Black Warrior Review reads general fiction and poetry submissions from December 1 – March 1 and June 1 – September 1. Nonfiction general submissions are always open. Submissions are accepted through Submittable at bwr.submittable.com/submit. There is a $3 submission fee for our general categories. We use these fees to pay contributors.
If Submittable is not accessible to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions. Unfortunately, we no longer accept physical submissions, with the exception of those from incarcerated writers, who may send their work for no fee to the address at the bottom of this page.
Black and Indigenous submitters may email their submissions, for no fee, to the editor corresponding to the submission’s genre: Fiction Editor (email@example.com), Poetry Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Nonfiction Editor (email@example.com). Please include a brief cover letter and bio. We do not limit our definition of Indigenous to those from the U.S./Turtle Island. Otherwise, email and mailed submissions will not be considered. BWR pays a one-year subscription and a lump-sum fee for all works published. Rights revert to author upon publication; please credit Black Warrior Review with first publication if the work is republished elsewhere. We encourage you to read Black Warrior Review before submitting. Sample issues are available for $12; one-year subscriptions for $25.
Black Warrior Review is a paying market. Currently, we offer royalty payments to regular-submission print contributors between $100 and $220, depending on the length of pieces. These numbers are subject to change per issue and differ for contributors to Boyfriend Village (our online edition) and for chapbook and featured-art contributors.