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Blue Lake Review

Literary Magazine




Our goal is to bring compelling, meaningful, insightful fiction and poetry to you on a regular basis. Something you can ponder and gnaw on. Something to bring light, or at least, growth and understanding to our readers.


  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    2-3 months*
    Editor reported data
    38 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:
    5% *
    Editor reported data
    Chill Subs tracker stats



  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

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

  • Accepts previously published

    From the editors

    We prefer work previously unpublished elsewhere, but will consider work previously published at least a year before your submission to Blue Lake Review.

    What's that?

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

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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

Fiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 100

Max words: 6000

Sub Genres: Literary

If your story is over 3000 words, please limit your submission to one story at a time. If your stories are under 3000 words, feel free to send as many stories as you have totaling up to 3000 words.


Max pieces: 5

We are looking for poetry of all types, on all topics, but are not interested in rhyming poetry.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Please include a short third person bio in the submission manager cover letter, as well as the word count for your piece.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Please avoid the excessive use of italics as overuse diminishes the effect of italicized text; and our submission manager has trouble keeping such text at the appropriate font size!

  • Author's rights

    We retain one time rights for electronic publication of your work after which the rights revert back to you, the author.

  • Additional info

    We publish online only, every other month. We can't accept all submissions given the limited space available in our journal, so we may be required to turn down some good pieces. Do not take it personally. Unfortunately, it's part of the process. And this is not a science; there is a lot of subjectivity in the selection process. Please do not send additional submissions before we have responded to your last submission. If we've declined a submission of yours please wait at least a month before submitting again.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

38 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

7 days

Fastest response time

141 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 3969 days

Сhill Subs is able to provide internal statistics because you use our tracker! You're the best!

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

19 days

12-month average response time

Managed by editors

Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open


No frivolous pieces here. Your time is too valuable. We're serious about our words, and are selective in what we present to you, sifting through the mountains of words to pull out the diamonds. We bring you our best. And if you're a writer, send us your best. We hope you enjoy the great new Blue ...

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    Editor  avatar


    Editor Diana May-Waldman avatar

    Diana May-Waldman

    Poetry Editor

    Editor Mitchell Waldman avatar

    Mitchell Waldman

    Fiction Editor