General Submissions Guidelines

Bellingham Review’s general submission period runs from September 15th through December 1st.

Please note: in order to maintain the standard of quality long associated with Bellingham Review, and to carefully handle the ever-increasing number of submissions we receive, we only accept submissions through Submittable. We will no longer accept mailed submissions. The $3 submission fee covers production costs only; no person on our staff receives any part.

The editors welcome submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and author interviews. *We are now also accepting submissions of hybrid works!* We have no stated limitations on form or subject matter, but we strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with our journal and its aesthetic before you submit. Our poetry editors ask for no more than three poems per submission.

Please do not submit additional work until you hear back from the editors about work currently under consideration. Reporting time normally varies from one to six months. Simultaneous submissions are considered; please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please withdraw all electronic submission through Submittable. All submissions must be previously unpublished in North America.

Bellingham Review does not offer payment at this time. However, if your work is accepted, you will receive a contributor’s copy, as well as a free gift subscription.

If you are a current student at WWU, or have been a student within the last 2 years, please do not submit to Bellingham Review. You may enter your work 2 years after your last year of attendance at WWU.

Please see our online contest guidelines for details on our annual literary contests, which are held from December 1st to March 15th