Submission Guidelines

Submissions for Blue Heron Review are now temporarily CLOSED.  (Future submission dates will be listed on this page.)

FORMAT CHANGES / PLEASE READ:  There are changes in the works at Blue Heron Review.  I hope that you will welcome the energy of this new format with me, in the coming months. Blue Heron Review will still be providing a space for contemporary, poetic voices on our Featured Author Page of the website, but we will no longer be publishing online issues, and we will no longer be having an open call for submissions.  (*All past issues will remain available to read online, indefinitely.) After almost 6 years of existence, 11 issues, and countless featured authors, we will be changing our format. At some point in the future, we may shift back to a one-issue, per year schedule, but for now, we will gently offer a beautiful feature each month, about an author of my choosing.  I will mostly likely be choosing to feature authors who have been past contributors.  July and August will remain months of rest for me, as editor. Twice a year, I will still shine a light on voices from the past—and the wisdom they have to share with us, as readers and writers.

Thank you for your continued readership, and for joining us on this journey of Blue Heron Review!  This is a continuation, in a slightly different form, so please stay with us. We will keep raising awareness for meditative, heart-centered poetry and the importance of this energy in our modern day lives.  May we all strive to raise the vibration of this earth, together.  Your presence is requested.  Let us all lift each other up through art and poetry!

With kind wishes,
Cristina M. R. Norcross, Founding Editor
Blue Heron Review

*PLEASE NOTE: Blue Heron Review is a not-for-profit, online-only literary journal.  We are not able to offer payment for publication of work.  There is no submission fee.  Staff members do not receive any income from working on Blue Heron Review.  

Peace and blessings on your path as a writer and a seeker.


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

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