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Black Warrior Review is Accepting Submissions

Black Warrior Review is accepting unsolicited submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for its Winter/Spring 2020 issue.

Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, Black Warrior Review is the oldest continuously-run literary journal produced by graduate students in the United States.

Contributors include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside emerging writers. Work appearing in BWR has been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize series, Best American Short StoriesBest American Poetry, PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, New Stories from the South, and other anthologies.

Types of Accepted Submissions

Fiction up to 7000 words (under 5000 words preferred)
Nonfiction up to 7000 words (please send a query to the editor for longer works)
Poetry up to five poems, no more than ten pages total


Black Warrior Review pays a one-year subscription and a nominal lump-sum fee for all works published. Rights revert to the author upon publication.


There are two submissions windows each year. The current submissions round opened on Saturday 1 June and will close on Sunday 1 September.

More Information

Visit the Black Warrior Review Website to read the full submission guidelines.

Annual Contest

Alongside its regular submissions window, Black Warrior Review also runs annual contests for nonfiction, fiction, poetry and flash. The judges for the 2019 contest are Tommy Pico, Rivers Solomon, Selah Saterstrom and Vi Khi Nao. The total prize pool is $5300 and all winners will be published.