We accept nonfiction, creative nonfiction, art, and translation from January 1 through September 30. We are also looking for poetry (short, long, free, metered, lyric, narrative, or prose) but this goes through a rotating guest editor instead of our regular staff. Flash Fiction should be sent directly to bluelyrareview at gmail dot com while all other genres go through Submittable.
We close annually for submissions between October 01 and December 31.
We are on a rolling basis but deadlines for each issue are:
Spring - Feb 01 (published end of March; 2013-2015 this was published end of Feb.)
Summer - May 01 (published live end of June)
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P.S. If you are looking for our annual contests, flash fiction/prose poems runs every October & starting in 2016, short poems & long poems will run every August. Our nonfiction contest is currently on hiatus.
Ends on 4/9/2016
We will consider previously published poems/flash/essays so long as acknowledged where previously published. Send through Submittable.
Size limit: 20 pages or Full MS
Many of these manuscripts seen have now been published! If you look online, most places charge a min. of $150! This is your opportunity to get an editor's eye, one who is an avid reader and passionate wordsmith!
This will include: a general overall critique (order, content, stanza arrangement, what is working and what is not, etc.) of a manuscript of poetry no more than 20 pages or $1 per page! $3 goes to credit card and Submittable fees. Sometimes I will focus on line arrangement and what is working vs what is not.
(If you wish more than 20 pages, just pay twice for 40 pages and thrice for 60 pages or click the full manuscript option!)
Again, this is not a line by line comment but from the perspective of a careful editor and avid reader. However, there will be some line edits and recommended cuts as well as what I really like most. I will focus on order (if you request it) but also what poems I feel should be included and/or excluded from the group. I will be thinking of it as a manuscript so please include all the information as if you will be submitting it for publication! If possible, I may get comments or feedback from other writers I know to add a paragraph of comments which may or may not support my views on the critique.
Please include cover page, table of contents, and acknowledgment page.
We will consider the unpublished poems for publication upon your agreement.
The money will be used for two purposes: 1) a donation to one of the charities we support (see our Charity Page at bluelyrareview.com) and to accomplish our goal of producing a best of print edition to be released December 2013. We also take donations through Paypal (again, see our Charity Page )
Please be aware that $1.14 is for credit card fee and $1.30 is for Submittable fee.
We are looking for book reviews in the following genres:
Fiction (Flash or short story collections as well as novels)
Nonfiction (prefer creative nonfiction seeped in nature vs memoir)
No length. Prefer third person reviews. Use quotes and excerpts to support your points. Books must either be forthcoming or published within the last year. Please no self published.
If you can interview the writer or wish to do so, we are open to that as well.
We are looking for something readable and not full of the usual, expected language. See our other reviews under Category Review on our site.
Ends on 9/30/2016
Blue Lyra Review is looking for translations that read as if they were originally written in English, rather than as "translations." We especially prize translations that "honor" the music of the original text. In addition, translators should choose poems of high literary merit. We consider previously unpublished translations of poetry from any language. Submissions should include 3-6 poems or short prose, and should include both the original and the translation. Biographies of both the author and translator should be included in a cover letter, as well as a short paragraph on the process of translating these particular poems and/or why this particular author was chosen. Translators are expected to have acquired copyright permission to publish (online and in print) the original poems, if they are not in the public domain, BEFORE submitting.
Ends on 5/1/2016
The Spring issue being guest edited by Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow is now full and closed. However, we are now reading for the summer issue (June) being guest edited by Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz. It may close early if it fills up.
Please keep in mind with guest editors we may be slower than normal in responding.
Whether narrative or lyrical or experimental or prose poetry or long poems or short poems, Blue Lyra Review is simply looking for something that moves us. Please attach 3-5 poems at a time in a single file with a .doc, .docx, or .rtf extension. Please use the subject line effectively! Don’t send just one poem unless it’s a long poem (more than three pages). We want to get a sense of your style as a writer, and one poem is not enough to do this. Make sure your submission has your contact information (name, address, phone number, email) on the attached (brief) cover letter.
Ends on 9/30/2016
Blue Lyra Review is interested in 500 – 4,000 word (maximum) personal essays, memoirs, creative non-fiction which have a strong story at its core, and where the author shows up on the page with passion, a personal stake, or meaningful reflection. Sorry, but essays over 4,000 words will not be reviewed. We are open to all topics but are especially interested in nature- or Jewish-oriented pieces.
Ends on 9/30/2016
Size limit: 1-4 pieces
What are looking for is simple: something that strikes us, stirs us, causes us to go back and look at it again. It is possible that we may even want to feature an artist's work per issue but do not submit for that (just note in cover letter that you would be open to this idea!)! We are looking for work to grace our pages, both on the Internet and for our annual print anthology.We are not looking for collages and we are not looking for something that may offend, be pornographic, grotesque, or horror.
Ends on 9/30/2016