdotes to serve a larger purpose. Please, no academic discourses or works with footnotes. Maximum 5,000 words.

Poetry:
Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document.

We encourage you to read BLR before you submit.  Samples from each issue are available in our online archive.

We consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.


Pre-order a copy of our the theme issue, "Finding Home: Family & Connections." The issue features an introductory essay by KJ Dell'Antonia, as well as new writing from Perri Klass, Ted Kooser, Rachel Hadas, Thomas March, and many other talented writers. It also features beautiful cover art by father and son Paul and John Paul Caponigro, as well as an insert of their photographs.









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Order a copy of our the theme issue, "Reconstructions: The Art of Memory." The issue features a new essay by Francine Prose ("The Library of Forgetting"), as well as writing from R.L. Maizes, Robert Carr, Toni Mirosevich, Thomas R. Moore, and many other talented writers.









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