Contest Guidelines


Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Bellevue Literary Review Prizes.

Deadline: EXTENDED through July 15, 2020. 

Dan Chaon (fiction)
Kay Redfield Jamison (nonfiction)
Jen Bervin (poetry)

BLR Prize Guidelines:

  1. The BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.
    First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2021 issue of BLR.
    Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2021 issue of BLR.

  2. Fiction:
    The Bellevue Literary Review seeks character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror).  Our word max is 5,000, though most of our published stories tend to be in the range of 2,000-4,000 words. We have only occasionally published flash fiction.  While we are always interested in creative explorations in style, we do lean toward classic short stories. 

    Creative Nonfiction:
    We are looking for essays that reach beyond the standard ‘illness narrative’ to develop a topic in an engaging and original manner. Incorporate anecdotes that feel alive, and dazzle us with thoughtful and creative analysis that allows these anecdotes to serve a larger purpose. Please, no academic discourses or works with footnotes. Maximum 5,000 words.

    Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document.

    Please note: The Daniel Liebowitz Prize for Student Writing is not an open-call contest. This annual prize recognizes one outstanding work from the Medicine Clerkship at NYU School of Medicine.

  3. Entry fee is $20 per submission. For an additional $10, you will receive a one-year subscription to the BLR. If no entry fee is received, the manuscript will be considered as a general submission.

  4. Do not put your name or other identifying information on the manuscript document.

  5. Work previously published in print or electronically will not be considered. 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.)

  6. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We regret that there can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work.

  7. All entries will also be considered for regular publication.

  8. Students/friends/colleagues/relations of a judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre.

  9. BLR acquires first-time North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies. After publication, all other rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made.


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