Black Warrior Review Twelfth Annual Contest 2016

Publish Date: Aug 05, 2016

Deadline: Sep 01, 2016


Black Warrior Review is named for the river that borders the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing, BWR is the oldest continuously-run literary journal produced by graduate students in the United States.

BWR publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and art twice a year. Contributors include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside emerging writers. Work appearing in BWR has been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize series, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South, and other anthologies.


  • Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 7,000 words, or a packet of up to three poems.
  • Do not include your contact information in your document. We will use your Submittable information to contact you, so please make sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.
  • Winners in each genre receive $1000 and publication in BWR 43.2, our Spring/Summer 2017 issue. One runner-up in each genre receives $100 and acknowledgment in that issue. We may consider any submission for general publication.
  • The contest is open April 1 – September 1. Winners will be announced in October.


  • Students, faculty, staff, and administrators currently affiliated with the University of Alabama are ineligible for consideration or publication.
  • Intimate friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of the judges are ineligible to submit in that category.
  • Previous winners should wait three years after their winning entry is published before entering again.
  • Black Warrior Review adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.


  • Fiction Judge: Sofia Samatar
  • Nonfiction Judge: T Clutch Fleischmann
  • Poetry Judge: Hoa Nguyen


  • Submit your work through online submission. We do not accept mailed or emailed submissions.
  • Upload your submission as a .docx or .pdf.
  • There is a $20 entry fee for each submission ($30 for international submissions). All entrants receive a one-year subscription to BWR as a thank-you for your interest and support.

To apply online, please click on the "Further official information" below.

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