Submissions are currently being accepted.


Bluestem produces quarterly online editions and an annual spring print issue. Please submit no more than 5 poems at one time, or one short story, or one creative non-fiction essay, or 5 black & white drawings. Fiction / prose should be no longer than 5000 words. Please include a brief (no more than 100 words) bio with your submission. All work is considered for both print and online publication. If you are submitting more than one poem, please include them all in one file.

All genres are welcome.

No previously published work is accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your work via the submission manager.

Expect a response in 8 - 12 weeks. The wait might be longer if we are seriously considering your work.
 

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Please include up to 5 poems in one submission.

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Send us a good story. Any topic. We seek quality writing grounded in place and character, and above all, we want a good story.

Prose should be roughly 3,000 - 5,000 words. Short pieces are okay, too. A cover letter is not necessary, but a brief bio and publication history is encouraged.


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Literary nonfiction. Writing that displays a high degree of literary awareness and technical control. We seek writing that explores the unsayable or unexplored areas of our lives--writing that exhibits an awareness to history, social, political, literary, and cultural awareness.

Prose should be roughly 3,000 - 5,000 words. A cover letter is not necessary, but a brief bio and publication history is encouraged. 
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Bluestem accepts reviews of books that have been published within the last year. There is no word limit, but shorter reviews will most likely be published online and longer reviews in our annual print edition.
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Artwork selected for the print issue will be rendered in black and white.