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


We are currently open to:

  • general submissions 
  • submissions for a theme issue on "Reading the Body"   

In Fall 2020, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish an issue on the theme of "Reading the Body." 

We are seeking writing that explores various ideas of "the body"—through metaphor and language ("heartsick," "lily-livered"); as first responders (to illness, stress, culture, religion, freedom); and as agents of change. When we change emotionally or spiritually, our bodies alter; when our bodies alter, our attitudes and spirit do too. Our bodies tell us our truths, reveal our truths, and sometimes blindside us with truths we may not have known. They sing an eloquent, often unconscious song. 

The "Reading the Body" issue will add to our canon of theme issues, touching on topics—like the impact of trauma and possibility of healing—that are very much in the current conversation.

Deadline to submit to this special issue: January 1, 2020


BLR Prizes:

  • The results of the annual BLR Prizes will be announced this fall.  
  • The next contest cycle will open on March 1, 2020.


You can also order issues and subscriptions below. (Our new issue -- on the theme of "A Good Life" -- is now available.  Order it below.)


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The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.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 We do  not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).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


  • 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. 


  • The BLR is closed to submissions in July and August.

 
(*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.


 In Fall 2020, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish an issue on the theme of "Reading the Body." 

We are seeking writing that explores various ideas of "the body"—through metaphor and language ("heartsick," "lily-livered"); as first responders (to illness, stress, culture, religion, freedom); and as agents of change. When we change emotionally or spiritually, our bodies alter; when our bodies alter, our attitudes and spirit do too. Our bodies tell us our truths, reveal our truths, and sometimes blindside us with truths we may not have known. They sing an eloquent, often unconscious song. 

 The "Reading the Body" issue will add to our canon of theme issues, touching on topics—like the impact of trauma and possibility of healing—that are very much in the current conversation.

Deadline: January 1, 2020 ~ The issue will be published in Fall 2020.



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 2020, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish an issue on the theme of "Reading the Body." 

We are seeking writing that explores various ideas of "the body"—through metaphor and language ("heartsick," "lily-livered"); as first responders (to illness, stress, culture, religion, freedom); and as agents of change. When we change emotionally or spiritually, our bodies alter; when our bodies alter, our attitudes and spirit do too. Our bodies tell us our truths, reveal our truths, and sometimes blindside us with truths we may not have known. They sing an eloquent, often unconscious song. 

 The "Reading the Body" issue will add to our canon of theme issues, touching on topics—like the impact of trauma and possibility of healing—that are very much in the current conversation. 

 

 Deadline: January 1, 2020 ~ The issue will be published in Fall 2020.




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 2020, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish an issue on the theme of "Reading the Body." 

We are seeking writing that explores various ideas of "the body"—through metaphor and language ("heartsick," "lily-livered"); as first responders (to illness, stress, culture, religion, freedom); and as agents of change. When we change emotionally or spiritually, our bodies alter; when our bodies alter, our attitudes and spirit do too. Our bodies tell us our truths, reveal our truths, and sometimes blindside us with truths we may not have known. They sing an eloquent, often unconscious song. 

The "Reading the Body" issue will add to our canon of theme issues, touching on topics—like the impact of trauma and possibility of healing—that are very much in the current conversation. 

 

Deadline: January 1, 2020 ~ The issue will be published in Fall 2020.



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.  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. 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 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.

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.  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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Order a copy of our latest theme issue, "A Good Life." 


FICTION:

Ian Baaske, Chris Bentley, Steve Danziger, Suzanne Dottino, Andrea Eberly, Tim Griffith, Jeff Hoffmann, Fred Melton, Kristen Swan Morrison, Frances Park, Rachel Rose, Jennifer Solheim


NONFICTION:  Wendy Breuer, Jane Mushabac, Anastasia Selby, Sunny Teich, Trish Travieso


POETRY: Beth Aviv, Abba Belgrave, Lauren Claus, Patty Crane, Deborah Golub, Saba Husain, Andrea Jurjević, Diane LeBlanc, Jayne Marek, Claudia Monpere, Michael Montlack, Matthew Rohrer, Sofia M. Starnes, Ethan Stebbins, Michael Tyrell, Betsy Unger, Hilma Wolitzer


COVER ART by Will Cotton


Now Available!


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


 Or consider a one-year subscription to BLR for only $20

Fiction

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"

Nonfiction

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"

Poetry

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.











 



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