Blue Mesa Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


GENERAL READING PERIOD: October 1 - February 28

ANNUAL WINTER FLASH CONTEST: November 15 - December 15


THEME: Resistance & Persistence

SUBMISSION DATES: November 15 – December 15

WORD COUNT: 250 for fiction and nonfiction, 25 for poetry (up to three poems of no more than 25 words each)

COST: $6 per entry

PRIZE: $100 per genre for first place, $25 for all other published pieces

PUBLICATION: Issue 38.5 (Publication date will be early 2019)

SELECTION PROCESS: All work will be read and selected by the genre editor to whom it’s submitted.

DETAILS: Though participating in our political sphere can be debilitating right now, we remain hopeful our voices matter. We know your voices matter. We’re looking for sharp, specific takes on how the past two years have affected you, what resistance and persistence looks like to you, and what’s on your mind regarding our country’s past, present, and future.

In keeping with our theme, we will be offering 10 contest entries at no cost for those whose voices face the most barriers. If you identify as part of a silenced community, please watch our Twitter account from Nov 15 – Dec 1 for instructions to gain free entry via a random drawing on Dec 1. Please note that we also offer free submissions during our General Reading period from Oct 1 – Feb 28.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION: Submissions are accepted exclusively through Submittable. Entries must be received no later than December 15. Please submit a packet of up to 3 poems or up to 250 words of prose. The same person may submit in multiples genres, as well as submit multiple works per genre. Results will be announced via e-mail and posted on our website in early January.


Blue Mesa Review accepts previously unpublished work in Fiction (up to 6,000 words), Nonfiction (up to 6,000 words), Poetry (up to 3 poems), and Visual Art.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 narrative 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*We only consider unpublished work.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 note identifying the piece that is no longer available.  

*Individuals previously 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 five full years.

*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 “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.

Blue Mesa Review