Call for Submissions! Blue Heron Review is Now Reading Submissions for Our Winter 2016 Issue! Deadline: October 10th, 2015

Welcome back, poets and readers!  We’ve had an exciting summer.  At the end of July, we published our 4th issue, BHR Summer 2015. Hope you’ll stop by to read inspiring poetry and view stunning photography by our highly talented contributors. We are now ready to read and consider poems for our next issue – Winter 2016 (due to be published at the end of February).

(photo by Jason Iffert)

(photo by Jason Iffert)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Polish up your poems and get them ready to send. Submissions for Blue Heron Review are officially open! The deadline is October 10th, 2015. Our reading period is a bit shorter this time, so send your poems early. We always suggest that writers read sample poems from past issues on the BHR site before submitting. Blue Heron welcomes submissions from emerging and established writers. We provide a space for spiritual and life-affirming poems. While we aren’t necessarily looking for overtly religious poems, we tend to be drawn to well-crafted, imagistic poems with a meditative or contemplative quality.

Please read our complete list of guidelines carefully on the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES page. We look forward to reading your work!

Don’t forget to visit the Blue Heron Speaks page to read sample poems by, Stephen Anderson, our featured author for the month of September. Stephen’s latest collection, Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015), was just released.

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

Welcome to Blue Heron Review!

Blue Heron Review is an online poetry magazine specializing in mystical and spiritual verse.  Blue Heron provides a space for poets who offer a positive message about living fully and engaging with the world through beauty, a sense of community and acceptance.

Blue Heron strives to promote and feature works that nourish the soul, encourage deep reflection and support a peaceful life path.  Blue Heron poets embrace the concepts of:  joy, abundance, grace, love, light, connection, awareness, acceptance, balance, peace, one’s soul path, and spirit in their works.  Think, Rumi ~ think, Hafiz!

We are getting ready to announce our reading period for the 2nd issue of Blue Heron Review, which will have an online publication date of summer 2014 The FIRST Blue Heron is due to be released as an online issue ~ winter / 2014.  Please watch this space for further information, regarding guidelines and submission deadlines.  For a general overview, please click on the tab for Submission Guidelines on this site.  We look forward to reading your thoughts on life, through the lens of poetry.

Thank you!

~Cristina M. R. Norcross, Editor

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