We will be accepting general submissions starting July 1st.

Expedited Submissions will begin on August 15th.

Blue Mesa Review accepts previously unpublished work in Fiction (up to 6,000 words), Nonfiction (up to 6,000 words), Poetry (up to 3 poems), and Visual Art.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*We only consider unpublished work.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 at least one year.

*Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, response time can be longer than our standard six months. Please be patient. If you have not heard from us in six months, you can email us at “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.  

Please submit only once per reading period. 

Chosen contributors will receive a $25 payment.

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.

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. 

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


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