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Black Warrior Review

Literary Magazine

Fiction

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Nonfiction

Flash Nonfiction

Poetry

Hybrid

Translation

Art

Photography

Comics

Audio

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Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA in Creative Writing, Black Warrior Review is named for the river that borders the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. BWR publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and art twice a year, + an annual online issue.

Highlights

  • Vibe:Weird / outsider / wtf even is it
  • Response time:
    1-6 months*
    Editor reported data
     / 
    87 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:
    1% *
    Editor reported data
     / 
    0.93%*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Work acquired through solicitation: 0%

Pays$20-$200

Find more details in the Genres section

Fee$3

Find more details in the Genres section

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    yes

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 7000 words max

Max words: 7000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary, Experimental, Speculative

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

Fiction - 1500 words max

Max words: 1500

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

Nonfiction - 7000 words max

Max words: 7000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

Nonfiction - 1500 words max

Max words: 1500

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

Poetry

Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

10 pages max

Hybrid

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

Although we usually solicit one featured artist per issue, we do welcome submissions of striking visual narratives (think: graphic novel or memoir in short form). We are looking to publish one or two graphic essays/stories/poems, or pieces of sequential art per issue.

Translation

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

We publish translations alongside their original texts. Authors ought to have secured publication rights for the works they are translating.

Art

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $40-200

One Featured Artist per Issue (in full color) Art submissions taken on rolling basis (in black & white)

Photography

Max pieces: 10

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

Comics

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

Journal dimensions 6" x 9" Comics publish in Black & White

Audio

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

No specific limitations

Video

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

No specific limitations

Game

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

No specific limitations

Wtf is genre, send anything

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $20-100

No specific limitations

How to submit

  • Processs

    Submittable

  • Cover letter

    Please include a short cover letter and bio.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Fiction/Nonfiction: Please submit works no longer than 6,000 words in a single .doc, .docx, or .PDF format. Graphic Prose: We request that you submit in .jpg, .tiff or .pdf format. Poetry: Submit up to 3 poems with a maximum of 10 pages in one document.

  • Author's rights

    All rights reserved. Rights revert to author upon publication.

  • Additional info

    BOYFRIEND VILLAGE : Boyfriend Village is Black Warrior Review’s online edition, released once a year. In March 2018, BWR chose to rename and reconfigure its online issue in honor of Zach Doss, who had passed away unexpectedly. Zach was a dedicated BWR Editor and a brilliant writer of queer, fabulist, surprising works; Boyfriend Village has become a special haven for such writing and much, much more. In honor of Zach’s bold vision and legacy, Boyfriend Village seeks to be a fully accessible space for unusual, boundary-pushing literary content, especially work from the margins, work that makes exciting use of digital platforms, and work that other well-established journals might overlook. We hope that with the increased online presence Boyfriend Village allows, we might provide a larger platform for underrepresented aesthetics and writing communities. Work found in Boyfriend Village resists and challenges notions of “the page” alongside other extraordinary pieces you might expect to find in the print issues of BWR. Every issue of Boyfriend Village has a new Online Editor, who selects a new theme and keeps the village refreshed and moving forward, even as it honors a vital part of BWR history. All Boyfriend Village contributors are paid for their work. BWR pays a one-year subscription and a lump-sum fee for all works published. Currently, we offer royalty payments to regular-submission print contributors between $50 and $220, depending on our budget and the length of the pieces. These numbers are subject to change per issue and differ for contributors to Boyfriend Village (our online edition) and for featured-art contributors.

Tracker statistics

436

Total submissions tracked

87 days

Average response time

0.93%

Average acceptance rate

9 days

Fastest response time

1057 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 4114 days, 3410 days

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12-month average acceptance rate

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About

Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing, Black Warrior Review is named for the river that borders the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The city, the river, and the magazine all derive their names from the 16th-century Indigenous leader Tuskal...

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Founded

1974

Country

US

bwr.ua.edu

Masthead

    Editor Samantha Bolf avatar

    Samantha Bolf

    Editor-in-Chief

    Editor Lydia O'Donnell avatar

    Lydia O'Donnell

    MANAGING EDITOR

    Editor Chinaecherem Obor avatar

    Chinaecherem Obor

    FICTION EDITOR

    Editor Isabelle Joy Stephen avatar

    Isabelle Joy Stephen

    NONFICTION EDITOR

    Editor Erika Walsh avatar

    Erika Walsh

    POETRY EDITOR

    Editor Ernest Ohia avatar

    Ernest Ohia

    ART & DESIGN EDITOR

    Editor Darby Power avatar

    Darby Power

    ONLINE EDITOR (BOYFRIEND VILLAGE)

    Editor Jaric Sarmiento avatar

    Jaric Sarmiento

    ONLINE EDITOR (BOYFRIEND VILLAGE)