Blue Ash Review Submissions

UCBA students, faculty, and staff can submit their work to the Blue Ash Review at any time. See all the various categories and instructions below.

Open Submissions

We accept open submissions in poetry, fiction, short plays, lyric essays, and memoir in June, July, and August of each year. Responses are from September through November of the same year. See submission requirements for each category.


Text Submissions

Poetry

We consider free verse, formal verse, or experimental poetry that leads us through its subject with depth and surprise; that demonstrates skill with language and form. Send 3-5 poems, 8-page maximum per submission.

Fiction

We consider character-driven fiction that explores the human experience from a variety of perspectives. No mysteries, detective stories, sci-fi, or other sub-genre forms. 10 pages, double-spaced, maximum. We will consider excerpts from longer works.

Non-fiction Prose

We consider lyrical essays, memoir, personal essays approaching the writer’s relationship to a broader subject (2,000-4,000 words), and book reviews (500-750 words).

Short Plays

We consider one-act or 10-minute plays (5-page limit), short dramatic monologues, or a short scene from a full-length play (include a brief synopsis of the full play).

Submit work in print form by USPS, or send as an email attachment in either .rtf or .doc file formats to:

Rhonda Pettit, Ph.D.
Professor and Editor, Blue Ash Review
Department of English & Communication
University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College
9555 Plainfield Road
Blue Ash, Ohio  45236
rhonda.pettit@uc.edu


Audio / Visual Submissions

Audio Recordings

We consider audio recordings of individual poems or short prose works read aloud by the author; individual songs performed solo or with accompaniment; experimental audio works and sound poetry. No audio submissions may be longer than three minutes. File format for audio submissions is MP3 at 128 Kbps or better. Up to three pieces may be submitted for consideration.  

Video Recordings

We consider video recordings of individual poems or short prose works read by the author; individual songs performed solo or with accompaniment; experimental video works, performance art and sound poetry. No video submissions may be longer than three minutes. File format for video submissions is H.264 Quicktime (.mov) files with ACC (MP4) audio at 1280x720 resolution. Up to three pieces may be submitted for consideration.

Photography and Visual Art (2-D)

We consider black-and-white or color photography. All art and other 2-D visual media submitted must be high-resolution images to accommodate potential print publication. Submit art and visual media in the following file formats: .jpeg (high res); .pdf (high res); .tif; .psd; .eps; or .png. Up to ten images may be submitted for consideration.

Send art, photographs and media submissions on CD-ROM disc, DVD-ROM disc or flash drive to:

H. Michael Sanders
Professor and Assistant Editor for Media, Blue Ash Review
Department of Electronic Media Communications
University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College
9555 Plainfield Road
Blue Ash, Ohio 45236


Contact Information

Rhonda Pettit
Phone: (513) 745-8319
Email: rhonda.pettit@uc.edu