Spring Update

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

Our spring 2017 issue went live on May 7, 2017. Thanks to all our writers and readers! We hope that you enjoy the spring issue—I think you’ll find some amazing writing in this one—as well as back issues archived on the site.

Our February 1 through May 31 submission period just ended with some record-breaking numbers (162 submissions on the last day, May 31—a lot of last-minute submitters). Now we have some serious catching-up to do. We’ll be reading our contest submissions and sending a group of finalists on to our final judge as quickly as we can, as well as catching up with all the poetry, short story, CNF, “none of the above,” and video submissions.

February – May stats:








Fiction was the largest category, 1,251 submissions, followed by poetry, 1,063 submissions. CNF, contest, “none of the above,” and video submissions made up the balance.

Contest winners will be announced this summer, and their work will be included in the summer 2017 issue.

We will re-open all categories on August 1. Video and “none of the above” categories remain open at this time.

We continue to be in a financial position to pay all non-contest contributors with $40 by Amazon gift card or PayPal. They also receive a copy of the annual print compilation that includes their work. Contest winners receive $500, $200, and $100. All contest entries are considered for publication. We believe in compensating writers for their work and hope that, with the support of our readers, we will be able to increase payments in the future.

The print compilation, Baltimore Review 2017, will be available for purchase in late summer. All this online reading is an incredible free resource, right? But having paper books on your shelves can be even more wonderful, for a whole lot of reasons. And your support keeps journals like The Baltimore Review alive and kicking.

Happy June!