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12/24/21: We are looking for a new Fiction Editor, as well as readers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Poetry submissions will reopen on 1/1/2022 
Letter from the Editor


Dear Reader,

It has been a long couple of years, to say the least. 

In the thick of the initial lockdown, I wasn’t sure whether to continue with Green Briar Review. This has been (and continues to be) a passion project that started on a summer weekend in 2012 when I told myself—let me start that little literary journal that I’ve been thinking about for the past year. And so I did. What has resulted continues to amaze. And that is because of you.

Green Briar Review will continue. I believe there is a place for a literary journal like GBR in our crazy world. We are independent. We answer to no one. We don’t have advertisements. We may not be the prettiest (although a new website is coming in 2022), or the most popular, but we are a space that is difficult to find anymore: we are a creative, independent publisher in a world of polarization. We will continue like this for as long as GBR exists.

We welcome submissions from the entire literary world. We seek work from writers and artists who represent a wide range of voices and lived experiences, and we are 100% dedicated to amplifying the voices of those traditionally marginalized in the literary conversation.

Coming out of our hibernation, we are rebuilding our staff. We will be announcing a new Poetry Editor on January 1, when we reopen poetry submissions. We remain open for fiction and nonfiction submissions.

We are looking, as well, for the following positions, which you can apply to via our Submittable page (more details there):

Fiction Editor (1)

Fiction Readers (2)

Poetry Readers (2)

Nonfiction Readers (2) 

Come on board. You’ll find a collaborative space where your perspective matters, and you can help carry on this important work. And it is important.

As editors and readers, we are gatekeepers. As such, we are committed to adding editors and readers to GBR that, with the completed masthead, will offer a wonderful representation of the diverse voices and experiences of the writers/poets/artists we aim to publish.  

The summer of 2022 will mark a decade of existence for GBR. Over the next few months, we will continue to announce some exciting plans—new staff members, a new website, and new contests. 

We hope you continue to join us on this journey. 

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Geoff Watkinson
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Green Briar Review