Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Bellevue Literary Review.
We are currently closed to new submissions. Submissions will reopen on September 1st.
We are still reading through the submissions queue (not on summer vacation!), and appreciate your patience.
- If you have a general submission under review with us and it has been more than 5 months, please feel free to check in for an update: info@BLReview.org
- Results for the annual BLR Prizes will be announced this fall.
Please check back in September for information about our next theme issue, "Reading the Body."
(In the meantime, please consider picking up a copy of our latest issue or a subscription. Scroll down for those options.)
The BLR is closed to submissions in July and August.
The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.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 We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).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: 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.
- 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.
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Order a copy of our 2019 prizewinners issue, which features the winning writers noted below, along with many other talented authors. See the full table of contents below.
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
Daniel Liebowitz Prize for Student Writing
Winner: “Touch” by Stephanie X. Wu
S.L. Bailey - "Let Them Lie"
Elizabeth Chase - "Emancipation"
Charles Conley - "Dream of the Italian Gentleman"
Daniela Garvue - "Bird Season"
Jeremy Glazer - "Interruption"
Maggie Leffler - "Blink"
Rae Meadows - "The Kings of Gowanus"
Leonard Post- "Sibilance"
Christina Robertson - "The Awful Thing"
Sarah Yahm - "Lydiola"
Jamie Zeppa - "The Opioid Epidemic Handbook for Parents"
Julia Michie Bruckner - "Harvest Moon"
Dante Di Stefano - "Book Review: Four First Books"
Ellen Gunnarsdottir - "Lone Wolf"
Pamela Hull - "Second Chance"
Stephanie X. Wu - "Touch"
Li Yun Alvarado - "Family Physician"
Alex Bernstein - "Lithium Canal"
Mary Block - "It Comes in Waves"
Michelle Boland - "Untouchable"
Jan Bottiglieri - "Particle"
Nicole Callihan - "Imaging"
Jona Colson - "The Other Life"
Steven Cramer - " Frontier"
Victoria Dalkey - "Watching the Olympics on Morphine"
David Gustavsen - " Seeing Dad's Scars For the First Time, Three Months After His Bear Attack"
Sandra Gustin - "House Staff"
Aimee Herman - "Archived and Bodily"
Sarah Koenig - "The Inside"
Brenda Miller - "As Is"
Joan Moritz - "Doughnuts"
Ted Morrissey - "Shroud"
Renée K. Nicholson - " Bury the Lead"
Michele Parker Randall - "Oystered"
Kali Veach - "109 Miles from the Mexican-American Border"
Jennifer Wolkin - "Show & Tell"
Martha Addy Young - "Dusk In Dupont Circle"
Order a copy of our latest theme issue, "Dis/Placement." The issue features an introductory essay by Ha Jin, as well as new writing from Barron H. Lerner, Myra Shapiro, Hal Sirowitz, Sue Ellen Thompson, Eric Pankey, Dan Pope, Rachel Hadas, Prartho Sereno, and many other talented writers. It also features beautiful cover art by Jonathan Allen.
Order a copy of our the theme issue, "Finding Home: Family & Connections." The issue features an introductory essay by KJ Dell'Antonia, as well as new writing from Perri Klass, Ted Kooser, Rachel Hadas, Thomas March, and many other talented writers. It also features beautiful cover art by father and son Paul and John Paul Caponigro, as well as an insert of their photographs.
Order a copy of our expanded 10th Anniversary issue, featuring a stunning trio of opening essays: "Illness as Muse" by Rafael Campo, "Illness and the Imagination" by Paul Harding, and "Bellevue: Fabled History Narrowed to a Fragment" by David Oshinsky. The issue also features poems by Edward Hirsch, Naomi Shihab Nye, Cornelius Eady, Cortney Davis, Alberto Rios, and more; plus stories by Allegra Hyde, Anne Elliot, Robyn Parnell, and many other talented writers. A color insert featuring photos from the historic Bellevue archive rounds out the issue. Learn more here.