ANNUAL SUMMER CONTEST: June 1 - August 31

GENERAL READING PERIOD: October 1 - February 28

ANNUAL WINTER FLASH CONTEST: November 15 - December 15

Summer Contest Submission Period
June 1 – August 31

Award
Publication, $500 cash prize for the first place winner 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 The submission must be an unpublished work.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

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 August 31. Please submit a packet of up to 3 poems or up to 6,000 words of prose. You may submit in both genres, as well as submit multiple works per genre. Results will be announced via e-mail and posted on our website in early November.


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Blue Mesa Review accepts previously unpublished work in Fiction (up to 6,000 words), Nonfiction (up to 6,000 words), Poetry (up to 3 poems), and Visual Art.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*We only consider unpublished work.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

Lesley Nneka Arimah will judge Blue Mesa Review's 2019 fiction contest. First place will be awarded $500 and publication in our Winter 2019 issue. Second place will be also be awarded publication and our standard honorarium. 

Please send a story of no more than 6,000 words between June 1st and August 31st. Submission fee is $12. Those affiliated with the University of New Mexico are ineligible to submit unless they are five years past their graduation date/last date of employment.  
 

Francisco Cantu will judge Blue Mesa Review's 2019 nonfiction contest. First place will be awarded $500 and publication in our Winter 2019 issue. Second place will be also be awarded publication and our standard honorarium. 

Please send an essay of no more than 6,000 words between June 1st and August 31st. Submission fee is $12. Those affiliated with the University of New Mexico are ineligible to submit unless they are five years past their graduation date/last date of employment.  
 

Jake Skeets will judge Blue Mesa Review's 2019 poetry contest. First place will be awarded $500 and publication in our Winter 2019 issue. Second place will be also be awarded publication and our standard honorarium. 

Please send a packet of 3 poems between June 1st and August 31st. Submission fee is $12. Those affiliated with the University of New Mexico are ineligible to submit unless they are five years past their graduation date/last date of employment.  
 

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!

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