Blood Orange Review Emerging Writers Contest

Since 2006, Blood Orange Review has championed the work of new and established writers. As we enter our 16th year of publication, our editors and readers invite up-and-coming writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid work to submit to our first ever Emerging Writer’s Contest.

The contest recognizes work by writers who have yet to publish in a nationally distributed literary journal. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are permitted, provided you notify Blood Orange Review if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Thanks to generous support from the Washington State University Honors College, one first-place winner will receive $500 and publication in the journal. A second-place winner will receive $250 and publication.
Contest submissions will be open February 5th-April 5th, 2022. Submission fee is $10. If the fee poses a financial hardship, please send us an email* to request a fee waiver. Blood Orange Review readers and editors will judge. The first- and second-place winners will be announced in August 2022 and their work will appear in the Fall/Winter 2022 volume of Blood Orange Review.
  • Poetry: Submit up to five poems.
  • Fiction: Submit up to 5,000 words, double-spaced.
  • Nonfiction: Submit up to 5,000 words, double-spaced.
  • Cross-Genre/Hybrid: Submit up to 5,000 words with images, experimental formatting, etc.
Please direct questions or fee waiver requests to our Managing Editor, Lauren Westerfield, at

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.