Submissions for issue 15 (Spring '19) of Bat City Review will open July 1, 2018 and run through November 1, 2018 with responses typically sent within two months of receiving a submission. 

We are interested in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, art, and cross-genre pieces that experiment with language, form, and unconventional subject matter. We also welcome traditional styles as well as translations. When submitting a translation, please include a copy of the original text and a note stating that you have secured permission from the copyright holder.

Our staff changes every year, and a team of readers and a large editorial board evaluate each submission. In a recent interview with the Review Review, Nick Almeida, Editor-in-Chief for Issue 13, outlines who we are and how we work. Before submitting to Bat City Review, take some time to review our mission statement,  previous issues and featured content in order to familiarize yourself with our aesthetic heritage. Please visit ABOUT at the top menu to contact the appropriate or nearest-related editor with genre-specific questions.


  • We only accept submissions through Submittable

  • Please remove all identifying information from the submission document itself

  • Students of the University of Texas at Austin may not submit. Alumni must have completed their studies at least three years prior to current open call

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please email the relevant editor immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

  • Due to the volume of submissions, we ask that you please submit only once per genre per reading period

  • Contributors receive two free copies of the issue in which their work appears. Individual rights revert to authors upon publication

2019 Short prose contest

We are pleased to announce our fourth annual Bat City Review Short Prose Contest. Submissions open on March 1. We will close either after the 400th submission or on March 30, whichever comes first. Writers are encouraged to submit early.

This year's contest will be judged by PAUL LISICKY.

One winner and three runners up will be selected. The winner and runners up will be published online in spring 2019. The winner will also receive $500 and print publication in Bat City Review Issue 16 (Spring 2020). 


  • Submit a piece of prose (fiction, nonfiction, prose poem, or any genre) up to 500 words in length. Do not include your name or any identifying information on the document you upload. Do please include the word count at the bottom of the document. One piece per submission, with a limit of three separate submissions per author. Cost is $5 to submit.

    This contest is not open to employees, students, or affiliates of the University of Texas at Austin. We're happy to read simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We will not consider previously published work.

SPECIAL CALL: Ellsworth Kelly's AUSTIN Ekphrasis

In conjunction with the Blanton Museum of Art and its permanent installation, Ellsworth Kelly's Austin, we are seeking ekphrastic and/or inspired work operating in direct response to Austin. Artists and writers who have visited this incredible space on UT's campus and found it artistically stimulating are welcome to upload their work here. We are open to songs, poems, sketches, stories, researched/scholarly articles, visual art, or just about anything. Surprise us!


  • Original, unpublished work only. Most genres and standard file formats are acceptable. (Please see the note on the Submit Ekphrasis button below about samples and file types.)


Please submit three to five poems.


Please submit short stories, flash fiction, novel excerpts, and other experiments. Word limit: 6,000.


Please submit creative nonfiction, lyric essays, memoirs, hybrid works, and interviews. Word limit: 5,000.


Bat City features a diverse range of visual art both in print and on the web.


We define "cross genre" as multidisciplinary or multi-genre work, but we are open to being convinced otherwise. Your piece could be collaborative, interactive, or just plain strange. Click Submit below to learn more.