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Barely South Review

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction


Flash Nonfiction




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Barely South Review began as The Dominion Review, an annual student literary journal housed at Old Dominion University in 1983. In 2008, the journal relaunched under the name Barely South Review as an online biannual publication staffed by students of the MFA program.

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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 1001

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary

Please submit each piece separately.

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 1001

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: , ,

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.

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Please submit each piece separately.


Max pieces: 5

Please submit all poems in one document. We will cap poetry submissions at 300.


Max pieces: 5

Art submissions, including photography, painting, graphics, and comics, will be considered for the cover of Barely South Review.


Max pieces: 5

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    If you are making multiple submissions of poetry please place them all in one document. For short-shorts/ flash, each piece should be uploaded to Submittable separately. Please do not cut and paste all of your submissions into one document. Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts must be 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins all around, and the word count must be included on the first page. Paragraphs must be indented. Please avoid any nonstandard formatting or alternative fonts.

  • Author's rights

    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.

  • Additional info

    The best way to get a clear sense of our tastes is to explore our recent issues. You may submit to multiple genres. Please only make one submission per reading period.

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Total submissions tracked

106 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

7 days

Fastest response time

232 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 297 days

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Barely South Review is the literary journal of the Creative Writing program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. We are dedicated to publishing prose, poetry, and art from both emerging and established writers and artists. Our name refers to our home – the coastal Tidewater region of southeast...

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    Editor Serenity Marshall avatar

    Serenity Marshall


    Editor Tope Larayetan avatar

    Tope Larayetan

    Poetry Editor

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    Quentin Steadman

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Veni Fields avatar

    Veni Fields

    Nonfiction Editor