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, but we ask that you please let us know immediately if your work is accepted somewhere else. Barren Magazine prefers previously unpublished material, but may accept previously published material as long as authors own its copyright and provide appropriate attribution.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 should be emailed as an attachment, .doc preferred, Times New Roman preferred.

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

To submit POETRY, send up to 3 poems (max 2 pages each) to

To submit FLASH FICTION (<1,000 words), send up to 2 pieces to

To submit FICTION (1,000-4,000 words), send up to 2 pieces to

To submit CREATIVE NONFICTION (up to 4,000 words), send up to 2 pieces to

To submit PHOTOGRAPHY, please share your collection via Google Drive at

If 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 (increased contrast, muted colors, monochrome) that center around everyday life, architecture, nature, locales, landscapes, people, urban decay, etc. Please downscale large photos to a maximum of 1920px wide before submitting.

Please include appropriate attribution for previously published material.

Please allow up to six (6) 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.

*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. Anyone may submit photography 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.


Thank you for your interest in Barren Magazine!

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