Literary Magazines : Bluestem Magazine

Bluestem Magazine

Bluestem Magazine
Charleston, IL

Circulation: 500
Issues Per Year: Online quarterly and one annual print issue
Manuscripts Per Issue: 70-75
New Writers Per Year: 5-8
Payment Type: Contributor's copy


Established in 1966 as Karamu, our award-winning literary journal is now called Bluestem. We publish poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and art work on our online quarterly and in our annual spring print issue. We only accept online submissions. See website for guidelines.

Submission Information

  • Ethnic
  • Experimental
  • Fiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Prose Poems

Submission Methods
  • Accepts Simultaneous Queries
  • Accepts Multiple Queries
  • Accepts Email Queries

Average Story Length: 4000 words
Story Length Limit: 5000 words


Response Times
Queries: 1-4 months or less
Manuscripts: we don't accept full manuscripts

Additional Information
See submission guidelines at

Contact Information

Olga Abella, Editor

English Department, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920

Phone: 217-581-6297