Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Bellevue Literary Review. 
We are currently open to both general submissions and entries to our annual prizes.

Please read the guidelines below, then scroll down for links to submit.

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The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.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 We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).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.




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. 

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.

BLR Prize Guidelines:  

Goldenberg Prize for Fiction ~ Judged by Maud Casey
Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry ~ Judged by Jennifer Bartlett 
Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction ~ Judged by Elisabeth Rosenthal

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

Deadline: July 1, 2018

  1. First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2019 issue of BLR
    Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2019 issue of BLR.

  2. 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.

  3. Do not put your name on the manuscript document.

  4. 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.)

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.






BLR Prize Guidelines:  

Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction ~ Judged by Elisabeth Rosenthal
Goldenberg Prize for Fiction ~ Judged by Maud Casey
Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry ~ Judged by Jennifer Bartlett 

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

Deadline: July 1, 2018

  1. First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2019 issue of BLR
    Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2019 issue of BLR.

  2. 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.

  3. Do not put your name on the manuscript document.

  4. 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.)

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.
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$20.00
BLR Prize Guidelines:  

Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry ~ Judged by Jennifer Bartlett 
Goldenberg Prize for Fiction ~ Judged by Maud Casey
Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction ~ Judged by Elisabeth Rosenthal

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

Deadline: July 1, 2018

  1. First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2019 issue of BLR
    Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2019 issue of BLR.

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

  3. Do not put your name on the manuscript document.

  4. 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.)

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.


 

Our Spring 2018 issue — featuring the winners of our annual prizes, chosen by judges Geraldine Brooks, Rivka Galchen, and Rachel Hadas — is now available.


Congratulations to our winners:

Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, selected by Geraldine Brooks
Winner: “Atrophy” by Lauren Erin O’Brien
Honorable Mention: “Full Buck Moon” by Sheryl Louise Rivett
Honorable Mention: “Bamboo Forest” by Faith Shearin 

Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, selected by Rivka Galchen
Winner: “Cancer, So Far” by Elizabeth Crowell
Honorable Mention: “Drawing Blood” by Laura Johnsrude
Honorable Mention: “The Reluctant Sexton” by Martha Wolfe


Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, selected by Rachel Hadas
Winner: “Throat” by Gabriel Spera
Honorable Mention: “The Game of Catch” by Noah Stetzer

These issue also features work by many other talented writers, including Jason Brown, Ellen Aronofsky Cole, Patrick Donnelly, and Muriel Nelson.  Order your copy now.

Learn more about the contest winners


Submissions to our 2019 prizes are now open.

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