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©2018 Barren Magazine. An Alt.Lit Introspective.


Always Open. Always Free.

Submission deadline for Issue No.3 is September 30, 2018 at 11:59 EST.

*We will reply to all Issue No.3 submissions by October 15. All submissions received after September 30 will be considered for Issue No.4.

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 Barren Magazine prefers previously unpublished material, but may accept previously published material as long as authors own its copyright and provide appropriate attribution.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 limit writing submissions to six (6) pieces at a time. There is no word count limit, but pieces with more than 5,000 words (or 2+ pages for poetry) require a longer response time and are less likely to be published. Please limit photography pieces to twenty (20) at a time. 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.

To submit material, please email the following information in the format below to

  • Name (as you would like printed)
  • Email
  • 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

Emailed submissions may be inline or as attachments. Please use a standard font type and double-space all fiction and essays.

For photography submissions that exceed email size allowance, please share them via Google Drive to

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!