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©2018 Barren Magazine. An Alt.Lit Introspective.


Always Open. Always Free.

We are currently reading (1200+) submissions for Issue No.4. Stay tuned for an announcement regarding submissions for Issues No.5&6. The open submission period for Issue No.5 may be abbreviated or canceled altogether. You are welcome to submit material, but please know it may be considered for Issue No.6. 

*We will reply to all Issue No.4 submissions by November 20. 

Barren Magazine accepts flash fiction, short fiction, poetry, and essays 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. Barren Magazine accepts simultaneous submissions. Barren Magazine prefers previously unpublished material, but may accept previously published material as long as authors own its copyright and provide appropriate attribution. Please follow the instructions below based on the type of material you are submitting:

For all submissions, please include the following:

  • Name (as you would like printed)
  • Email address
  • Title(s) (brief descriptions welcome)
  • Short bio (please limit to 100 words. Third person preferred.)
  • Author website (as applicable)
  • Author Facebook and Twitter links (as applicable)
  • Author Photo

Content may be inline or as an attachment, .doc preferred, plain font.

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


To submit POETRY, please send up to 3 poems per reading period to

To submit FLASH FICTION (up to 1,000 words), please send up to 2 pieces per reading period to

To submit SHORT FICTION (1,001+ words), please send up to 2 pieces per reading period to

To submit CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAYS, please send up to 2 pieces per reading period to

To submit PHOTOGRAPHY, please send your collection to

You may also share photography via Google Drive to

Photos should be attachments, not inline. 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 (increased contrast, muted colors) that center around everyday life, architecture, nature, locales, landscapes, urban decay, etc. Please downscale large photos to a maximum of 2500px wide before submitting.


Please include appropriate attribution for previously published material.

Please allow up to four (4) weeks for a response. If you don’t hear back from us within this time, please feel free to contact us again. We will respond to all submissions.

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


Thank you for your interest in Barren Magazine!