Guidelines Safety and Inclusion To keep Blue River safe and inclusive, please adhere to the following guidelines: No racism, sexism, ableism, antisemitism, transphobia, fatphobia, or any other iteration of prejudice. No white guilt pieces. If you attempt to harass our editors - or anyone else in the literary community - your email address will be swiftly blocked. If we unintentionally publish an abuser, please inform us immediately. Their work will be removed from our publication and a public apology will be made. While we accept work from all, we especially seek work from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and otherwise marginalized artists. If your work includes graphic or distressing themes (self-harm, suicide, death, sexual assault, etc.), please include a content warning in your submission email to ensure that the Blue River team can give your work the headspace it deserves.
General guidelines Submissions, if accepted, must not be published anywhere else (including self-publishing, blogs, and online publishing) before being published in Blue River. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please respond to your initial submission to withdraw your work if it is accepted elsewhere. In the subject of the email, include your full name and the title of your submission. Example: Prose: [NAME, Title of Story] Poetry: [NAME, Title of First Poem] In the body of the email, include a cover letter with your name, pronouns, and social media handles (we love Twitter!) as well as a short 3rd-person bio (200 words max). Include your submission as a .pdf or .doc(x) attachment (NOT in the body of your email) saved with the title of your submission. Response times vary from genre to genre and throughout the submission period. If you are concerned about the status of your submission, feel free to reach out by responding to your initial submission email.
Compensation Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer compensation.
Submission Window We typically accept submissions on a rolling basis year-round, but will periodically close when we need to take a breather. This will be announced on our Twitter and this page of our website.
Submissions By Genre Fiction Fiction submissions must be double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font no more than 2000 words. Email submissions to: email@example.com Poetry Poetry submissions may include up to 3 poems written in 12pt Times New Roman font. Your submission must be included as ONE .pdf or .doc(x) attachment. Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org Photography/Art If you're interested in having your work considered for an issue's featured artist or our cover art, please send a small sampling of your work to email@example.com