Submissions Manager

Thank you for your interest in becoming the Submissions Manager for Barren Magazine. Prior to applying, we ask that you familiarize yourself with our Submission Guidelines.


As Submissions Manager, we would ask that you:

– Manage Flash Fiction, Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry submissions
– Strip submissions of identifiers (as applicable) and send to appropriate channels for blind reading
– Add and organize submissions within the existing spreadsheets or create your own organizational system
– Respond to submission status inquiries
– Work with the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editors on ways to improve the submission process
– Assist with sending acceptances and rejections, as necessary
– Consistently devote an average of 6-10 hours per week during open submission periods


– Strong organizational skills
– Strong communication skills
– Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, Google Docs
– General knowledge and understanding of literary journal / magazine submission processes is preferred


Send a document with the following information to

Your name (as you would like it printed):
Your social media profile links (@_____ handles):
A brief bio (100 words or less; third person):
A profile photo (see our Masthead section for examples):
An idea or two of how you might make the role of Submissions Manager your own:
What drew you to apply for this position?

Resumes / CVs are encouraged, but not required.

This is a volunteer position. Candidates must be willing to communicate on a daily basis via email, Slack, and social media.

Volunteers are not required to promote Barren Magazine on social media, but must take care in being professional and positive when speaking on behalf of the magazine.

Barren Magazine is an equal opportunity entity. All volunteers must attest to and abide by our Statement on Safety and Inclusion.

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