Submission Guidelines

4Blue River is a non-profit literary journal produced by Creighton University’s MFA program. We  provide our own MFA students with experience in literary editing and production as a preparation for work in the publishing industry.

Blue River is closed for submissions currently, but will reopen January 8, 2018.

Submissions are FREE and our categories are fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Writers whose pieces are accepted will receive one free copy of the current issue.

*** Please follow these submission guidelines to the letter.  Entries failing to do so will be automatically rejected.***

  • Submissions, if accepted, must not be published anywhere else (including self-publishing, blogs, and online publishing) before being published in Blue River.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, as long as you email blueriverreview@gmail.com to withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

Fiction Submissions

    • Email submissions to:  fictionblueriver@gmail.com
    • In the title of the email please state your full name and the title of your submission.
    • In the body of the email please include your name, address, and a short 3rd person Bio (200 words max).
    • Your submission must be included as a Microsoft Word attachment saved with the title of your submission only. Submissions are read blind, so remove all information identifying the author from your manuscript.
    • Fiction submissions must be double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, and not more than 4000 words.

Creative Nonfiction Submissions

    • Email submissions to:  cnfblueriver@gmail.com
    • In the title of the email please state your full name and the title of your submission.
    • In the body of the email please include your name, address, and a short 3rd person Bio (200 words max).
    • Your submission must be included as a Microsoft Word attachment saved with the title of your submission only. Submissions are read blind, so remove all information identifying the author from your manuscript.
    • Creative nonfiction submissions must be double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, and not more than 4000 words.

Poetry Submissions

    • Email submissions to:  poetryblueriver@gmail.com 
    • In the title of the email please state your full name and the title of the first poem in your submission.
    • In the body of the email please include your name, address, and a short 3rd person Bio (200 words max).
    • Your submission must be included as a one Microsoft Word attachment, one poem per page, saved with the title of the first poem in your submission only. Submissions are read blind, so remove all information identifying the author from your manuscript.
    • Poetry submissions may include 3-5 poems (10 pages maximum). 12pt Times New Roman font.

*** Please use the above email addresses for submissions only. All questions about Blue River should be directed to blueriverreview@gmail.com. We will respond within a week. ***

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