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Blue Lyra Review aims to unite writers and artists from a diverse array of backgrounds, paying special homage to Jewish voices and those from other underrepresented communities. However, we are not exclusive and look for quality above all else.
Blue Lyra Review publishes three online issues per year (February, June and October), and a print anthology in December-January. We decide what goes into the print anthology mostly on the number of “likes” a post receives, plus we add in new pieces by authors we invited to submit & our contest winners.
We accept poetry, nonfiction, fiction, translations book reviews and artistic images from Jan. 01 through September 29. Please submit your work through Submittable. More information is available on our Submissions Page.
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LATEST NEWS (Updated 8/10/14)
Thought Issue 3.4 was the only issue we had out this summer? Well we have a treat for you! We’ve just released a special issue focusing on 10 Singapore Poets! You will not be disappointed! Read it now, and remember to let us know what you think on Facebook and on Twitter @BlueLyraReview. We’re using the unique hashtag #BlueLyra.
Our Spring 2015 issue will be guest edited in poetry by Juanita Judy. Submit now through end of September.
Our Summer 2015 issue will be guest edited in poetry by Jason Koo. He will begin taking submissions end of Feb through May.
And we are pleased to announce:
Blue Lyra Review’s Living Earth Nonfiction Prize
Julie Jeanell Leung’s “Reclamation” (to be published in our Spring print edition)
Chelsey Clammer’s “I Live in a Town” (to be published online in Spring)
Semi-Finalists (in alphabetical order):
Wendy Fontaine’s “Sand Dollars”
Jessamyn Smith’s “The White Deer”
Blue Lyra Review’s Longish Poem Prize
Susanna Lang’s “The Long Way Back” (to be published in our Spring print edition)
David Kann’s “The Language of the Farm” (to be published online in Spring)
Semi-Finalists (in alphabetical):
Janet Joyner’s “Women’s History Week”
Lucian Mattison’s “Circumambient”
Arthur Plotnik’s “On the Beach at Nazare”
Lauren Rusk’s “Lessons”
Chris Warner’s “The New Math”
Jeremy Windham’s “Look to the Little Dipper”
Congrats to Matthew Lippman’s poem “In the Basement of the Holy House” **(named finalist in Best of the Net 2013, Poetry) & to Neil Mathison’s essay “Wooden Boats” ** (received Best Notable Essay 2013 in Best American Essays)!
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Be sure to return often. Our October issue (Fall 2014) will be themed Far From The Maddening Crowd. Please include this in the subject line for all submissions.
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Oh, and did we mention our four contests? Contests! Blue Lyra Flash Fiction Prize, 1000 word max. Judge: Stefanie Freele, author of Surrounded by Water. Blue Lyra Poetry Prize, 65 line max. Judge: Katherine E. Young, author of Day of the Border Guards. Prize: $100 per category. $9/3 entries, $15 with anthology. July 1 – August 31. Guidelines online & Submittable link.