Blue Earth Review is Minnesota State University, Mankato’s graduate-run literary magazine. Before being wholly revamped and renamed in 2003, BER was published under such titles as Medicine Jug, The Muse, and Minnesota River Review. Our contributors have included folks such as Steve Almond, Nicelle Davis, Alex Lemon, Jennifer Whitaker, Kristen N. Arnett, and Charles Baxter.


We're looking for ambitious and exuberant works of short fiction, essay, memoir, poetry, and visual art that offer insights, complicates existing conversations, and enriches our understanding of what it means to be human in this increasingly diverse world. We gravitate towards small, focused works in which every word matters. We currently publish twice a year in the fall and spring.


We accept all voices, and do not discriminate based on race, ancestry, disability, gender identity, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation. Our mission is to create a collection of artistic works that celebrate the uniqueness of the world told through both characters, verse, and artists—compacted into our square magazine.


We read general submissions for all genres year-round. For contest submissions, we read all genres during and up to a month after the contest period. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. We ask that writers notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere.


At this time, we do not accept AI-generated works.


We consider only previously unpublished work. If we accept yours for publication, we assume First North American Serial Rights. All other rights remain with the writer. Payment is two contributor's copies.


$10.00

The Blue Earth Review publishes ambitious and exuberant works of short fiction, essay, memoir, poetry, and visual art that offer insight, complicate existing conversations, and enrich our understanding of what it means to be human in this increasingly diverse world.

Subscribe and receive a year's worth (Fall and Spring) of our literary journal. It is the perfect pocket-size book to bring with you anywhere to read.

Our unique square format fairs best with shorter pieces that reflect our mission of dramatic impact in a small size. Submissions are capped at 4,000 words. Pieces longer than 4,000 words will not be considered.

We welcome all genres, including literary, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, surrealist, magical realism, and any others, or blend of others.

Please provide the title of your story when prompted for a title for your submission. Please only submit one story at a time.

File types accepted: Word (.doc and .docx).

If you find you are unable to submit to this form due to a prior submission, please allow us time to review your submission first before submitting to us again. For declinations, you may submit again after receiving a notice of declination. For acceptances, you may submit again after publication. Contact us with any questions. 

We are interested in creative nonfiction (memoir and personal essay) with contemporary themes. No literary criticism.

Blue Earth Review is most interested in essays that are under 3,000 words. We love nonfiction that works on more than just a narrative level. Surprise us with metaphor and layers of meaning. We can't wait to read your work!

Please provide the title of your piece when prompted for a title for your submission. Please only submit one work at a time.

File types accepted: Word (.doc and .docx).

If you find you are unable to submit to this form due to a prior submission, please allow us time to review your submission first before submitting to us again. For declines, you may submit again after receiving a notice of declination. For acceptances, you may submit again after publication. Contact us with any questions.

We consider poetry in any style.

Please limit poetry submissions to no more than five poems or 10 pages at a time, and place all poems in a single document. 

If you wish to withdraw just part of your submission, please send an email notifying us which poems are still available. Withdrawing the entire submission through Submittable will remove all of your poems from consideration.

Please only submit one poetry submission at a time. 

File types accepted: Word (.doc and .docx).

If you find you are unable to submit to this form due to a prior submission, please allow us time to review your submission first before submitting to us again. For declinations, you may submit again after receiving a notice of declination. For acceptances, you may submit again after publication. Contact us with any questions.

We publish full-color reproductions of a wide range of artwork: paintings, photography, woodcuts, ink drawings, sculpture, and more. Generally, we feature one work on the front cover plus an interior layout of several additional works and an artist bio and statement. Our preference is for groupings that display an engaging variety within some overall thematic unity, which highlights originality, the artist’s individuality, mastery of medium, and technical virtuosity. We publish in a small, square, focused format, so we gravitate towards works which transfer well to this size and elicit a strong, immediate reaction. Submissions must include at least nine and up to sixteen related images. You may submit up to twice a year. Editors reserve the right to select which of your submitted pieces will be published.

Donors at each level will be listed for the year and receive a complimentary subscription.

Donations of any amount are tax-deductible subject to IRS regulations.

Buy issues of Blue Earth Review.


1 Issue - $6.50

2 Issues - $10.00

5 Issues - $20.00


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