Blue Mesa Review Publishing Opportunity

Blue Mesa Review is an established publisher of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The review has been in operation since 1989 at the University of New Mexico.

A fresh team of students from the university’s creative writing department edits each issue, so the journals aesthetic is always evolving. They publish a wide variety of writing by both emerging and established authors. In general, they are looking for powerful writing with a strong sense of craft.

You can get a sense of the journal by reading past issues online. Additionally, authors of fiction can read this blog article: “What I’m Looking For: Tall, Dark, and… Previously Unpublished,” by the current fiction editor, Jennifer Tubbs, to see what she wants.

Selected works will receive a $25 contributor payment. The press accepts international submissions, but they cannot process contributor payments outside of the US.

Blue Mesa Review releases two issues a year online and once a year in print. All submissions will be considered for both print and online publication.

Blue Mesa Review Issue 41 Cover

How to Submit to the Blue Mesa Review

Want to submit your writing? Then here’s what you need to know:

  • Poets may submit up to three poems.
  • Authors of fiction and creative nonfiction may submit one piece, 6,000 words or fewer.

Blue Mesa Review is accepting submissions now through February 28, 2021. Submitting authors can expect a response within six months.

Blue Mesa Review accepts manuscripts through an online submission manager. They do not take submissions via email or by post.

They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. The review does not accept previously published manuscripts.

If you would like to learn more or submit, please visit their website here.

Good luck to all of you who choose to submit. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.

And if you are accepted, please let me know! I’d love to read your work and pass it along to a friend.

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Stay safe, everyone.

Until next time.



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Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams is a writer and editor for a local marketing agency. She has formerly worked as a writer for the Investing News Network and as an editor for Whetstone, a bi-annually published literary magazine. Aside from writing, Danielle has an unabiding love for all marine life and the outdoors. She loves taking long hikes with her husband and cooking delicious meals in the kitchen.


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