Spring 2014

Prem Charan, “Loneliness”


This year marks the fifth year anniversary of the existence of Barely South Review, and our identity has never been clearer. Leading off this issue, we have a short story by Hans Klein, followed by poems and flash fiction (which we want more of, so send them our way), and a nonfiction piece by Renee Nicholson to close the issue.

Three of the writers in this issue—Emily Allen, Kourtnie McKenzie, and Hans Klein—read at Naked City Brewery during AWP for our off-site event in late February. We were also fortunate enough to have past contributors read: Billie Tadros and Erika Sklar, as well as Caleb True, who is now on the Barely South staff. Look for us at AWP next year, when Michael Alessi, our incoming managing editor, will be planning another event.

And so when we open for submissions again in September, Michael will be at the helm. He brings tons of talent, fresh ideas, and an unparalleled work ethic. Send him lots of flash fiction: Michael’s piece, Ocean View, was the recipient of New Delta Review’s 2013 Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction.

We’ll be officially announcing winners of the 2014 Norton Girault Literary Prize for Nonfiction, judged by Claire Dederer, in the coming days. So check back soon!

Enjoy the issue.

Geoff Watkinson, Managing Editor


Table of Contents

What the Fire Takes [Fiction]
Almanac [Poetry]
Jelly [Poetry]
The Pull [Flash Fiction]
Listen [Poetry]
Petite Smacks [Poetry]
My Mother—She Tried to Save a Crow [Flash Fiction]
Unburdened [Flash Fiction]
The Shadow Horse Your Father Gave You [Flash Fiction]
I Keep My Secrets Underground [Poetry]
Fifteen [Poetry]
A Royal in Appalachia [Nonfiction]