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Barren Magazine

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Flash Nonfiction



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A literary publication that features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, photography, and mixed media for hard truths, long stares, and gritty lenses. We revel in the shadow-spaces that make up the human condition, and aim to find antitheses to that which defines us: light in darkness; beauty in ugliness; peace in disarray.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    3 months*
    Editor reported data
    71 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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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: 1000

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 1


Max pieces: 3

each 2 pages max


There is no cap on photography submissions. Limit photography submissions to twenty (20) images at a time. We will consider exceptions if specific collections house more than twenty photos.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Include the following in the email body: Name (as you would like printed) Email address 3rd person bio (limit to 100 words) Optional – Author website and other social media links Recommended – Author photo (600 x 600 pixels preferred)

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    All written content should be emailed as a Microsoft Word attachment. 12-point Times New Roman is preferred. Do not include personal information in the attached document. All writing submissions go through multiple review levels, and we prefer to read all submissions without author identifiers. Your email’s subject line should be the genre followed by your name. (i.e., “Poetry – Sam Smith”).

  • Author's rights

    Barren Magazine reserves one-time, archival, and promotional publishing rights to contributors’ accepted content. Barren Magazine does not reserve exclusive rights — authors maintain ownership of their content and may seek subsequent publication elsewhere.

  • Additional info

    "We prefer previously unpublished material, but may accept previously published work as long as authors own its copyright and provide appropriate attribution."

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

71 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

20 days

Fastest response time

159 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 216 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

68 days

12-month average response time

Submission calls

    All genres



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    Editor Jason D. Ramsey avatar

    Jason D. Ramsey


    Editor Madeleine Corley avatar

    Madeleine Corley

    Managing Editor

    Editor Lee Potts avatar

    Lee Potts

    Poetry Editor

    Editor Em Messall avatar

    Em Messall

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Kira Riley avatar

    Kira Riley

    Fiction Editor

    Editor James McAdams avatar

    James McAdams

    Flash Fiction Editor

    Editor Katherine Tweedle avatar

    Katherine Tweedle

    Flash Fiction Editor

    Editor Corey Miller avatar

    Corey Miller

    Creative Nonfiction Editor

    Editor Ann Kathryn Kelly avatar

    Ann Kathryn Kelly

    Flash Creative Nonfiction Editor