Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts was founded in 2002 by the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc.  The journal is currently published by the VCU Department of English; Cofounder Mary Flinn, former director of New Virginia Review, continues as one of the journal's senior editors.

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Or consider applying for a an MFA in Creative Writing and having a chance to work for Blackbird.

Since the formal startup in 2001 and the first issue in 2002, many individuals have worked to make Blackbird a success. The journal has joined together undergraduate, MA, MFA and PhD students, alumni, and community volunteers and has evolved, over thirteen years, protocols and best practices for manuscript screening , copyflow, media production, and online publishing.

Undergraduate and graduate students may apply to work for Blackbird as interns.  Intern alums, English department alums, and community members with an interest or relevant experience may also apply as volunteers. Journal staff have the opportunity to work with manuscript selection, copyediting, audio capture and editing, photo editing, and page building.

Blackbird journal displayed on a laptop beside promotional journal postcards..
You’ll never hear us say that we’ve run out of copies.
An online journal like Blackbird foregoes the worry of printers, press runs, warehousing, and distribution, not to mention the unmendable errata of print. Anyone with access to the internet and an XP era computer or better, or a mobile device, can read, listen to, and watch our contributors’ content (and more than a decade of archived content) on Blackbird for free.  
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Named by storySouth as “best online publication” for 2007, Blackbird continues its mission to cultivate new readers of literature by providing an open-source journal (in the sense that is free to read) for anyone with access to the web.

Upcoming Deadlines

Classes Begin
AUGUST 23, 2018

Add/Drop Deadline
AUGUST 29, 2018

Graduation Application Deadline

Fall Break
OCTOBER 18-21, 2018

Course Withdrawal Deadline
NOVEMBER 2, 2018

Last Day of Classes
DECEMBER 8, 2018



Blackbird journal logo: a stylized blackbird perched on the K of the word Blackbird overlaying the image of a photorealistic moon with a dark blue sky behind. The bird has a red berry in its beak the dot from the letter I in Blackbird.

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British Virginia is a VCU-hosted series of scholarly editions of documents touching on the colony. These texts range from the 16th and 17th-century literature of English exploration to the 19th-century writing of loyalists and other Virginians who continued to identify with Great Britain. Editions appear principally in digital form, freely downloadable. 

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