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Blue Earth Review

Literary Magazine






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Small format. Dramatic impact.


  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    15–90 days*
    Editor reported data
    74 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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  • 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

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    Two contributor's copies upon acceptance.

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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

Fiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary, Absurdist, Action-Adventure, Children's story, Crime, Experimental, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Gothic, Historical, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Mystery, Noir, Romance, Science Fiction, Speculative, Thriller, Young Adult

Our unique square format fairs best with shorter pieces that reflect our mission of dramatic impact in a small size. We welcome all genres, including literary, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, surrealist, magical realism, and any others, or blend of others. Payment is 2 contributor copies.

Nonfiction - 3000 words max

Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: ,

We are interested in creative nonfiction (memoir and personal essay) with contemporary themes. We love nonfiction that works on more than just a narrative level. Surprise us with metaphor and layers of meaning. No literary criticism. Payment is 2 contributor copies.


Max pieces: 5

We consider poetry in any style. Please limit poetry submissions to no more than five poems or 10 pages at a time. Payment is 2 contributor copies.


Max pieces: 16

We publish full-color reproductions of a wide range of artwork: paintings, photography, woodcuts, ink drawings, sculpture, and more. Our preference is for groupings that display an engaging variety within some overall thematic unity, which highlights originality, the artist’s individuality, mastery of medium, and technical virtuosity. We publish in a small, square, focused format, so we gravitate towards works which transfer well to this size and elicit a strong, immediate reaction. Payment is 2 contributor copies.


See "Art".

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Please send a brief (less than 200 words) cover letter, artist statement, or artist bio along with each submission on Submittable.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    File types accepted: Word (.doc and .docx).

  • Author's rights

    Blue Earth Review assumes First North American Serial Rights. The author retains all other rights. If your work is accepted, you will be paid with 2 contributor’s copies.

  • Additional info

    Each year we run a summer flash fiction, flash creative nonfiction, and poetry contest. See link for details:

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

74 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

32 days

Fastest response time

210 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 939 days, 400 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

63 days

12-month average response time

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Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open

    Dog Daze Summer Contest 2024


    Deadline: Aug 21, 2024

    Flash Fiction, Flash CNF, Poetry

    Our Dog Daze Summer Contest 2024 is now open. Check out our website for more details: https://blueearthre

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Blue Earth Review is Minnesota State University–Mankato’s graduate-run literary magazine. Before being wholly revamped and renamed in 2003, BER was published under such titles as Medicine Jug, The Muse, and Minnesota River Review. Our contributors have included folks such as Steve Almond, Nicelle Da...

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    Grace Kabliska


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    Priyanuj Mazumdar

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