General Submission Guidelines

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Please review the editors' preferences and tips to writers. We may not be able to completely pin down what we want—and we do want to be taken pleasantly by surprise—but you may find the quotes helpful.

When you submit your work, please include a brief bio to introduce yourself.

If your work is accepted for publication, we ask only for the right to publish it for the first time, on the Web and in print. Please do not submit work that has been published elsewhere. All rights revert to the author after publication by The Baltimore Review. All accepted work will be archived on the website.


Simultaneous submissions are permitted. If you need to withdraw your work, or part of your work, from consideration, please do so through Submittable. You may withdraw one or two poems from consideration by including a note in Submittable rather than emailing us. (Note that if you click "Withdraw" in Submittable, you are withdrawing your entire submission. Don't use "Withdraw" if you want to remove only part of your work from consideration; use the notes feature for that.) We accept submissions only through the link at the bottom of this page. Submissions in more than one category are permitted, but please do not submit work more than once per reading period. Once your work has been accepted by a publication, always withdraw it from any other publications right away.


Submission periods are August 1 through November 30 and February 1 through May 31. At this time, the Video category remains open year-round.


Response time: You will be notified of our decision within four months. We're aiming for a response time well within that time frame, usually one to three months, but we do receive thousands of submissions in each submission period, and we read each one of them. Thank you for your patience.


The current contest theme is "Milestones." Click the blue Submit button for details. Why "Milestones"? We are celebrating 20 years of publishing! Deadline November 30. Can't wait to see what you do with the "Milestones" theme. We're wide open to interpretations.


Payment for non-contest submissions is Web exposure, a copy of the annual compilation in which the author's work appears, and a small payment ($40 Amazon gift certificate or $40 through PayPal, if preferred). We hope to continue this as long as funding is available. We also nominate our contributors' work for every possible prize, and we send copies of the print compilation to the Best American series and other prize anthologies.


Ready to submit? You will see additional details for each category when you click the Submit button below; please note word limits. Winning contest entries are published in winter and summer issues, along with non-theme submissions. Contest themes are announced on our blog, on our Facebook page, and on the Submit page for the Contest category during the Contest submission period.

Click here to submit your poem or story