“On Friendship and Loss”

In our first themed issue, we are excited to read works that address friendship and loss. We are being purposely vague, as we want you to allow this gentle nudge to unleash your creativity. What does this mean to you? How will it show up in your work? We are ready to be surprised, delighted, and enchanted by how “On Friendship and Loss” takes shape.

Barely South Review seeks original, unpublished works of nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and art.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

  • 25 August 25 October for our Winter/Spring issue.
  • 15 January – 15 March for our Summer/Fall issue.

Art submissions, including photography, painting, graphics, and comics, will be considered for the cover of Barely South Review. 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 note this 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:

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. Please submit all poems in one document. We will cap Poetry submissions at 300.

Fiction: 1 short story (not to exceed 4000 words).

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

Creative Nonfiction: 1 essay (not to exceed 4000 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. Please submit each piece separately.

Art: Up to 5 pieces.