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In Fall 2018, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue, seeking high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explore the idea of displacement. We aim to gather a diverse group of voices that will allow readers to grapple with the upending of the familiar, the shifting of lives, the transference of emotion, the migration from home, and the geographical and emotional sense of belonging elsewhere.
Since the BLR’s larger thematic focus is on the tensions that arise between health and illness, we are uniquely positioned to understand displacement. Illness creates a sense of "un-belonging" in the body, a yearning for relief of suffering, a pining for return to the land of the healthy. Sometimes there is a literal displacement, during hospitalization or surgery, for example. Healing itself is often described as a journey toward home.
Exile was once a form of punishment that people dreaded and feared. There was a time when "homesickness" was a true diagnosis, an illness considered so serious that it could cause death. Now that we are embedded in a global community, displacement may not necessarily be a drastic break from one’s home, but rather a complicated set of emotional attachments and ruptures. Displacement is a feeling that circulates globally, almost universally, precisely because it is no longer the province of the exile or the traveler. We hope this theme issue will be an important entry into the literary canon, drawing from stories that run the gamut from the personal to the political, and from the familiar to the foreign.
Deadline: January 1,
2018 ~ The issue will be published in Fall 2018.
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 We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi,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.
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.)