Now embarking on its fifth decade of publication, Blue Unicorn appears in October, February and June. The magazine is 40 pages, narrow digest-sized, finely printed, saddle-stapled, with some art. Features 35-45 poems in each issue, all styles, with the focus on craftmanship. Receives about 1500 submissions a year, publishes up to 150.
The main contact route is by e-mail, to staff at blueunicorn dot org. Snail mail works also, to 13 Jefferson Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94903.
SUBSCRIBING TO BLUE UNICORN
Annual subscription rate is $20.00, single copies $8.00. For subscriptions outside the USA please add $15.00 mailing costs, or $5.00 for single copies. Foreign subscribers are requested to make payment in US currency (money order or check payable in such currency). Sample copy, $8.00 with 6″ x 8″ SASE.
We are grateful to the many subscribers who support the magazine by adding contributions―tax deductible, of course―to the basic subscription price.
SUBMITTING TO BLUE UNICORN
Blue Unicorn wants well-crafted poetry of all kinds, in form or free verse, as well as translations. We shun the trite or inane, the soft-centered, the lazy poem. Shorter pieces have a slight edge with us because of layout considerations. Contributors have included James Applewhite, Kim Cushman, Patrick Worth Gray, Joan LaBombard, James Schevill, and Gail White.
Submission may be by e-mail or “snail mail.” If the latter, don’t forget the self-addressed, stamped envelope, and please put name and contact information on every page. If the former, please attach as a file unless formatting is very simple. While a cover letter will not affect our selection, providing a brief bio may save time later. Manuscripts and art submitted must be original and unpublished; no simultaneous submissions, please. Responds in three months, sometimes with brief personal comment. Time between acceptance and publication may be up to twelve months. Pays one copy.
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT BLUE UNICORN
I hope you carry on publishing what I consider one of the best damned literary journals in
—Joseph Salemi, poet and translator, Pace University
Blue Unicorn . . . includes some especially notable poems in traditional forms—unlike
many of the splashier avant-garde mags.
Blue Unicorn is a splendid magazine, beautiful in contents and format . . . One rarely
comes across a magazine so fastidiously produced.
— Charles Edward Eaton
Getting out the Unicorn is a wonderful commitment . . . It pushes back the encroachments
of barbarism―never more evident than in our own years.
— John Pairman Brown, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
I think Blue Unicorn prints as good poetry as any magazine in the States.
— Karl Shapiro
Published by Blue Unicorn, Inc. Printed by FastPrint, Oakland, California. Indexed in Humanities International Complete by EBSCO Publishing, Inc.