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!)


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The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.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 We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).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


  • 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 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 Toni Jensen

Toni Jensen’s Carry is a memoir-in-essays about gun violence, land and Indigenous women’s lives. An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient in 2020, Jensen's essays have appeared in Orion, Catapult, and Ecotone. She is also the author of the short story collection From the Hilltop. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Métis. https://www.tonijensen.com 


GUIDELINES:   


  • Deadline: July 1, 2022


  • First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2023 issue of BLR.  
    Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2023 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 or other identifying information 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 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 on our website


We're happy to offer a 50% subscription discount to all authors who participate in the contest. (If you live outside the US, you must select the International option. Otherwise, we'll be unable to ship the journal to you. Thanks!)






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 Rana Awdish

Dr. Rana Awdish is the author of the critically-acclaimed, best-selling memoir, In Shock, based on her own critical illness.  She is the Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and a practicing Critical Care Physician. She lectures to physicians, health care leaders and medical schools both internationally and across the US on the necessity of compassionate care. www.ranaawdishmd.com


GUIDELINES:   


  • Deadline: July 1, 2022


  • First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2023 issue of BLR.  
    Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2023 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 or other identifying information 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 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.  Sample writing is available on our website.

We're happy to offer a 50% subscription discount to all authors who participate in the contest. (If you live outside the US, you must select the International option. Otherwise, we'll be unable to ship the journal to you. Thanks!)

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


John & Eileen Allman Prize for Poetry

Judged by Phillip B. Williams

Phillip B. Williams is from Chicago, IL, and is the author of the books Mutiny and Thief in the Interior. A recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Lambda Literary Award, and Whiting Award, he has also received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches at Bennington College and the Randolph College low-residency MFA. www.phillipbwilliams.com


GUIDELINES:

  • Deadline: July 1, 2022
  • First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2023 issue of BLR.   Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2023 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.  You may submit up to 3 poems per submission (please include all 3 in one file).
  • Do not put your name or other identifying information 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 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.  Sample writing is available on our website.

We're happy to offer a 50% subscription discount to all authors who participate in the contest. (If you live outside the US, you must select the International option. Otherwise, we'll be unable to ship the journal to you. Thanks!)

Subscribing to the journal is a tangible—and very much appreciated—way of supporting the BLR.  The $25 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.

Please note that only general submissions can be made through this category.  Contest entries must be submitted under the appropriate contest category.


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 encourage you to read BLR before you submit.  Please check out our online archive.


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


(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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Please, no more than 2 active submissions at a time. Please note that only general submissions can be made through this category.  Contest entries must be submitted under the appropriate contest category.


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:

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.





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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.


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