Thank you for your interest in submitting to Bellevue Literary Review. 

We are currently closed to submissions. We will reopen to both general and BLR Prize submissions on March 1, 2024.

In the meantime, we hope you'll consider ordering a copy or a subscription (that's how literary journals stay alive and provide publishing opportunities for the writing community!)

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We are currently seeking applicants for the positions of Poetry Editor and Nonfiction Editor. Please see the opportunities below for details.


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Guidelines

Fiction: We seek character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror). We have only occasionally published flash fiction. While we are always interested in creative explorations in style, we do lean toward classic short stories.

Nonfiction: We are looking for essays that reach beyond the standard ‘illness narrative’ to develop a topic in an engaging and original manner. Incorporate thoughtful and creative analysis that allows anecdotes to serve a larger purpose. (Please note that we do not publish graphic narratives, academic discourses, or works with footnotes.)

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. 


  • We happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts can only be accepted electronically via Submittable.
  • Fiction and nonfiction should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, please).  Most of our published prose is in the range of 2,500-4,000 words, which allows us to publish more authors.
  • You may submit up to three poems as one submission. Each poem should be on a separate page within a single document.  Poems can be of any length, though shorter poems allow us to include more poets in our pages.
  • There is a $5 fee per general submission but it’s waived for current subscribers. (If you are not a current subscriber, you can subscribe when you submit your work and take advantage of free submission.) These fees help BLR fund publication of the journal, but if it’s a hardship for you, please contact us.
  • 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 pays $75 for poetry and $150 for prose. Published authors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, plus an additional 1-year subscription to BLR. There is an author discount for purchasing extra copies.
  • All submissions must be of previously unpublished work.*  BLR acquires First North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies and online. 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 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.)

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If you have any questions, please email us at info@BLReview.org.

Bellevue Literary Review (BLR) is an award-winning, independent literary magazine that features poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that connect writers and readers in the most human of themes: health, healing, illness, and disease.  Please familiarize yourself with the journal by visiting our website and past issues.

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Poetry Editor (volunteer), Bellevue Literary Review

BLR is seeking a Poetry Editor. Candidates must have significant poetry editing experience—either at a journal or in a teaching position. This is not a junior position, as the Poetry Editor will be leading a team of assistant editors.

Please note that this is a volunteer position. BLR offers a modest yearly honorarium, and also helps promote editors’ writings with social media, newsletters, and events.



Responsibilities:

BLR publishes two issues per year. We use Submittable and receive ~2,000 poetry submissions per year.

The Poetry Editor’s job is to:

  • read and assess poetry submissions in a timely fashion on an ongoing basis (a team of reviewers helps make the first cut)
  • work with the poetry team (four Assistant Editors) to choose the final selections
  • work with authors to edit and polish their writing as needed 
  • ensure that the poetry team remains on schedule with the production calendar
  • facilitate open communication with the poetry team and the larger masthead. Organizing a team and engaging collaboratively within a team framework are necessary skills

     

Strong communication skills, rigorous time management and successful adherence to deadlines are a must.



Schedule: 


BLR staff meetings occur 3-4 x per year (mostly online), but we are back to in-person events and gatherings, so we will give strong preference to candidates in the NYC area. Additional poetry editorial meetings are held at the discretion of the poetry team. 


As a volunteer position, scheduling is flexible, but the Poetry Editor would be expected to put in the equivalent of 3-4 hours per week


Editors are welcome to participate in BLR events—online or in-person readings, conversations, and author interviews—as well as our educational, social media, and outreach initiatives, but this is optional.


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BLR recognizes that BIPOC, marginalized, and other underrepresented identities face unique challenges when accessing and engaging with the medical humanities. The poetry team strives to promote and serve writers whose work broadens the field of poetic inquiry. We look forward to speaking with applicants whose literary aesthetic engages with this mission.


 

Application materials: 

  • Cover letter that addresses editing experience
  • CV, including two references (BLR contacts references only if the application advances)
  • Please engage with a poem published within the last five years–either a poem that speaks to your literary aesthetic or one that stretches you–along with your thoughtful analysis. Length: 250-500 words. 
Bellevue Literary Review (BLR) is an award-winning, independent literary magazine that features poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that connect writers and readers in the most human of themes: health, healing, illness, and disease.  Please familiarize yourself with the journal by visiting our website and past issues.

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Nonfiction Editor (volunteer), Bellevue Literary Review

BLR is seeking a Nonfiction Editor. Candidates must have significant nonfiction editing experience—either at a journal or in a teaching position. This is not a junior position, as the Nonfiction Editor will be leading a team of assistant editors.

  Please note that this is a volunteer position. BLR offers a modest yearly honorarium, and also helps promote editors’ writings with social media, newsletters, and events.



Responsibilities:

BLR publishes two issues per year. We use Submittable and receive ~1500 nonfiction submissions per year.

  The Nonfiction Editor’s job is to:

  • read and assess nonfiction submissions in a timely fashion on an ongoing basis (a team of reviewers helps make the first cut)
  • work with the nonfiction team (assistant editors) plus editor-in-chief to choose the final selections
  • work with authors to edit and polish their writing as needed (hands-on editing is divided among the nonfiction team)
  • ensure that the nonfiction team remains on schedule with the production calendar
  • facilitate open communication with the nonfiction team and the larger masthead. Organizing a team and engaging collaboratively within a team framework are necessary skills

     

Strong communication skills, rigorous time management and successful adherence to deadlines are a must.


Schedule:

BLR staff meetings occur 3-4 x per year (mostly online), but we are back to in-person events and gatherings, so we will give strong preference to candidates in the NYC area.

  As a volunteer position, scheduling is flexible, but the Nonfiction Editor would be expected to put in the equivalent of 3-4 hours per week.

  Editors are welcome to participate in BLR events—online or in-person readings, conversations, and author interviews—as well as our educational, social media, and outreach initiatives, but this is optional.
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BLR recognizes that BIPOC, marginalized, and other underrepresented communities face unique challenges when accessing and engaging with the medical humanities. The BLR team strives to engage with writers, readers, and colleagues whose work broadens the field of literary inquiry. 


 

Application materials: 

  • Cover letter that addresses editing experience
  • CV, including two references (BLR contacts references only if the application advances)
  • Writing sample that relates to BLR themes of health, illness and healing. Max 3000 words.*

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