Submissions for issue 16 (Spring '20) of Bat City Review will open July 1, 2019 and run through November 1, 2019 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


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.