Submission Guidelines

Blue Mesa Review is published annually in the Spring.

While we DO accept submissions year round, manuscripts received during the summer months are often processed more slowly.

With a rotating Editorial Board, each of our magazines is fresh and unique. In general, we are seeking strong voices and lively, compelling narrative with a fine eye for craft. We look forward to reading your best work!

Format: While we carefully consider every piece we receive, we do request the courtesy of clearly typed, double-spaced manuscripts (for prose):

  • Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Please number your pages consecutively
  • Include your name and contact information on the first page.
    To ensure focus on the work in question, submissions are generally read blind.
  • Succinct cover letters are appreciated; upon acceptance of a piece we will contact you for a full bio and electronic copy.
  • Length: Limit four poems or six pages of poetry or one prose submission of fewer than 7500 words. Please wait for a response before submitting more work.

Simultaneous Submission: We do accept simultaneous submissions, but ask to be informed immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Please note: simultaneous submissions is NOT the same as multiple
submissions. While we understand and encourage you to send your
story/essay/poem/review/interview to other magazines while we consider publishing your piece in our magazine, we ask that each author only submit ONE piece to us at a time.

Book Reviews and Interviews:   Please query.

Reply:  Response time is two to six months. Please include an SASE with mailed submissions for response only.

Blue Mesa Review does NOT return manuscripts.

Rights: We purchase first North American serial rights and non-exclusive electronic rights for our website, if we choose. Blue Mesa Review does not consider work that has been previously published in print or online. Rights revert to the author upon publication.

Payment: Contributors receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears and the option to purchase additional copies at a discounted rate.

Send submissions to:

(Genre) Editor
Blue Mesa Review
Creative Writing Program
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001


One comment

  1. The website suggests sending queries about book reviews.
    Gaon Books is an independent publisher located in Santa Fe. We have three titles that have been published recently that could be of interest for book reviews. They are:
    Angelina Muniz-Huberman, The Confidantes (Translated from Spanish). Muniz is a Mexican author.
    Mario X. Martinez, Converso. Martinez is a new author from New Mexico.
    Isabelle Medina-Sandoval, Guardians of Hidden Traditions. Medina is also a New Mexico author. The last two titles are historical fiction that draws from stories of their families crypto-Jewish backgrounds.
    Thank you for your attention. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Ron Duncan Hart, Ph.D.
    Gaon Books

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