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Q: What is the Bellevue Literary Review?

A: Bellevue Literary Review is a unique literary magazine that examines human existence through the prism of health and healing, illness and disease. Each issue is filled with high quality, easily accessible poetry, short stories, and essays that appeal to a wide audience of readers. Because of the universal themes, many readers feel a personal connection to the BLR and find reflections of their own lives and experiences. The BLR is published twice a year by the Department of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine.

Q: What is your contact information?

A:      Bellevue Literary Review                                212-263-3973
NYU School of Medicine                                          info@BLReview.org 
Department of Medicine
550 First Avenue, OBV-A612
New York, NY 10016

Q: How many issues of the BLR are published per year?

A: The BLR is published twice a year, in the Spring and Fall.


Q: How do I submit to the BLR?

A: We accept submissions online through Submittable.  Please review our guidelines before submitting. 

Q: Do you accept unsolicited submissions? If so, what types of manuscripts are you looking for?

A: Yes. We seek high-caliber, unpublished poetry and prose, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.

Q: What is the Bellevue Literary Review’s reading period?

A: We are closed to submissions in July and August, but accept new submissions throughout the rest of the year. We strive to provide several readers for each manuscript in order to offer maximum exposure, but this takes time. We respectfully ask for your patience and forbearance in this matter. We will consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. If you have not heard from us within six months, feel free to inquire about your manuscript.

Q: Do you run any contests?

A. Yes. The annual BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. All winning and honorable mention selections will be published in the Spring issue of the Bellevue Literary Review. There is a $1000 prize in each genre. The contests are open from March 1 to July 1 each year.

Q: If I submit a piece to the contest, should I send it again for regular consideration?

A: No. There's no need to submit a manuscript twice. All contest entries are also considered for regular publication.

Q: Do I need to include a cover letter?

A: No, a cover letter is optional.

Q: How much can I submit at one time?

A: Prose should be limited to 5,000 words. Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document.

Q: What is BLR’s preferred formatting for submissions?

A: There are no strict formatting rules. For prose, please double-space the text.

Q: Did you get my submission?

A: When the manuscript is successfully submitted, it will appear immediately in your author account and you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Q: Do you accept previously published work? What is your definition of previously published? Do web publications count?

A: We do not accept previously published work. For the BLR, “published work” means published in print in North America, or published on the Internet in electronic journals, e-zines, academic websites, and other “public” or “official” websites. Works posted on personal blogs or websites will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We ask that authors be honest about web postings. (If a work is discovered to have been posted or published elsewhere—and not openly acknowledged by the author in advance—we will remove it from consideration.)

Q: Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

A: We accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

Q: Do you accept novel excerpts?

A: Novel excerpts are welcome as long as they work as stand-alone stories and they have not been published.

Q: Do you accept translated stories? 

A: Although we favor stories that have never enjoyed any print publication, we do accept translated stories that have not previously appeared in English.

Q: Do you accept stories from writers outside the U.S.?

A: Absolutely. We are pleased to receive stories from all over the world.

Q: Do you accept book reviews and interviews?

A: We do not accept interviews or unsolicited book reviews.

Q: Is it OK to submit the same piece again?

A: Yes, if you have made improvements/revisions that make your piece stronger.

Q: If I submit to BLR, how soon can I expect a response?

A: We try to send all submissions to two independent reviewers and an editor, which means the review time can be several months. If you have not heard from us in six months, please feel free to check on your submission by email (info@BLReview.org) or phone (212-263-3973). We appreciate your patience during review.

Q: What rights does BLR acquire when accepting a manuscript?

A: BLR acquires first-time North American rights. After publication, rights revert to the author and may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made.

Q: How do I request permission to reprint?

A: Since rights revert to the author after publication, you will not need permission to reprint your work after it has appeared in BLR. However, we ask that appropriate acknowledgement is given to the BLR.

Q: How do I find out in advance what themes you have scheduled for upcoming issues?

A: We will announce our upcoming themes on our website. You can also call or email to inquire about upcoming themes.

Q: I've received a rejection notice with some nice written comments. Does everyone get these?

A: No, due to a large volume of submissions, we are unable to reply personally to each manuscript. Whenever possible, we will include constructive feedback with our response.

Q: What if I need to withdraw a submission?

A: If you need to withdraw a submission, please e-mail us at info@BLReview.org. Unfortunately, it is not possible to withdraw your manuscript through the author site.


Q: How do I subscribe?

A: You can subscribe online at www.BLReview.org/orders/subscribe or by phone at 212-263-3973.  You may also mail your order to:
Bellevue Literary Review
NYU Langone Medical Center
Department of Medicine
550 First Avenue, OBV-A612
New York, NY 10016

Q: How do I notify BLR that my address has changed?

A: Let us know by email at info@BLReview.org or write to us at the address above.

Q: One of my issues was never delivered or arrived damaged. What should I do?

A: Please let us know of any subscription problems by calling us at 212-263-3973 or emailing info@BLReview.org

Q: How do I give a gift subscription?

A: You can order a gift subscription online, by phone, or by regular mail. We’d be happy to include a personal note for your gift as well.

Q: How do I renew my subscription?

A: You can renew your subscription by contacting us online, by phone, or by filling out a renewal notice.