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We welcome original and previously unpublished works that interpret the pleasures of writing to discover both meaningful structure and the pathways to surprise.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.

$ 10.00

Old Dominion University's MFA Creative Writing Program and Barely South Review are pleased to announce the 2017 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction! Submit one previously unpublished short story of no more than 5,000 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 2017 Creative Nonfiction Contest is Karen Salyer McElmurray. Karen writes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her memoir, Surrendered Child, won the AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction and was listed as a “notable book” by the National Book Critics Circle. She is also the author of Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven (University of Georgia Press), a novel that won the Lillie Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing and, most recently, The Motel of the Stars, part of the 2009 Linda Bruckheimer Series from Sarabande Books.  Her work has received numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is frequently a visiting writer and lecturer at a variety of programs and reading series.    

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 5,000 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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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.

Ends on April 1, 2017
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, 2017
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.