In Fall 2020, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish an issue on the theme of "Reading the Body." We are seeking writing that explores various ideas of "the body"—through metaphor and language ("heartsick," "lily-livered"); as first responders (to illness, stress, culture, religion, freedom); and as agents of change. When we change emotionally or spiritually, our bodies alter; when our bodies alter, our attitudes and spirit do too. Our bodies tell us our truths, reveal our truths, and sometimes blindside us with truths we may not have known. They sing an eloquent, often unconscious song. We welcome submissions of fiction (2-4K words), creative nonfiction (max: 5K words), and poetry.