Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Bellevue Literary Review.  We are currently open to general submissions and to submissions for a special theme issue entitled "A Good Life."  More information about the theme issue can be found within the relevant categories below. 

We look forward to reading your work!

(Please note that in addition to submissions, you may also order individual issues of BLR or subscribe through this site. Scroll down for those options.)


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The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.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 We do  not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).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

 In Fall 2019, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue, seeking high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explore the idea of "A Good Life. " 

 A good life is what every human and every society strives to achieve. On the surface the elements of a good life seem obvious—health, security, contentment, meaning. But easy truisms mask the complexity of these goals.  If health is such a prominent component, then how is a good life achieved in the face of illness? Does living a good life make one a good person? What do we make of people who achieve a good life using less-than-good means? Who defines what qualifies as “meaning?"

Creating a good life is no doubt an ongoing journey. But is it the voyage or the destination that creates the “goodness?” And does arrival at the good life somehow diminish what the striving has offered? “It makes me nostalgic/,” writes former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith in her poem "The Good Life," “For the years I lived on coffee and bread,/ Hungry all the time.” How do we sort out the elements that create a good life?

The Bellevue Literary Review is seeking poetry, fiction and nonfiction for a special issue entitled, “A Good Life.”


Deadline: January 1, 2019 ~ The issue will be published in Fall 2019.



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.  (Be sure to note in the cover letter field that your submission is intended for this theme issue.)

In Fall 2019, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue, seeking high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explore the idea of "A Good Life. " 

 A good life is what every human and every society strives to achieve. On the surface the elements of a good life seem obvious—health, security, contentment, meaning. But easy truisms mask the complexity of these goals.  If health is such a prominent component, then how is a good life achieved in the face of illness? Does living a good life make one a good person? What do we make of people who achieve a good life using less-than-good means? Who defines what qualifies as “meaning?"

Creating a good life is no doubt an ongoing journey. But is it the voyage or the destination that creates the “goodness?” And does arrival at the good life somehow diminish what the striving has offered? “It makes me nostalgic/,” writes former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith in her poem "The Good Life," “For the years I lived on coffee and bread,/ Hungry all the time.” How do we sort out the elements that create a good life?

The Bellevue Literary Review is seeking poetry, fiction and nonfiction for a special issue entitled, “A Good Life.”


Deadline: January 1, 2019 ~ The issue will be published in Fall 2019.





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.  (Be sure to note in the cover letter field that your submission is intended for this theme issue.)


 In Fall 2019, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue, seeking high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explore the idea of "A Good Life. " 

 A good life is what every human and every society strives to achieve. On the surface the elements of a good life seem obvious—health, security, contentment, meaning. But easy truisms mask the complexity of these goals.  If health is such a prominent component, then how is a good life achieved in the face of illness? Does living a good life make one a good person? What do we make of people who achieve a good life using less-than-good means? Who defines what qualifies as “meaning?"

Creating a good life is no doubt an ongoing journey. But is it the voyage or the destination that creates the “goodness?” And does arrival at the good life somehow diminish what the striving has offered? “It makes me nostalgic/,” writes former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith in her poem "The Good Life," “For the years I lived on coffee and bread,/ Hungry all the time.” How do we sort out the elements that create a good life?

The Bellevue Literary Review is seeking poetry, fiction and nonfiction for a special issue entitled, “A Good Life.”


 Deadline: January 1, 2019 ~ The issue will be published in Fall 2019.





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.  (Be sure to note in the cover letter field that your submission is intended for this theme issue.)


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.

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$20.00 - 48.00

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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.



















 

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



 

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 Spring 2017 issue, featuring the winners of our annual prizes, chosen by judges Kazim Ali, Ha Jin, and Ariel Levy.

Learn more about the contest winners.











 

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.











Order a copy of our the theme issue, "Reconstructions: The Art of Memory." The issue features a new essay by Francine Prose ("The Library of Forgetting"), as well as writing from R.L. Maizes, Robert Carr, Toni Mirosevich, Thomas R. Moore, and many other talented writers.









$12.00 - 15.00
$12.00 - 15.00


 



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