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 1 for the Spring issue, and January 1 - March 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We welcome original and previously unpublished works that interpret the pleasures of writing to discover both meaningful structure and the pathways to surprise.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.
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 in the header. Paragraphs must be indented. Please avoid any nonstandard formatting or alternative fonts.
Poetry: Up to 5 poems. Submit each piece separately.
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.
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.