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Welcome! Please browse our compilation of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, translations, book reviews and art.

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 2.4: (October 2013 Theme: Stories We’d Rather Not tell)

Issue 2.3: Special Poetry Only Issue (August 2013)

Issue 2.2: Summer 2013

Issue 2.1: Spring 2013

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 accept poetry, nonfiction, fiction, translations book reviews and artistic images. Please submit your work through Submittable. More information is available on our Submissions Page.

Stay tuned for upcoming contest information. 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.

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LATEST NEWS (Updated 4/10/14)


On the heels of Spring issue 3.2, our new fantastic special all fiction issue!  Let us know what you think on Facebook and on Twitter @BlueLyraReview. We’re using the unique hashtag #BlueLyra.

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)!

Our Kickstarter campaign has been successfully funded and the first print edition is now available! More information is here. We also have t-shirts available.

Be sure to return often, especially for both our June issue and our October issue will be themed Far From The Maddening Crowd. Please include this in the subject line.

Look for us to return to three issues only next year but in the meantime pleas 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 contests? Contests! The Blue Lyra Longish Poem Prize, 2-6 pages/65-200 lines, one poem or strongly linked smaller poems. Judge: Andrew McFayden-Ketchum, author of Ghost Gear. The Living Earth Creative Nonfiction Prize, must be about nature, 5000 word max. Judge: Sharman Apt Russell, author of Standing in the Light: My Life as a Panthiest and Diary of a Citizen Scientist. Guidelines online & Submittable link. Prize: $100 per category. $9 per entry, $15 with anthology. May 1 – June 30. 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. Guidelines online & Submittable link. Prize: $100 per category. $9/3 entries, $15 with anthology. July 1 – August 31.

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