GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Blue Mesa Review accepts previously unpublished work in Fiction (up to 6,000 words), Nonfiction (up to 6,000 words), Poetry (up to 3 poems), and Visual Art. We have a rotating editorial board, so each issue is fresh and unique. In general, we are seeking strong voices and lively, compelling narratives with a fine eye for craft. We look forward to reading your best work!


*We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit anything that has been published on your blog, through your Facebook page, in other magazines including those online, or in an anthology or chapbook.

*We only accept submissions online through Submittable. We do not accept submissions via email or postal mail. Any submissions received by means other than Submittable will be returned to the submitter unread or recycled if a stamped, self-addressed envelope was not provided.

*We gladly accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere and withdraw your submission through the Submittable system. If a poem in a group of up to 3 poems is accepted, simply add a message identifying the piece that is no longer available.  

*Individuals currently affiliated with the University of New Mexico (students, staff, and/or faculty), should not submit to Blue Mesa Review until they have been unaffiliated for a full year.

*Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, response time can be longer than our standard two-six months. Please be patient. If you have not heard from us in six months, you can email us at bmreditr@unm.edu. “Submission Query” should be the subject line. 

*Submissions should be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or as a PDF (.pdf). Prose submissions should be double-spaced. Poetry can be single-spaced. Please use a standard typeface and font size (12 pt). Pages should be numbered and a brief cover letter should be provided.  

Rights: We ask for first North American serial rights and non-exclusive electronic rights for our website. Blue Mesa Review does not consider work that has been previously published in print or online. Rights revert to the author upon publication. Each piece is published in our online issue.

See website for complete details.

Summer Contest Submission Period
July 1 – September 30

*** Now extended through October 15th!!

Award
Publication, $500 prize for the first place winner in each genre.

Publication, $100 prize for the second place winner in each genre.

Publication, $25 prize for the third place runner up in each genre.

Eligibility
This competition is open to original English language works in the genres of Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. The submission must be an unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please note that reading fees are non-refundable, and you must withdraw the submission immediately via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere.

Reading Fee
$12 and $6 for BIPOC writers

What We’re Looking For
Startling, compelling, and beautiful original work. We’re looking for fresh prose and powerful poetry.

Guidelines for Electronic Submissions
Submissions are accepted exclusively through our online submissions manager, Submittable. Entries must be received no later than October 15. Please submit a packet of up to 3 poems or up to 6,000 words of prose. You may submit in multiple genres, as well as submit multiple works per genre. Results will be announced via e-mail and posted on our website in early December.

Submit up to four pieces of visual art for inclusion in Blue Mesa Review. Please view the artwork published in our current issue before submitting. Selected artists will receive a $25 contributor payment. 

NOTE: International submissions are accepted and are eligible for publication, but we are not able to process contributor payments outside the United States.   Thanks!

Ben Loory will judge Blue Mesa Review's 2022 fiction contest. First place will be awarded $500 and publication in our Winter 2022 issue. Second place will be awarded $100 and publication. Third place winners will receive our standard honorarium of $25 and publication.

Please send a story of no more than 6,000 words. Submission fee is $12. Those currently affiliated with the University of New Mexico are ineligible to submit (student/staff/faculty).  

In order to encourage more submissions by underrepresented writers, we are lowering our submission fee for Black, Indigenous, and other writers of color!

Ben Loory will judge Blue Mesa Review's 2022 fiction contest. First place will be awarded $500 and publication in our Winter 2022 issue. Second place will be awarded $100 and publication. Third place winners will receive our standard honorarium of $25 and publication.

Please send a story of no more than 6,000 words. Submission fee is $6. Those currently affiliated with the University of New Mexico are ineligible to submit (student/staff/faculty).   

**Thanks to the generosity of Happy Accidents Bar, a local bar in Albuquerque, the first fifty (50) writers of color who submit during the extended dates of our summer contest can get a reimbursement of the submission fee through Venmo. Just send Happy Accidents Bar (@happyaccidentsbar) a DM on Instagram with proof of your submission, and if you’re an ABQ local don’t forget to check them out! **

James Crews will judge Blue Mesa Review's 2022 poetry contest. First place will be awarded $500 and publication in our Winter 2022 issue. Second place will be awarded $100 and publication. Third place winners will receive our standard honorarium of $25 and publication.

Please send a packet of up to 3 poems. Submission fee is $12. Those currently affiliated with the University of New Mexico are ineligible to submit (student/staff/faculty).

In order to encourage more submissions by underrepresented writers, we are lowering our submission fee for Black, Indigenous, and other writers of color!

James Crews will judge Blue Mesa Review's 2022 poetry contest. First place will be awarded $500 and publication in our Winter 2022 issue. Second place will be awarded $100 and publication. Third place winners will receive our standard honorarium of $25 and publication.

Please send a packet of up to 3 poems. Submission fee is $6. Those currently affiliated with the University of New Mexico are ineligible to submit (student/staff/faculty).     

**Thanks to the generosity of Happy Accidents Bar, a local bar in Albuquerque, the first fifty (50) writers of color who submit during the extended dates of our summer contest can get a reimbursement of the submission fee through Venmo. Just send Happy Accidents Bar (@happyaccidentsbar) a DM on Instagram with proof of your submission, and if you’re an ABQ local don’t forget to check them out! **

Debra Monroe will judge Blue Mesa Review's 2022 nonfiction contest. First place will be awarded $500 and publication in our Winter 2022 issue. Second place will be awarded $100 and publication. Third place winners will receive our standard honorarium of $25 and publication.

Please send an essay or memoir of no more than 6,000 words. Submission fee is $12. Those currently affiliated with the University of New Mexico are ineligible to submit (student/staff/faculty).    

In order to encourage more submissions by underrepresented writers, we are lowering our submission fee for Black, Indigenous, and other writers of color!

Debra Monroe will judge Blue Mesa Review's 2022 nonfiction contest. First place will be awarded $500 and publication in our Winter 2022 issue. Second place will be awarded $100 and publication. Third place winners will receive our standard honorarium of $25 and publication.

Please send an essay or memoir of no more than 6,000 words. Submission fee is $6. Those currently affiliated with the University of New Mexico are ineligible to submit (student/staff/faculty).

 **Thanks to the generosity of Happy Accidents Bar, a local bar in Albuquerque, the first fifty (50) writers of color who submit during the extended dates of our summer contest can get a reimbursement of the submission fee through Venmo. Just send Happy Accidents Bar (@happyaccidentsbar) a DM on Instagram with proof of your submission, and if you’re an ABQ local don’t forget to check them out! **

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