In the meantime, please see our guidelines below, and visit the BLR website to read samples from each issue, roundtable discussions with authors, editors' picks, and more.
GUIDELINES:The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.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 We do
not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).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.
Back issues are currently 50% off -- only $6 each. To read samples and see the table of contents for past issues, please visit our website.
Our Spring 2016 issue — featuring contest winners chosen by judges Paul Harding, Ada Limon, and Mark Vonnegut — is now available.
To read samples and see the table of contents, please visit our website.
The Bellevue Literary Review is a special community of readers and writers, and we value each person who joins us.
To read samples and see the table of contents for a particular issue, please visit our website.