The editors of Indiana Review, Black Warrior Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review are excited to read submissions of short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction fee-free for one day only! We hope this period is a nod to that fact that though we must charge submission fees, we don’t like to. All submissions will be considered for publication by all three journals. Pieces may be accepted by only one of the three: BWR, HFR, or IR.
You send us your best work. We duke it out for a chance to publish our favorites.
Submissions for this joint period will be accepted through BWR’s online submission manager at bwr.submittable.com/submit. No mailed submissions will be considered. Be sure to select the “No-Fee Black Friday Submission!” category for proper consideration. No submission fees will be charged for this special one-day only Black Friday submission period.
Submissions will be open from 12 AM to 11:59pm, Friday, November 27, 2015. We hope to respond to all submissions within three months, though there may of course be some delays.
We ask that all writers submit only once during this period, in one genre. We will consider fiction up to 7,000 words, up to five poems, and nonfiction up to 7,000 words. For very short fiction or nonfiction, we will consider up to three pieces of fewer than 1,000 words.
Writers who have work pending at BWR, HFR, or IR are still eligible to submit, but please note that in your cover letter.
As always, we will not consider any previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as we are notified immediately through Submittable if the piece is accepted elsewhere.
All submitted work will be considered for publication in BWR, HFR, and IR. Students, faculty, and staff (both current and former) at The University of Alabama, Arizona State University, or Indiana University will be allowed to submit, but will not be considered for their University’s resident literary journal. If you have been published in BWR, HFR, or IR within the last four years, you will not be considered for that journal, but will be considered for the others. If applicable, please make note your status as a contributor to any of the journals in your cover letter.
If you have a personal relationship with any of the senior editors at one of the journals, please also note this in your cover letter; this precludes your work from being considered with that journal.
Please note the following in your cover letter:
• Your name, the title of your piece or pieces, your email address, and whether it is a simultaneous submission.
• If you are a current or former student or faculty member at The University of Alabama, Arizona State University, or Indiana University.
• If your work has appeared within the last four years in BWR, HFR, or IR.
• If you currently have any work currently under consideration at BWR, HFR, or IR.
Dear Multitude of Editors,
Attached is my short story, “Parade” (5,530 words).
I currently a student at the University of Cincinnati, and the Assistant Editor of the Cincinnati Review. I am the author of the Wally (Burrow Press 2012), and the winner of the 2012 Playboy College Fiction Contest. My stories have been published and are forthcoming in Cream City Review, Eleven Eleven, Ellipsis, Arcadia, Chattahoochee Review, Permafrost, Yemassee, Santa Clara Review, Florida Review, and many others.
Thank you for considering my story.
Please submit via the guidelines above, and before we close tonight at 11:59 PM.
Thanks for submission free-day!
Thanks for the opportunity to submit.