Review defines a hybrid work as one which possesses more than one
meaning-making mode (language, genre, art, anything visual, and/or surprise
us!), in which each mode in some sense exerts a force and changes the other. Hybrid works tend to resist simple identification, though they may
be categorized as prose poems, flash fiction, lyrical short-form essays—the
list goes on. Sometimes they fit these categories, but just as often they do
not. By its nature, hybridity borrows and subverts traditional form to create
anew. Ander Monson writes, that “a hybrid is a thing
that’s not entirely comfortable with the container it’s placed in."* We
are not looking for merely illustrated or decorated text. We expect that the
different modes in a hybrid work will interact with one another to create
something wholly unique.
We have no limitations on form or subject matter, though we ask
that you familiarize yourself with our journal and our aesthetic before you
submit. However, do keep in mind that our word limit is roughly 6,000, though captivating writing and a strong command of
language persuades us to bend this limit.
For submissions of hybrid poetry (if
you identify it thusly): our editors prefer
submissions of up to three poems. Please title your submission with the
name of the works. Please include all pieces in one submission if your pieces
are in the same “genre.” If one (or two) of your pieces is accepted elsewhere but you would still like us to consider
your still-available work, please notify us. Do not withdraw your submission
unless you no longer wish for us to consider any of your pieces.
Please do not submit additional work until you hear back from the editors on
work currently under consideration. Reporting time normally varies from one to
In order to maintain the standard of quality long associated
with Bellingham Review, we have changed to an online-only, fee-based submission
system. The $3 submission fee covers production and promotion costs only; no
person on our staff receives any part. We hope this small fee will be viewed as
a re-appropriation of money that would otherwise be spent on postage and
packing materials, money better spent supporting the literary arts.
* From Riddling the Sphinx, An Introduction to Hybridity, by
Susanne Paola Antonetta