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*Newest Issue 3.4: Summer 2014*

Issue Three (3)

Issue 3.3: Special Fiction Only Issue (April 2014)
Issue 3.2
: Spring 2014
Issue 3.1: Special Non-fiction Only Issue  (January 2014)

Issue Two (2)

Issue 2.4: Fall 2013 – Stories We’d Rather Not Tell
(Special October Theme Issue)
Issue 2.3: Special Poetry Only & Turkish Poets Issue (August 2013)
Issue 2.2: Summer 2013
Issue 2.1: Spring 2013

Issue One (1)

Issue 1.2:  Fall 2012
Issue 1.1: Summer 2012

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.

Check back periodically for upcoming contests and be sure to “Like” us on Facebook to qualify for the free stuff that we love to send our friends!

Any writings or image published on Blue Lyra Review is copyrighted by the creator. Explicit permission must be obtained from the copyright holder for use of any such material. E-mail bluelyrareview at gmail#dot#com to obtain contact information for those writers and artists whos information is not listed on this site.

LATEST NEWS (Updated 7/06/14)Blue Lyra Review star logo

Our long awaited Summer 2014 issue has arrived! Let us know what you think on Facebook and on Twitter @BlueLyraReview. We’re using the unique hashtag #BlueLyra.

But wait, that’s not all! We have another *special* issue of Blue Lyra Review coming out this early August, so don’t stray too far after you’ve read our summer issue.

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 Longish Poem Prize


Susanna Lang’s “The Long Way Back”



David Kann’s “The Language of the Farm”


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)!

We also have t-shirts available and you can purchase an anthology.

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.

Look for us to return to three issues only next year, but in the meantime please enjoy and leave a comment for the author and other readers.

By signing up for our newsletter (on the right-hand side of this page), you can be reminded of upcoming publications and special offers too.

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.

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