Notably “severely delayed,” the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of Black Warrior Review begins with a farewell from the 2021 editorial team, looking back over the past year: “Despite all the hardship, it’s because of you all that we were able to keep going and be reminded of the importance of literature and storytelling.” The issue features works by Neon Mashurov, KT Herr, Jim Whiteside, Sarah Lao, Emily Holland, Timi Sanni, Jo Hahn-Socolofsky, Bernardo Wade, Georgie Fehringer, Megan Kakimoto, Ellie Black, Ariana Benson, Sanam Sheriff, Olivia Muenz, Jacqui Zeng, Yasmine Ameli, Theresa Sylvester, Kien Lam, Justin Wymer, Lyn Gao Cox, and many more. Included is also a chapbook by JinJin Xu and a section on Queer Ekphrasis with an introduction by Guest Editors Anaïs Duplan and Nikki Gamboa.
Choose your boyfriend in the “Secret Boyfriend” edition of Boyfriend Village. Work by JinJin Xu, Charles Theonia, Jai Hamid Bashir, Rone Shavers, Landa wo, and more. Plus “20 Atomic Sonnets,” a chapbook by Rosebud Ben-Oni and work by featured artist Nicole Won Hee Maloof. Find even more contributors at the Black Warrior Review website.
Black Warrior Review is a biannual print literary magazine that has been publishing exciting established and emerging literary talents since 1974. The journal is published by the students in The University of Alabama’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.
In an effort to do their part and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, they have gathered donations to launch an effort to provide free contest submissions for up to 400 Black writers to their annual writing contest. This will not be a one-off initiative, but a sustained effort they will continue into the future. In their July 28 announcement, the BWR staff stated “This is part of a much larger effort/wish of the BWR staff to do away with contest fees, but an undertaking such as this has to start somewhere, and in this pivotal moment this is our focus.”
They recognize this effort alone is not enough and are doing their best to continue to prioritize ways in which they can make their journal a more equitable place where all Writers of Color can feel welcomed and supported.
The 2020 contest judges are Paul Tran, Lucy Corin, Mayukh Sen, and C Pam Zhang. Categories are Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Flash. The winners of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry will receive $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2021 issue. The Flash winner will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2021 issue. Deadline to submit is September 1.
Deadline: September 1, 2020
Don’t forget biannual print journal Black Warrior Review is open to 2020 contest submissions until September 1. Winners will receive publication and cash prizes ($500 for flash and $1,000 for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction). Judges are Mayukh Sen (nonfiction), Paul Tran (poetry), C Pam Zhang (flash), and Lucy Corin (fiction). Submission fee is reduced to $15 for fiction/nonfiction/poetry. $6 fee for flash. Complete information available at bwr.ua.edu.
Deadline: September 1, 2020
Biannual print journal Black Warrior Review seeks 2020 contest submissions. Winners will receive publication and cash prizes ($500 for flash and $1,000 for poetry, fiction, and CNF). Judges: Mayukh Sen (nonfiction), Paul Tran (poetry), C Pam Zhang (flash), and Lucy Corin (fiction). Open until 9/1. They have reduced their submission fee to $15 fiction/nonfiction/poetry. $6 flash. Complete information available at bwr.ua.edu.
Black Warrior Review has decided to lower the rates to enter work into their annual writing contests. The submission fee to enter fiction, nonfiction, and poetry is now $15 while the fee to enter flash is now $6. Winners will receive publication and cash prizes ($500 for flash and $1,000 for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction). This year’s judges are Mayukh Sen, Paul Tran, C Pam Zhang, and Lucy Corin. Open until September 1. Complete information available at bwr.ua.edu.
There is no shortage of creativity in the Spring 2020 issue of Black Warrior Review. Paging through the issue, readers eyes are drawn to the variety of forms and use of images within the pages.
Amy Lee Scott’s “Field Guide to a Common Pregnancy: Notes on Loss and Growth” include field drawings by the author. Each section is introduced to a drawing of a different plant or fruit.
In “the magpie poem,” Jasmine Khaliq’s words come in small spurts across the poem’s seven pages.
“Composite Material // Spirit Willin” by Cherise Morris includes images—snapshots, Instagram posts, slideshow images from news articles, a photo of a framed photo. It’s so visually compelling, it’s difficult to skip by it.
This issue’s featured chapbook—Translator of Soliloquies: Fugues in the Key of Dissociation by Seo-Young Chu is also creatively formatted, each section broken up by a heading, a nice treat at the end of the issue.
If you want to take in some writing that’s out of the box alongside traditional forms, this refreshing issue of Black Warrior Review is a good place to start.
Deadline: September 1, 2020
Biannual print journal Black Warrior Review seeks 2020 contest submissions. Winners will receive publication and cash prizes ($500 for flash and $1,000 for poetry, fiction, and CNF). Judges: Mayukh Sen (nonfiction), Paul Tran (poetry), C Pam Zhang (flash), and Lucy Corin (fiction). Open until 9/1. Submission fee: $20. Complete information available at bwr.ua.edu.
The Spring 2020 issue of Black Warrior Review is out. In this issue: Aliza Ali Khan, Sébastien Bernard, Agata Izabela Brewer, Naomi Day, Meg E. Griffitts, Katherine Indermaur, Sara Kachelman, Jasmine Khaliq, Jessica Lanay, M.L. Martin, Cherise Morris, Mónica Ramón Ríos (translated by Robin Myers), Monica Rico, Angie Sijun Lou, Molli Spalter, Qianqian Ye, and more. Chapbook by Seo-Young Chu. Cover art by Dominic Chambers.