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We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2024 BLR Literary Prizes! 

As featured on NPR's Morning Edition

NPR’s Neda Ulaby reported on BLR‘s 20th Anniversary, featuring BLR Editor Danielle Ofri, along with author Celeste Ng. Long before Celeste Ng reached stratospheric popularity with Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere, she was an emerging author, whose story “Girls, at Play” appeared in BLR and then won a Pushcart Prize.

Whiting Award Winner

BLR was awarded a Whiting Literary Magazine Prize for
“excellence in publishing, advocacy for writers, and a unique contribution to the strength of the overall literary community.”

BLR Off the Page


The Foreign Cinema

One day in those first months after her mother’s death, Cenem resolved to finally see Los Angeles. She’d spent the afternoon at one of the cheap matinees, seeing Casablanca yet again, and after, went directly to the used bookstore off Taksim Square in search of a copy of Baedecker’s California.

20th Anniversary Editorial Roundtable

In honor of BLR’s 20th anniversary, we’ve invited editors past and present to offer reflections on the BLR’s founding and its evolution over two decades of publishing.

Interview: Yalitza Ferreras

English has now become my primary language, although I experience it as a syllabic language, which I attribute to my brain being wired for Spanish.

How Air Moves

Underneath is a body cast, my new ectoskeleton, my nautilus, crawled into, where I live now.

Before Another CT Scan

Think your lungs a forest cleared./
Your breath winged/
as if it had a better place to go

Book Review: Poets on Prozac

For every Sylvia Plath there was a William Carlos Williams; one was well-known for writing through the lens of her afflictions while the other’s legacy remains his imagery and not the psychotherapy he sought out late in life.

Ear Examined

A trickster, the ear. Making us believe/
what eyes deny or hearts might doubt,

Off The Page: Tattoos

Galen Schram reads from his prize-wining story, “Tattoos” from BLR Issue 40.

School Shooting

After today’s rain/
all that’s left/
of the planets/
green and pink

Praise & Recognition