Blue River Now Open for Submissions

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My fellow writers, I have exciting news. Blue River, a non-profit literary journal produced by Creighton University’s MFA program, is now seeking submissions. There is also a chance to win $500.

Read the guidelines carefully and submit your best work for a chance to be published and paid for your writing.

Directly from the Blue River Submittable Page:

We seek to build a new tradition: to foster and celebrate contemporary graduate-level creative writers by publishing their fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. In that spirit, we provide our own MFA students with experience in literary editing and production as a preparation for work in the publishing industry.

Published annually, Blue River looks for the best writing by students in graduate creative writing programs or within one year of graduation. We accept online submissions year-round, but to be considered for the first issue, submit by March 1, 2016. We do not accept paper or email submissions.

The submission fee is $15 per entry and it makes the writer eligible for the Blue River Editors’ Award. Submission categories are fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. One winner in each category will be featured in each issue and will receive $500 (USD). Writers whose pieces are accepted but not awarded the prize will receive two free copies of their issue and discounts on additional copies. All decisions for the 2016 issue will be announced by March 23, 2016.

Prose submissions must be double-spaced, and not more than 8000 words. Poetry submissions may include 3-5 poems or a maximum of 10 pages. Submissions, if accepted, must not be published anywhere else before being published in Blue River. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, as long as you withdraw your work if it is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions are read blind, so remove all information identifying the author from your manuscript. In the cover letter box on the Submittable submission form, indicate the graduate program in which you are currently enrolled (or your graduation date).

Current Creighton University students and faculty are ineligible to submit, as well as writers not currently or recently enrolled in a graduate creative writing program.

Our website is still under construction, but for now you can find updates and announcements on Blue River‘s Facebook and Twitter pages.

I will be acting as fiction co-editor. If you are submitting in the fiction category and wish to address me directly in your cover letter, please use my legal name, LeeAnn Adams.

Best wishes to all who submit their work. If you are not eligible to submit, I’d be grateful if you could help us spread the word.

As always, thanks for reading—and writing too.

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