Thank you for submitting to the Bellevue Literary Review. We hope you'll also consider ordering a copy or a subscription (that's how literary journals stay alive and provide publishing opportunities for the writing community!)

We are closed to submissions in January & February, and will reopen to both general and contest submissions on March 1, 2023.



The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.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

Fiction: We are looking for 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 We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).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, though most of our published essays tend to be in the range of  2,000-4,000 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 happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

  • Manuscripts can only be accepted electronically via Submittable.

  • There is a $5 fee per general submission which helps support our production costs. Though we’d prefer not to have to charge a submission fee, we hope you will be understanding of the economic realities of publishing a high-quality literary magazine. 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.

  • 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 (

  • Published authors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, plus an additional 1-year subscription to the BLR and 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.

  • The 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 the 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

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The Bellevue Literary Review is a special community of readers and writers, and we value each person who joins us.

As you think about meaningful gifts for friends and family, consider a unique and remarkably affordable gift for the thoughtful and curious person in your life: a subscription to the Bellevue Literary Review.

NOTE: New subscriptions will begin with Issue 42, out this Spring!  

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Pick up an issue of BLR, including theme issues on reading the body, a good life, memory, family, war, multiculturalism, aging, and the environment. Your can also get a copy of our annual contest issues.

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To explore our full collection of BLR issues, please visit our website.  (You can also purchase digital issues there (for Kindle and others), as well as subscriptions, and discount cases of issues for your class or reading group.

(If you live outside the United States, you must select the option that includes international shipping. Otherwise we can't mail it to you. Thank you for understanding.)

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