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Submissions for Blackbird 2.0 are now open until November 15th, 2023 under the direction of new editors Kathleen Graber and Jessica Hendry Nelson.

Unsolicited emailed submissions will not be read.

Kathleen Graber is the author of The River Twice (Princeton University Press, 2019), The Eternal City (2010), chosen for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and a finalist for the National Book Award, and Correspondence (2006), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. She teaches creative writing and literature at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jessica Hendry Nelson is the author of the memoir If Only You People Could Follow Directions (2014), finalist for the Vermont Book Award. She is also coauthor of the textbook and anthology Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writers’ Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2021). She is assistant professor in the MFA program and English Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and on faculty in the MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha.


Please read the following guidelines before you submit.

General Guidelines

Poetry: Send up to six poems at a time, but no less than two poems. Set your poem as you want it to appear on the printed page. Submit all poems as a single document.

Fiction: Double-space, please. We primarily look for short stories, but novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained.

Nonfiction: Double-space, please. We primarily look for personal essays, but memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Unsolicited book reviews and criticism are not considered.

Gallery: Plays are accepted. We do not accept unsolicited visual art work, but if you produce video essays, please query us about your work.

Submitting Online

Submitting via Regular Mail

Note: Except in special cases, we will read online submissions first, thus your work will move through our process more quickly if you have submitted online.

Expect six months for a decision, longer if you submit just before the summer break. Do not query until at least six months have passed.

If work is accepted for publication, you must provide an electronic copy as a .doc (Word) or .rtf (rich text format) if you have not already done so. Payment is after publication.

All published work will be archived online.

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