Barely South Review has two submission periods each year: January 15 - March 15 for the Fall issue, and October 1 - December 1 for the Spring issue. We accept works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art.

We welcome original, previously unpublished works. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please inform us of this in your cover letter; and please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Barely South Review also accepts artwork (photography, painting, graphics, etc.) submissions for possible use on our cover. Works must not have appeared elsewhere (other than on the artist's personal website). Formats accepted include .jpg, .gif, .tiff, and .png. You may submit up to 5 separate works.

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.

Please note: If you are making multiple submissions of poetry or short-shorts, each piece should be uploaded to Submittable separately. Please do not cut and paste all of your submissions into one document.  

Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts must be 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins all around, and the word count must be included on the first page. Paragraphs must be indented. Please avoid any nonstandard formatting or alternative fonts.

Submission guidelines: 

Poetry: Up to 5 poems. Please submit each poem separately.

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 separate pieces.

You may only make one submission per genre per reading period. A submission counts as: 1 traditional story, up to 3 short shorts, up to 5 poems, 1 nonfiction essay, or up to 5 art submissions. You may submit to multiple genres.

Submit up to three flash pieces of less than 1,000 words each.

If you are submitting multiple flash pieces, each must be uploaded as a separate submission. Please do not cut and paste all of your submissions into one document.

Manuscripts must be 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins all around, and the word count must be included on the first page. Paragraphs must be indented. Please avoid any nonstandard formatting.

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You may submit one story (up to 4000 words) per reading period. Please submit flash fiction (pieces shorter than 1000 words) to our separate flash fiction category.

Manuscripts must be 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins all around, and the word count must be included on the first page. Paragraphs must be indented. Please avoid any nonstandard formatting.

You may submit one essay (maximum 4000 words) per reading period.

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.

Manuscripts must be 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins all around, and the word count must be included on the first page. Paragraphs must be indented. Please avoid any nonstandard formatting.

Submit up to three flash pieces of less than 1,000 words each.

If you are submitting multiple flash pieces, each must be uploaded as a  separate submission. Please do not cut and paste all of your submissions into  one document.

Manuscripts must be 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins all around, and the word count must be included on the first page. Paragraphs must be indented. Please avoid any nonstandard formatting.

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You may submit up to 5 poems during a single submission period.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are submitting multiple poems, each MUST be uploaded as a separate submission. Do not cut and paste all of your submissions into one document.

Since we consider each poem individually, the multiple upload option in Submittable does not meet our needs and each poem must be submitted separately. If you have questions or issues with your submission, please reach out to managingeditor@barelysouthreview.com

Barely South Review is now accepting artwork submissions year round! Your original works of art including photography, painting, graphics, etc. could be featured on the cover of Barely South Review, as well as in our online issue. Works must not have appeared elsewhere (other than on the artist's personal website). Formats accepted include .jpg, .gif, .tiff, and .png. You may submit up to 5 separate works.

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