(We are still open for photography submissions. Please see below for details.)


Poetry: we accept up to 3 poems per submission
Flash Fiction: we accept 1 story per submission
Short Fiction: we accept 1 story per submission
Creative Nonfiction: we accept 1 story per submission

There is no cap on photography submissions. Photography submissions are always open on a rolling basis.

Barren Magazine accepts flash fiction, short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction about the complexities of the human condition. We also accept photography — all images in Barren Magazine are original. Please read our current issue to get an idea of what catches our eye. Each submission period has its own set of prompts, but these are more for shaping issues. We do not accept or reject material based on whether it aligns with prompts.

Barren Magazine accepts simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We prefer previously unpublished material, but may accept previously published material as long as authors own its copyright and provide appropriate attribution.

Please follow the guidelines below based on the type of material you are submitting. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be returned to sender and must be properly resubmitted to be considered for publication.

Please submit written material to only one written medium (i.e. poetry) per reading period (do not send poetry and fiction/nonfiction for the same issue). You may, however, submit both writing and photography.

For all submissions, please include the following in the email body:

  • Name (as you would like printed)
  • Email address
  • Title(s) (brief descriptions welcome)
  • 3rd person bio (please limit to 100 words)
  • Author website (as applicable)
  • Author Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram links (as applicable)
  • Author Photo (recommended, 600 x 600 pixels preferred)

Content should be emailed as an attachment (.doc, .docx, 12 point Times New Roman preferred). Please do not include personal information on the document itself — title and content only, please. All writing submissions go through multiple review levels, and we prefer to read all submissions without author identifiers. All personal information as requested above should be in the email body or as a separate attachment. 

Please indicate the type of submission and author first and last name in the email title (i.e. Poetry – Sam Smith)

To submit POETRY, send up to 3 poems (max 2 pages each) to (If you are submitting more than one poem, please send them as one attached document with each poem on a separate page. Please do not send each poem as a separate attachment, or in the body of the email.)

To submit FLASH FICTION (<1,000 words), send 1 piece to

To submit FICTION (1,000-4,000 words), send 1 piece to

To submit CREATIVE NONFICTION (<3,000 words), send 1 piece to Flash CNF is welcome!

To submit PHOTOGRAPHY, please share your collection via Google Drive at BarrenPhotographySubmissions@gmail.comIf you do not have access to Google Drive, please email photographs as attachments or in a .zip file to the address above. Please limit photography pieces to twenty (20) at a time. We will consider exceptions if specific collections house more than twenty photos. We are more likely to publish photos in landscape mode that fit our design aesthetic that center around everyday life: architecture, nature, locales, landscapes, people, urban decay, etc. We also like abstract photos. The more gritty and creative, the better. Please downscale large photos to a maximum of 1920px wide (our preferred size) before submitting. Please title your collection. Please note that we may select accepted photos to accompany a piece of writing and/or to use as headers on our website and promotional materials (we will always provide proper attribution).

Please allow up to 90 days for a response. We will do our best to get back with you well before this. If you don’t hear back from after this time, please feel free to contact us again. We appreciate a 90 day window before queries are made. We will respond to all submissions.

*You should receive an email confirmation of your submission within minutes of sending. If you do not receive one, please send your submission to and let us know. Email can be fickle, and we want to make sure that nothing gets lost.

If we have published your writing before, please wait 3 reading periods before submitting again. This includes essays with photos attached.

Anyone may submit photographs (sans writing) at any time.

Please also have a look at our statement of safety and inclusion.

Finally, please familiarize yourself with our Copyright/Terms & Conditions/Author Agreement.

We are unable to provide monetary compensation for accepted submissions at this time. We are a team of volunteers, and all funds that we raise go towards administrative costs of running the magazine. We will, however, actively promote you on social media.

Thank you for your interest in Barren Magazine!

Header and promo background photo by the incomparable Icy Blu Daniel.

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