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Black Warrior Review


Medium: Print


Genres Accepted: fiction,nonfiction,poetry,review

Established: 1974

Circulation: 2,000


A semiannual magazine of fiction, poetry, essays, art, comics, and reviews

Payment: Pays one-year subscription and up to $150 for prose and $75 for poems, depending on funds.


Black Warrior Review (BWR) has been publishing consistently since 1974. They write, “We publish contemporary fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, and art for a literary audience. We publish the freshest work we can find.”

Each issue of BWR also features a chapbook from a nationally known poet.


I’ve stumbled across several tales of triumph regarding BWRówriters who cite BWR as a means of breaking into the literary world. BWR publishes a lot of established writers and award-winners, but they’re also known for publishing emerging writers. The editors strongly recommend reading a copy of the magazine before submitting, but it might be difficult to find, as Calvin does not subscribe, and no sample pieces are available online.

Calvin Connection:

Hekman Availability: Not available

Submission Instructions:

Submit fiction up to 7,500 words. Include only one story per envelope. Novel excerpts generally only considered from novels already completed and contracted for publication. Send Attn: Fiction Editor
Submit up to 7 poems. Send Attn: Poetry Editor.
Submit creative personal and lyric essays (not academic articles). Send Attn: Nonfiction Editor.
Interviews printed occasionally, query recommended.
Send queries only to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Allow 2-4 months response time. Response time slower in summer.
Include self-addressed, stamped envelope for manuscript return.
Do not mix genres in the same envelope.
Simultaneous submissions fine, if noted.

Send submissions to:
Black Warrior Review
P.O. Box 862936
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0027


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