The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.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.