Bacopa Literary Review

Bacopa Literary Review


From the Editor

Bacopa Literary Review (named after a genus of aquatic plants–annuals and perennials that grow worldwide in great variety and often used in herbal medicine) — an annual international print journal in its eighth year, published by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville. Contest submissions will be open April 1 through May 31, 2017. The Bacopa Literary Review Editors’ blog shows the quality of writing we seek by highlighting work we respect from previous Bacopa issues as well as other sources. We respond to unusual perspectives, passionate voices, inventive, and compelling work. Surprise us with your ingenuity. In addition to print publication and a $400 prize in each of four genres, we promote the most recent year’s winners in Bacopa Literary Review’s Editor’s Blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We also submit Pushcart and Write Well nominees. Submissions are blind, all work considered for publication and prizes based solely on literary merit. We respond to unusual perspectives, passionate voices, unique, inventive and compelling work in poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and flash story.


Poetry, Literary Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Story: The poetry we publish intrigues us, moves us, surprises us with stunning imagery, lyricism, form and/or disturbs our well-trod patterns of thought. In literary fiction, we want a compelling narrative with deeply drawn characters, writing like Virginia Woolf in To The Lighthouse, where she artistically painted with words a “profusion of darkness which, creeping in at keyholes and crevices, stole round window blinds, came into bedrooms, swallowed up here a jug and basin, there a bowl of red and yellow dahlias, there the sharp edges and firm bulk of a chest of drawers.” We look for creative nonfiction that has a moving inner voice and meets standards of other literary forms while remaining grounded in fact. New in 2017 we seek flash stories of 750 words or less that follow story structure guidelines, including a compressed story line, conflict, and change; these could be fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir.


Contest submissions will be open April 1 through May 31, 2017, with a $400 prize in each of four genres: poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and flash story.


Editors Name Editor in Chief Mary Bast, Poetry J.N. Fishhawk, Nonfiction Susie Baxter, Fiction U.R Bowie, Flash Story Kaye Linden
Print publication? Yes
Circulation 4000
Do you take online submissions? Yes
Submission Guidelines URL
Approx. Response Time? 1-2 months
How often do you publish? Annually
Year Founded? 2010
Do you pay? $400 prize in each of four genres


Mailing Address:
Bacopa Literary Review
Writers Alliance of Gainesville (WAG)
P.O. Box 358396
Gainesville, FL 32635-8396

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