Blood Orange Review publishes emerging and established writers and visual artists. We welcome submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. Our editors look for compelling voices and work that demonstrates attention to craft. We want writing that changes us and challenges us to redefine our sense of perspective. We thrill when we publish someone for the first time, and though our journal is modestly sized and our selection is competitive, we encourage writers to submit.

Special Submissions Call: 15th Anniversary Broadsides

Flash Prose/Short Poems/Visual Art

Join Blood Orange Review in celebrating our 15th digital volume with a first-ever print project in collaboration with faculty and graduate students in the WSU department of Fine Arts.

Fifteen years ago, we began looking for “bold and startling artfulness,” and “narratives and forms that challenge expectations.” That is the spirit of what we are looking for here. Our editors and art curator seek very short (100-300 words) prose, poetry (no more than 20 poetic lines), and monochrome visual artworks.

As for theme, choose your own–or borrow from what we’ve been thinking about: Time. Nostos. Memoriam. Celebration. Histories of person, spaces/places, earth, universe.

Submissions will be reviewed by BOR literary and art editorial staff, and selected works will be curated and paired at the discretion of our Graduate Art Curator Fellow. The final broadsides will be screen-printed on high-quality 12.5 X 19 stock using dual-tone ink and featuring author and artist attribution in the footer. The printed broadsides will be on display and available for purchase at the Blood Orange Review table at AWP 2023 in Seattle, WA.

Please see submission guidelines for additional details/design and file-type specifications.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

SUBMISSION FEE: $5

  • Authors may submit up to three poems or three short prose pieces. 
  • Visual artists may submit up to three works of art.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Artists and authors from any country and discipline are welcome to submit. Please note: we cannot accept submissions for this special call from current WSU students or faculty.

FOR WRITTEN WORK

  • Prose submissions must not exceed 300 words each
  • Poetry submissions must not exceed 20 poetic lines

FOR ARTWORK

  • Image resolution must be 300dpi
  • Image must be monochrome (one color)
  • Image must not exceed dimensions of 12.5 x 19in

COMPENSATION

  • Authors and artists of selected works will receive payment in the form of two (2) broadsides copies each.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Entry Deadline: September 28th thru November 28th, 2022

All authors and artists will be notified of the final decision by JANUARY 2023. If your work is selected, you will receive further information at that time.

All selected pieces will be screen printed on high-quality 12.5x19 stock using dual-tone ink and featuring author and artist attribution in the footer. The printed broadsides will be on display and available for purchase at the Blood Orange Review table at AWP 2023 in Seattle, WA. Digital versions may also appear as special features in a future volume of BOR.

AGREEMENT

Blood Orange Review reserves the right to use selected text and images of the artwork on its website and social media and printing of broadsides. By submitting artwork via this call, the authors and artists agree to the terms outlined above. The authors & artists submitting their work understand that inclusion is not guaranteed as this is a juried opportunity. The artist submitting their work gives full curatorial discretion over to the Blood Orange Review, which may include resizing of images, color changes, and layering of text over images. Artist retains full copyright of the work.

We want your fresh voices and challenging poems. Send us your resistances, your mystic letters, your incantations, spells, and curses. We want your American sonnets, your missives from the margins, erasures, excursions to the unknown. We ask only that you keep your submissions to five excursions. 

Blood Orange Review seeks to publish and support writers of all genders, identities, races, orientations, and ethnicities. We look forward to reading your work and giving voice to your creativity. 

Please upload your work in one document with a .doc or .docx extension.

Fiction: 

Blood Orange Review seeks to publish and support writers of all genders, identities, races, orientations, and ethnicities. We look forward to reading your work and giving voice to your creativity. 

Please limit fiction submissions to 5,000 words, and make sure to upload your work in a single, double-spaced document with a .doc or .docx extension.

Nonfiction: Send us your personal essays, memoir scraps, philosophical investigations, and lyric interludes. Regardless of shape or sub-genre, we seek writing that advances--be it via narrative, structure, form, idea, or intellection. We seek prose in which language weighs as much as story (...or even more, in some cases). Experiment. Innovate. Invent against the borders.

Blood Orange Review seeks to publish and support writers of all genders, identities, races, orientations, and ethnicities. We look forward to reading your work and giving voice to your creativity. 

Please limit creative nonfiction submissions to 5,000 words, and make sure to upload your work in a single, double-spaced document with a .doc or .docx  extension.

Art: We are seeking visual art to pair with our literary submissions and display in their own right in our online exhibition space in each digital volume of Blood Orange Review. Abstract and two-dimensional works and/or photography preferred. 

Send 3-5 high-quality digital copies of your work (including titles) with a JPG, GIFF, TIFF, or PNG extension. We want to get a sense of your style as an artist. 

Artists will receive a byline alongside that of the author with whom their work is paired, space for a biography and artist statement via the online exhibition space, and social media promotion. 

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