Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and reviews, as well as plays and visual art, in the spring and fall of each year. Blackbird was founded in 2001 as a joint venture of the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of English and New Virginia Review, Inc. 


Blackbird’s reading period is currently open.


Please read the following guidelines before you submit. We also recommend you read previous issues as a guide to the quality of work that is of interest to us.


General Guidelines

  • Blackbird does not accept previously published work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as they are indicated as such and we are immediately notified upon acceptance elsewhere. To withdraw individual poems from a submission, please send a message in Submittable notifying us of the poems that are no longer available.
  • Translations are welcome so long as permissions have been obtained from the author.
  • We are able to publish long works in all genres, but query Blackbird before you send a prose piece over 8,000 words, a poem exceeding 10 pages, or a full-length play.
  • Please submit a cover letter, either in the box provided or as the first page of your submission; if you have previously published with Blackbird or received encouragement on a previous submission, please include that information as well.


Poetry: Send up to six poems at a time, but no less than two poems. Set your poem as you want it to appear on the printed page. Submit all poems as a single document.

Fiction: Double-space, please. We primarily look for short stories, but novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained.

Nonfiction: Double-space, please. We primarily look for personal essays, but memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Unsolicited book reviews and criticism are not considered.

Gallery: Plays are accepted. We do not accept unsolicited visual art work, but if you produce video essays, please query us about your work.


Expect six months for a decision, longer if you submit just before the summer break. Do not query until at least six months have passed.


If you are a currently-enrolled student, please email blackbird@vcu.edu for a link to a waived-fee submission form.


Direct all queries to:

blackbird@vcu.edu

$3.00
$3.00

Please read the following guidelines before you submit.

  • Send up to six poems at a time; send at least two poems, minimum.
  • Set your poem as you want it to appear on the printed page.
  • Put all poems into one document.
  • Query before you send a poem exceeding 10 pages.


General Guidelines

  • Blackbird does not accept previously published work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as they are indicated as such and we are immediately notified upon acceptance elsewhere. To withdraw individual poems from a submission, please send a message in Submittable notifying us of the poems that are no longer available.
  • Translations are welcome so long as permissions have been obtained from the author.
  • Please submit a cover letter, either in the box provided or as the first page of your submission; if you have previously published with Blackbird or received encouragement on a previous submission, please include that information as well.


If you are a currently-enrolled student, please email blackbird@vcu.edu for a link to a waived-fee submission form.

$3.00
$3.00

Please read the following guidelines before you submit.

  • Double-space, please. 
  • We primarily look for short stories, but novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained.
  • Send one prose piece at a time.
  • Query before you send a prose piece over 8,000 words.


General Guidelines

  • Blackbird does not accept previously published work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as they are indicated as such and we are immediately notified upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • Translations are welcome so long as permissions have been obtained from the author.
  • Please submit a cover letter, either in the box provided or as the first page of your submission; if you have previously published with Blackbird or received encouragement on a previous submission, please include that information as well.


If you are a currently-enrolled student, please email us at blackbird@vcu.edu for a link to a waived-fee submission form.

$3.00
$3.00

Please read the following guidelines before you submit.

  • Double-space, please. 
  • We primarily look for personal essays, but memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. 
  • Unsolicited book reviews and criticism are not considered.
  • Send one prose piece at a time.
  • Query before you send a prose piece over 8,000 words.


General Guidelines

  • Blackbird does not accept previously published work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as they are indicated as such and we are immediately notified upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • Translations are welcome so long as permissions have been obtained from the author.
  • Please submit a cover letter, either in the box provided or as the first page of your submission; if you have previously published with Blackbird or received encouragement on a previous submission, please include that information as well.


If you are a currently-enrolled student, please email us at blackbird@vcu.edu for a link to a waived-fee submission form.

$3.00
$3.00

Please read the following guidelines before you submit.

  • We publish one act plays, single scenes, and full-length plays.
  • Query before you send a full-length play.



General Guidelines

  • Blackbird does not accept previously published work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as they are indicated as such and we are immediately notified upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • Translations are welcome so long as permissions have been obtained from the author.
  • Please submit a cover letter, either in the box provided or as the first page of your submission; if you have previously published with Blackbird or received encouragement on a previous submission, please include that information as well.



If you are a currently-enrolled student, please email blackbird@vcu.edu for a link to a waived-fee submission form.

Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts