BLR Prize Guidelines:
Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry ~ Judged by Rachel Hadas
Goldenberg Prize for Fiction ~ Judged by Geraldine Brooks
Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction ~ Judged by Rivka Galchen
Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.
- First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2018 issue of BLR.
Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2018 issue of BLR.
- Fiction and Nonfiction: Max word count is 5,000, but most of
our published work tends to be in the 2,000-4,000 range. (Additional information is below)
Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document.
- Do not put your name on the manuscript document.
- Work previously published in print or electronically will not be considered. 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
- Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you notify
us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We regret that there
can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work.
- All contest entries will also be considered for regular publication.
- Students/friends/colleagues/relations of a judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre.
- 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.
Bellevue Literary Review
seeks character-driven fiction with
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 We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi,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
While we are always interested in creative explorations in style, we do
toward classic short stories.
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.