2016 Summer Contest Judges!

We are excited to announce the 2016 Blue Mesa Review Summer Contest judges! Send us your best work in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Our Poetry judge is Ocean Vuong! Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper… Continue Reading

Top 5 White Male Authors, Selected by a White Male Author

In case you missed leading white male publication, Esquire’s, comprehensive history of the white male author (originally titled “The Greatest Books Ever Written”), Blue Mesa Review brings you a re-boot. These authors are venerated in academia and literary circles alike… Continue Reading

Happy Holidays from Dysfunctional Literary Families

The holidays are coming up, and if you need a reminder that maybe, just maybe, your family isn’t the most dysfunctional one on earth, revisit these novels. Warning: contains spoilers! 1. We the Animals by Justin Torres Three brothers endure a… Continue Reading

Announcing the 2014 Fiction Contest Winners

We are delighted to announce our 2014 Fiction Contest Winners. Thank you for you patience with the unexpected delay. Fiction judge Roxane Gay has selected the following short stories: 1st Place: “Vox Clamantis” by Jennifer Down “Everything falls apart while a broken… Continue Reading

Top 5 Genre Bending Works

The following five works have redefined the parameters of literary fiction, borrowing the lenses of disparate genres to evaluate and illuminate the human condition. All this while sidestepping the stamp of genre-fiction. 1. Jonathon Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn  Lethem’s lauded Motherless… Continue Reading