Submission Guidelines

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(*NOTE: Stay tuned for updates for our next open call with deadline dates in winter 2023)

(Artwork, "Great Blue Heron," by Daniel Adams
(Artwork, “Great Blue Heron,” by Daniel Adams)

Please carefully read the guidelines below before submitting:


All submissions will be read with great care.  Responses will be sent out approximately 8-10 weeks after receiving a submission. NOTE: Please do not ask about the status of your submission until after 10 weeks have passed. We do NOT have an automated response system, and we do NOT send out auto reply messages about your submission being received.

Please compose the subject of your e-mail as:  Submission/TITLE OF ISSUE/Your Last Name

Please send ONLY 2-3 poems (previously unpublished work—NOTE: poems shared on a personal blog or social media are fine, but do NOT send poems previously published in a print or online journal.) Send poems in the BODY of your e-mail.  Short, poetic prose will also be considered.  NO attachments, please.  NO simultaneous submissions. *Please only submit ONCE per submission period and do NOT send submissions until the reading period officially begins.

Left aligned, single spaced poems are preferred.  Poems with “creative” use of indents and wonky spacing within lines are also NOT encouraged due to formatting constraints of WordPress.

Please include a brief, author bio of 3-4 sentences (150 words or less), in the 3rd person.

Please include a brief cover letter, with your poems, in the body of the e-mail. 

Please send all submissions to Cristina M. R. Norcross, Editor at:


(Extra Note: Blue Heron Review is a not-for-profit, online-only literary journal.  We are not able to offer payment for publication of work in our issues.  There is no submission fee.  Staff members do not receive any income from working on Blue Heron Review. )

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