Thank you for your interest in submitting to Bellevue Literary Review.  We are currently open to both general and BLR Prize submissions through July 1.

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General Guidelines

Please see contest categories for additional guidelines specific to the prizes.

Fiction: We seek character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror). We have only occasionally published flash fiction. While we are always interested in creative explorations in style, we do lean toward classic short stories.

Nonfiction: We are looking for essays that reach beyond the standard ‘illness narrative’ to develop a topic in an engaging and original manner. Incorporate thoughtful and creative analysis that allows anecdotes to serve a larger purpose. (Please note that we do not publish graphic narratives, academic discourses, or works with footnotes.)

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. 


  • We happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts can only be accepted electronically via Submittable.
  • Fiction and nonfiction should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, please).  Most of our published prose is in the range of 2,500-4,000 words, which allows us to publish more authors.
  • You may submit up to three poems as one submission. Each poem should be on a separate page within a single document.  Poems can be of any length, though shorter poems allow us to include more poets in our pages.
  • There is a $5 fee per general submission but it’s waived for current subscribers. (If you are not a current subscriber, you can subscribe when you submit your work and take advantage of free submission.) These fees help BLR fund publication of the journal, but if it’s a hardship for you, please contact us.
  • 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.
  •  BLR pays $75 for poetry and $150 for prose. Published authors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, plus an additional 1-year subscription to BLR. There is an author discount for purchasing extra copies.
  • All submissions must be of previously unpublished work.*  BLR acquires First North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies and online. After publication, all other rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made.

(*For 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.)

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If you have any questions, please email us at info@BLReview.org

$5.00

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


FICTION GUIDELINES:

We seek character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror). 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 happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts can only be accepted electronically via Submittable. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please reach out to info@blreview.org.
  • 5,000 word maximum (though most of stories are 2,000-4,000 words)
  • There is a $5 fee per general submission, which is waived for current subscribers. (If you are not a current subscriber, you can subscribe when you submit your work and take advantage of free submission.) These fees help BLR fund publication of the journal, but please contact us at info@blreview.org if you are experiencing financial hardship.
  • 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.
  • Authors receive $150 upon publication. Authors will also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, plus an additional one-year subscription to BLR. There is an author discount for purchasing extra copies.
  • All submissions must be of previously unpublished work.*  BLR acquires First North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies and online. After publication, all other rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made.


(*For 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.)

$5.00

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

CREATIVE NONFICTION GUIDELINES:

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 note that we do not publish graphic narratives, academic discourses, or works with footnotes.) 

  • We happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts can only be accepted electronically via Submittable. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please reach out to info@blreview.org. 
  • 5,000 word maximum (though most of stories are 2,000-4,000 words)
  • There is a $5 fee per general submission, which is waived for current subscribers. (If you are not a current subscriber, you can subscribe when you submit your work and take advantage of free submission.) These fees help BLR fund publication of the journal, but please contact us at info@blreview.org if you are experiencing financial hardship.
  • 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.
  • Authors receive $150 upon publication. Authors will also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, plus an additional one-year subscription to BLR. There is an author discount for purchasing extra copies.
  • All submissions must be of previously unpublished work.* BLR acquires First North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies and online. After publication, all other rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made.


(*For 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.)

$5.00

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

POETRY GUIDELINES:

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. 

  • We happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts can only be accepted electronically via Submittable. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please reach out to info@blreview.org. 
  • Please include no more than three poems per submission. Each poem should be on a separate page within a single document.
  • There is a $5 fee per general submission, which is waived for current subscribers. (If you are not a current subscriber, you can subscribe when you submit your work and take advantage of free submission.) These fees help BLR fund publication of the journal, but please contact us at info@blreview.org if you are experiencing financial hardship.
  • 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.
  • Authors receive $150 upon publication. Authors will also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, plus an additional one-year subscription to BLR. There is an author discount for purchasing extra copies.
  • All submissions must be of previously unpublished work.* BLR acquires First North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies and online. After publication, all other rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made.

 

(*For 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.) 

$20.00

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

 

2025 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction
Judged by Wayétu Moore
 

Wayétu Moore is the author of She Would Be King, released by Graywolf Press in September 2018. Her memoir, The Dragons, The Giant, The Women was also released with Graywolf on June 2, 2020. She is the recipient of the 2019 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction and the 2022 William Saroyan Prize for Nonfiction.

She Would Be King was named a best book of 2018 by Publishers Weekly, Booklist & Entertainment Weekly. The novel was a Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club selection, a BEA Buzz Panel Book, a #1 Indie Next Pick and a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award. The Dragons, The Giant, The Women was a 2020 New York Times Notable Book, Time Magazine 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2020, Publishers Weekly Top 5 Nonfiction Books of 2020, was longlisted for the ALA Andrew Carnegie medal for excellence in nonfiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Moore is a graduate of Howard University, University of Southern California and Columbia University.


 

GUIDELINES:   
 

  • Deadline: July 1, 2024
  • First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2025 issue of BLR.  
      Honorable mention winners will receive $300 and publication in the Spring 2025 issue of BLR.
  • Fiction: 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 or other identifying information 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 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 on our website.

  We're happy to offer a 50% subscription discount to all authors who participate in the contest. (If you live outside the US, you must select the International option. Otherwise, we'll be unable to ship the journal to you. Thanks!)

 

$20.00

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

2025 Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction
Judged by Esmé Weijun Wang 


Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias, a New York Times bestseller; its publication is the result of having won the 2016 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. Her debut novel, The Border of Paradise, has received accolades from LitHub, NPR Books, and the Chicago Review of Books. Wang was selected by Granta for their once-a-decade Best Young American Novelists list of 21 authors under 40. In 2018 she received the prestigious Whiting Award for Nonfiction. She write essays that have been published in the Believer, Catapult, Hazlitt, and Salon. Her short story, “What Terrible Thing It Was,” was featured in the Best American Short Stories 2018 anthology. Wang is also the founder of The Unexpected Shape™ Writing Academy, a full-service online writing school for people with limitations who want to write memoir and/or personal nonfiction.



GUIDELINES:
 

  • Deadline: July 1, 2024
  • First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2025 issue of BLR.  
    Honorable mention winners will receive $300 and publication in the Spring 2025 issue of BLR.
  • 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 note that we do not publish graphic narratives, academic discourses, or works with footnotes. (5,000 words maximum)
  • Do not put your name or other identifying information 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 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.  Sample writing is available on our website.

We're happy to offer a 50% subscription discount to all authors who participate in the contest. (If you live outside the US, you must select the International option. Otherwise, we'll be unable to ship the journal to you. Thanks!)

$20.00

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


2025 John & Eileen Allman Prize for Poetry

Judged by Leila Mottley

Leila Mottley is the author of the novel Nightcrawling, an Oprah’s Book Club pick and New York Times bestseller. She was also the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. She was born and raised in Oakland, where she continues to live. Her debut poetry collection woke up no light will be published on April 16, 2024.
 

GUIDELINES

  • Deadline: July 1, 2024
  • First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2025 issue of BLR.  Honorable mention winners will receive $300 and publication in the Spring 2025 issue of BLR.
  • 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.  You may submit up to three poems per submission (include all three in one file).
  • Do not put your name or other identifying information 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 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.  Sample writing is available on our website.

We're happy to offer a 50% subscription discount to all authors who participate in the contest. (If you live outside the US, you must select the International option. Otherwise, we'll be unable to ship the journal to you. Thanks!)

Subscribing to the journal is a tangible—and very much appreciated—way of supporting the BLR.  The $25 fee is our regular one-year subscription price, so the submission is free with your subscription order.  (If you live outside the United States, you must select the option that includes international shipping in order to receive print copies. Otherwise we will process your order as a digital subscription. Thank you for understanding.)
 

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: Only general submissions can be made through this category. Contest entries must be submitted under the appropriate contest category when the BLR Prizes are open for submission.



Fiction:
Bellevue Literary Review seeks character-driven fiction with  original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi,  horror) and 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 note that we do not publish graphic narratives, academic discourses, or works with footnotes.


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.
 

We encourage you to read BLR before you submit. Please check out our online archive.

 

GUIDELINES


  • We happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts can only be accepted electronically via Submittable.
  • Fiction/nonfiction word max is 5,000 words, though most of our published prose is in the range of 2,000-4,000 words.
  • Include no more than three poems per submission. Each poem should be on a separate page within a single document.
  • There is a $5 fee per general submission but it’s waived for current subscribers. (If you are not a current subscriber, you can subscribe when you submit your work and take advantage of free submission.) These fees help BLR fund publication of the journal, please contact us at info@blreview.org if you're experiencing financial hardship.
  • 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.
  • Authors receive $75 for poetry and $150 for prose upon publication. Authors also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, plus an additional 1-year subscription to BLR. There is an author discount for purchasing extra copies.
  • All submissions must be of previously unpublished work.* BLR acquires First North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies and online. After publication, all other rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made.
     

(*For 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.)

 

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NOTE: New subscriptions will begin with Issue 42, out this Spring!  


(If you live outside the United States, you must select the option that includes international shipping. Otherwise we can't mail it to you. Thank you for understanding.)




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.

This portal is for subscribers only. Manuscripts accidentally uploaded here by non-subscribers will not be reviewed.

  • 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.  
  • We are happy to consider fee waivers in order to make submitting accessible to writers.  Please reach out to info@blreview.org to inquire about a fee waiver (or reduced-fee contest entry when the BLR Prizes are open).


Please do not have more than two active submissions at a time. Please note that only general or theme issue submissions can be made through this category. Contest entries (when open) must be submitted under the appropriate contest category.

GUIDELINES

Fiction:
Bellevue Literary Review seeks character-driven fiction with  original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror). 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. (5,000 words max.)


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 note that we do not publish graphic narratives, academic discourses, or works with footnotes. (5,000 words max.)


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 happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts can only be accepted electronically via Submittable.
  • 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.
  •  Authors receive $75 for poetry and $150 for prose upon publication. Authors also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, plus an additional 1-year subscription to BLR. There is an author discount for purchasing extra copies.
  • All submissions must be of previously unpublished work.* BLR acquires First North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies and online. After publication, all other rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made.
     

(*For 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.)

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To explore our full collection of BLR issues, please visit our website.  (You can also purchase digital issues there (for Kindle and others), as well as subscriptions, and discount cases of issues for your class or reading group.


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