Barely South Review seeks original, unpublished works of nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and art. We have two reading periods:

  • 1 September – 1 November for our Spring Issue.
  • 15 January – 15 March for our Fall Issue.

We welcome works that explore boundaries, the process of creation, and our relationship to the world around us. The selection process is extremely competitive, so send us your very best work. Accepted works recieve a free print copy of the journal as payment.

Art submissions including photography, painting, graphics, and comics will be considered for the cover of Barely South Review, as well as for the inside spread. Works must not have appeared elsewhere (other than on the artist’s personal website). Formats accepted include .jpg, .gif, .tiff, and .png.

Along with your submission, please provide a short cover letter including your contact information and a brief bio. Please only make one submission per reading period.

Barely South Review uses Submittable to process submissions. This allows for better, more timely contact with those who send us their work. There is a link at the bottom of this page. Your submission must be in Word or Rich Text format (.doc or .rtf) format. The system will not accept other formats, including .pdf.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us of this fact in your cover letter, and please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Barely South Review acquires only the first serial publication rights of accepted work. Copyright is asserted on behalf of the author; all reprint rights (print or electronic) revert to the author upon publication, but we ask that you mention Barely South Review as first publication appearance.

Genre Submission Details:

FOR POEMS AND FLASH PIECES: When submitting multiple poems or flash pieces, each piece should be uploaded to Submittable separately. Please do not cut and paste all of your submissions into one document for uploading.

PROSE MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING GUIDELINES: Fiction and nonfiction submissions must be double-spaced, and the word count must be included on the first page.

Poetry: Up to 5 poems (submitted individually)

Fiction: 1 short story (not to exceed 7000 words).

Flash Fiction: Up to 3 flash pieces of less than 1000 words each. Submit each piece separately.

Creative Nonfiction: 1 essay (not to exceed 7000 words). Excerpts from longer works are acceptable as long as they adhere to our word maximum and can stand alone as essays independent of the larger work.

Flash Nonfiction: Up to 3 flash pieces of less than 1000 words each. Submit each piece separately.

Art: Up to 6 pieces.