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Submission Guidelines


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Barely South Review seeks original, unpublished works of nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and art. We have two reading periods:

  • 1 September – 1 December for our Spring Issue.
  • 1 January – 1 April for our Fall Issue.

We welcome works that explore boundaries, the process of creation, and our relationship to the world around us. The selection process is extremely competitive, so send us your very best work.

Art submissions including photography, painting, graphics, and comics will be considered for the cover of Barely South Review, as well as for the inside spread. Works must not have appeared elsewhere (other than on the artist’s personal website). Formats accepted include .jpg, .gif, .tiff, and .png.

Along with your submission, please provide a short cover letter including your contact information and a brief bio. Please only make one submission per reading period.

Barely South Review uses Submittable to process submissions. This allows for better, more timely contact with those who send us their work. There is a link at the bottom of this page. Your submission must be in Word or Rich Text format (.doc or .rtf) format. The system will not accept other formats, including .pdf.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us of this fact in your cover letter; and please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Barely South Review acquires only the first serial publication rights of accepted work.

Copyright is asserted on behalf of the author; all reprint rights (print or electronic) revert to the author upon publication, but we ask that you mention Barely South Review as first publication appearance.

Genre Submission Details:

FOR POEMS AND SHORT-SHORTS: When submitting multiple poems or short-shorts, each piece should be uploaded to Submittable separately; please do not cut and paste all of your submissions into one document for uploading.

PROSE MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING GUIDELINES: Fiction and nonfiction submissions must be double-spaced, and the word count must be included in the header.

Poetry: 3-5 poems (submitted individually)

Fiction: 1 short story (not to exceed 7000 words).

Flash Fiction: Submit up to three flash pieces of less than 1000 words each. Submit each piece separately.

Creative Nonfiction: 1 essay (not to exceed 7000 words). Excerpts from longer works are acceptable as long as they adhere to our word maximum and can stand alone as essays independent of the larger work.

Flash Nonfiction: Submit up to three flash pieces of less than 1000 words each. Submit each piece separately.

Art: 3-5 separate pieces (submitted individually).


The 2016 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction:

The Norton Girault Literary Prize, which alternates genres on a yearly basis, will be offered in 2016 in Fiction. Submit one manuscript (double-spaced, 12 point font, one-inch margins all around) of no more than 5,000 words. The Entry Fee is $10. Multiple entries must be submitted individually, but each must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee. Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize: $500 and publication in Barely South Review Fall 2016

2nd Prize: Honorable Mention and publication in Barely South Review Fall 2016

The Norton Girault Literary Prize is named after Norton Girault



And we are delighted to announce that our

Judge for the 2016 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction will be:

John McManus

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1977, John McManus lives and works in Cape Charles, Virginia. John McManus is the author of three widely praised books of fiction that have been reviewed in over 100 print publications, including the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. In 2000 he became the youngest-ever recipient of the prestigious Whiting Writers Award for Stop Breakin Down.



  • Entries must be sent electronically through Submittable (go to https://barelysouth.submittable.com/submit and look for “Norton Girault Prize” under the categories)
  • This international prize competition is open to all writers who write in English, except MFA Creative Writing students at Old Dominion University. No translated works will be accepted.
  • All submissions must be original and previously unpublished (print, blog, or web publications included).
  • Format and Manuscript Length: A clean, typewritten or computer-processed (12 point font, double-spaced, one-inch margins all around) copy of the entry must be submitted (for fiction and nonfiction, of no more than 5,000 words).
  • Entry must be paginated, and have one (1) title page (see bullet below) with no identifying author information on the manuscript pages. Each entry must not exceed 5,000 words in length.
  • Entrants may submit more than one piece to the competition, as long as an entry fee of $10 accompanies each individual submission.
  • Reading fee: $10.00 US dollars
  • Electronic Submission deadline: Midnight, April 15, 2016; results announced in May.
  • In the event that the judge does not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, Barely South Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or to cancel the award in a given year

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