Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Bellevue Literary Review.  

We are currently open to both general submissions and submissions to the annual BLR Prizes.

  • Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, judged by Bryan Washington 
  • Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, judged by Sheri Fink
  • Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, judged by DéLana R.A. Dameron

See the contest categories below for more details.

We look forward to reading your work!

(Please note that in addition to submissions, you may also order individual issues of BLR or subscribe through this site. Scroll down for those options.)


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The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.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.

These are our general guidelines. If submitting to the BLR Prizes, please review the contest-specific guidelines before you submit.


  • 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 We do  not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).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:  We encourage poems that are accessible to a wide audience. Characteristics we look for are vivid writing, strong narrative, and rendering the familiar new. We encourage you to peruse back issues in our archive to get a sense of our ethos. Please submit no more than three poems. Each poem should be on a separate page within a single 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.




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.

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.


The BLR seeks  high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our  themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.

We encourage poems that are accessible to a wide audience. Characteristics we look for are vivid writing, strong narrative, and rendering the familiar new. We encourage you to peruse back issues in our archive to get a sense of our ethos. 

Please submit no more than three poems. Each poem should be on a separate page within a single document.

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.


The annual BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. 


Goldenberg Prize for Fiction ~ Judged by Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington is the author of Lot, and he lives in Houston. He has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere.


GUIDELINES:   


  • Deadline: July 1, 2019


  • First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of BLR.  
    Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of BLR.


  • 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.  


  • Do not put your name on the manuscript document (or in the filename). Manuscripts are read blindly by reviewers, editors, and judges.


  • Work previously published in print or electronically will not be considered. 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.


  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you notify  us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.  We regret that there  can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work.


  • All contest entries will also be considered for regular publication.


  • Students/friends/colleagues/relations of a judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre.


  • 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.


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







The BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. 


Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction ~ Judged by Sheri Fink

Sheri Fink is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown, 2013) about choices made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She is a correspondent at the New York Times, where her and her colleagues' stories on the West Africa Ebola crisis were recognized with the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the George Polk Award for health reporting, and the Overseas Press Club Hal Boyle Award. Her story "The Deadly Choices at Memorial," co-published by ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine, received a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and a National Magazine Award for reporting. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, Fink received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.


GUIDELINES:   


  • Deadline: July 1, 2019


  • First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of BLR.  
    Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of BLR.


  •  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. 


  • Do not put your name on the manuscript document (or in the filename). Manuscripts are read blindly by reviewers, editors, and judges. 


  • Work previously published in print or electronically will not be considered. 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.)


  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you notify  us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.  We regret that there  can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work.


  • All contest entries will also be considered for regular publication.


  • Students/friends/colleagues/relations of a judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre.


  • 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.


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

Ends on July 1, 2019$20.00
$20.00

The BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.  


Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry ~ Judged by DéLana R.A. Dameron

DéLana R.A. Dameron’s second collection of poems Weary Kingdom (2017) is part of the University of South Carolina Palmetto Poetry Series, edited by Nikky Finney. Dameron’s debut collection How God Ends Us (2009) was selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. She has conducted readings, workshops and lectures all across the United States, Central America and Europe. Dameron holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University where she was a Goldwater Hospital Writer’s workshop fellow. Dameron has had essays, interviews, and poems published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Critical Flame, BUZZFEED, ARTS.BLACK, Storyscape Journal, The Rumpus, Epiphany Magazine, the Tidal Basin Review, African American Review, The New Sound Journal, among others. Most recently, Dameron was named the 2018 Summer Poet in Residence at University of Mississippi, Oxford.


GUIDELINES:  


  • Deadline: July 1, 2019


  • First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of BLR.  
    Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of BLR.


  • Poetry:  We encourage poems that are accessible to a wide audience. Characteristics we look for are vivid writing, strong narrative, and rendering the familiar new. We encourage you to peruse back issues in our archive to get a sense of our ethos. Please submit no more than three poems. Each poem should be on a separate page within a single document.  


  • Do not put your name on the manuscript document (or in the filename). Manuscripts are read blindly by reviewers, editors, and judges.


  • Work previously published in print or electronically will not be considered. 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.)


  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you notify  us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.  We regret that there  can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work.


  • All contest entries will also be considered for regular publication.


  • Students/friends/colleagues/relations of a judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre.


  • 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.


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


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.

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Congratulations to our winners:


Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, selected by Maud Casey
Winner: “The Kings of Gowanus” by Rae Meadows
Honorable Mention: “Bird Season” by Daniela Garvue

Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, selected by Elisabeth Rosenthal
Winner: “Harvest Moon” by Julia Michie Bruckner
Honorable Mention: “Lone Wolf” by Ellen Gunnarsdottir

Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, selected by Jennifer Bartlett
Winner: “Particle” by Jan Bottiglieri
Honorable Mention: “Dusk in Dupont Circle” by Martha Addy Young

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Winner: “Touch” by Stephanie X. Wu


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