Ends on July 1, 2019

$20.00 USD

The annual BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. 

Goldenberg Prize for Fiction ~ Judged by Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington is the author of Lot, and he lives in Houston. He has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere.


  • Deadline: July 1, 2019

  • First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of BLR.  
    Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of BLR.

  • 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 We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi,  horror).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.  

  • Do not put your name on the manuscript document (or in the filename). Manuscripts are read blindly by reviewers, editors, and judges.

  • 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  consideration.

  • 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  We regret that there  can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work.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.

We encourage you to read BLR before you submit.  Samples from each issue are available in our online archive.