Skirting the edge of the American South, Barely South Review is the literary journal of the Creative Writing MFA program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

Barely South Review has two submission periods each year: September 1 - November 30 for the Spring issue, and January 1 - April 1 for the Fall issue. We seek general works of non-fiction, poetry, fiction, and art.

We welcome original and previously unpublished works that interpret the pleasures of writing to discover both meaningful structure and the pathways to surprise. Simultaneous submissions are fine, 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 is now accepting artwork (photography, painting, graphics, etc.) submissions! 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.

Poetry: 3-5 poems

Fiction: 1 short story (not to exceed 7000 words) or 3 short-shorts (each not to exceed 1,000 words).

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

Interviews & feature articles: We’re happy to consider your interviews and feature articles–but please query first.

Art: 3-5 separate pieces

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

Ends on April 1, 2018$10.00
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Old Dominion University's MFA Creative Writing Program and Barely South Review are pleased to announce the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry! Submit one previously unpublished poem of no more than 1,000 words via our Submittable portal on or before April 1st, 2017.


1st Prize will receive $400 and publication in Barely South Review.

2nd Prize will receive $100 and publication in Barely South Review.


The Norton Girault Literary Prize is named after Norton Girault:

http://www.lib.odu.edu/litfest/32nd/girault.htm

http://hamptonroads.com/2009/10/odu-literary-festival-wrods-still-matter-91yearold-writer


Our judge for the 2018 Poetry Contest is LUISA A. IGLORIA, who is the author of 13 books of poetry and 2 chapbooks. She has four daughters and now makes her home in Virginia with most of her family. She is a Professor of Creative Writing and English, and from 2009-2015 was Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University.

Her work has appeared or been accepted in numerous anthologies and journals including New England Review, The Common, Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, The Missouri Review, Indiana Review, Poetry East, Umbrella, Sweet, qarrtsiluni, poemeleon, Smartish Pace, Rattle, The North American Review, Bellingham Review, Shearsman(UK), PRISM International (Canada), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), The Asian Pacific American Journal, and TriQuarterly.

Various national and international literary awards include the 2015 (inaugural) Resurgence Poetry Prize (the world’s first major ecopoetry award), the 2014  May Swenson Poetry Prize selected by Mark Doty for ODE TO THE HEART SMALLER THAN A PENCIL ERASER (Utah State University Press, 2014); the 2009 Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize for JUAN LUNA’S REVOLVER(University of Notre Dame Press); the 2007 49th Parallel Poetry Prize (selected by Carolyne Wright for the Bellingham Review); the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Prize (selected by former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for the North American Review); Honorable Mention in the 2010 Potomac Review Poetry Contest; Finalist in the first Narrative Poetry Contest (2009); Finalist, the 2007 Indiana Review Poetry Prize; the 2006 National Writers Union Poetry Prize (selected by Adrienne Rich); the 2006 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize (Crab Orchard Review); the 2006 Stephen Dunn Award for Poetry; Finalist, the 2005 George Bogin Memorial Award for Poetry (Poetry Society of America); the 2004 Fugue Poetry Prize(selected by Ellen Bryant Voigt); Finalist, the 2003 Larry Levis Editors Prize for Poetry from The Missouri Review; Finalist, the 2003 Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press); the first Sylvia Clare Brown Fellowship, Ragdale Foundation (2007); a 2003 partial fellowship to the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg; two Pushcart Prize nominations; a 1998 Fellowship at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Lasswade, the Midlothians, Scotland; and the 1998 George Kent Award for Poetry.   

COMPETITION RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
• Entries must be sent electronically through Submittable (go to https://barelysouth.submittable.com/submit and look for “Norton Girault Prize” under the categories)
• Reading fee: $10.00 US dollars
• This international prize competition is open to all writers who write in English, except MFA Creative Writing students at Old Dominion University. No translated works will be accepted.
• All submissions must be original and previously unpublished (print, blog, or web publications included).
• Format and Manuscript Length: A clean, typewritten or computer-processed (12 point font, double-spaced, one-inch margins all around) copy of the entry must be submitted (up to 1,000 words).
• Entry must be paginated with no identifying author information on the manuscript pages.
• Entrants may submit more than once to the competition, as long as an entry fee of $10 accompanies each individual submission.
• Electronic Submission deadline is Midnight, April 1, 2017; results announced in May.
• In the event that the judge does not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, Barely South Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or to cancel the award in a given year.
Ends on April 1, 2018

You may submit one story (up to 7,000 words) per reading period. Please submit flash fiction (pieces shorter than 1000 words) to our separate flash fiction category.

Manuscripts must be double-spaced and the word count must be in the header.

 

Ends on April 1, 2018
Submit up to three flash pieces of less than 1000 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 double-spaced and the word count must be in the header.

Ends on April 1, 2018

You may submit one essay 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. Interviews & feature articles: We’re happy to consider your interviews and feature articles–but please query first (odu.creative.writing@gmail.com).

Manuscripts must be double-spaced and the word count must be in the header.

Ends on April 1, 2018
Submit up to three flash pieces of less than 1000 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 double-spaced and the word count must be in the header.

Ends on April 1, 2018

3-5 poems may be submitted during a single submission period.

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, we have found the multiple upload option in Submittable does not meet our needs. Therefore we are moving back to individual file uploads, which means each poem must be submitted separately.

Art
Ends on April 1, 2018

Barely South Review is now accepting artwork submissions! Your original works of art including photography, painting, graphics, etc. could be featured on the cover of Barely South Review, as well as on an inside spread. 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.