Bear Review

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Genres Published: 
Representative Authors: 
Derrick Austin, Ruth Awad, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Chen Chen, Cynthia Cruz, Chelsea Dingman, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Stephen Dunn, John Gallaher, Mag Gabbert, Forrest Gander, Henry Goldcamp, Lea Graham, Arielle Greenberg, Brian Henry, Joy Katz
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Nov 1
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
No payment
Issues per Year: 
5,000 to 10,000

Editorial Focus

The editors of Bear Review are open to a wide variety of poetry, and they read submissions ten months of the year. They close regular submissions during November and December while receiving entries to their single-poem contest. The magazine publishes two issues a year: one in the fall, one in the spring.

Tips From the Editor

We’re big readers, so we admire pieces that make the old new. We also dig aesthetic competence and a poet’s understanding of how their piece is situated within or outside of genre and literary tradition. That said, we really do admire experimentation and blurred genres, so long as the writer brings the heat.

Our only criteria when reviewing poetry: your writing is alive on the page, is clear enough for the reader, has urgency or something at stake.

Contact Information

Marcus Myers, Cofounding Coeditor
4211 Holmes Street
Kansas City
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Last updated: Jan 17, 2024