Saturday, February 21, 2015

Barrelhouse Call for Submissions!!!

Submissions (!submissions/cx9l)

Thanks for thinking of us as a home for your work! Unsolicited submissions are the fossil fuel that keeps the Barrelhouse moped puttering along on the side of the literary highway.

We are currently accepting submissions for: the riots section of Issue 15 AND our 90s-themed online issue!

Call for Submissions: Riots

Barrelhouse Issue 15 will feature a special themed section on the topic of riots. Whether that term makes you think of civil disobedience, riot grrrls, sports fans celebrating a championship, Quiet Riot, or something else, we want to read your work. We’re looking for stories, essays, and poems that take this broad theme and turn it into the kind of energetic, fearless work that Barrelhouse loves. We want writing that is going to throw bricks through windows and flip cars and start fires and charge through clouds of tear gas carrying nothing but a stick and a lifetime of outrage. We want you to scare us a little.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2015
PLEASE NOTE: submissions for this topic should be submitted under the special Riots category. General submissions should be listed under the appropriate category
PLEASE NOTE, #2: This call is for a special themed section. The remainder of Issue 15 will not be themed.

Call for Submissions (online issue): The 90s

The dream of the 90s is alive at Barrelhouse!

We’re in search of stories, poems, and essays that celebrate one of the greatest decades in relatively recent history: the 1990s. Whether you take us back or bring it forward, show us how it was all about the Benjamins, saluting your shorts, and whatever pogs were. Make us think about Squeezit, royalty in Bel-Air, and Blind Melon in new, 21st century ways.

Most of all? Put more heart in your work than the Spice Girls, and more danger than Beavis and Butt-Head with rocket launchers.

Magazine Submission Guidelines

Please read these instructions before you submit. We know we aren’t reinventing the wheel here, but it will make it easier on all of us if you have a general sense for what we’re looking for and how we’d like to get it.

We accept submissions through the Submittable online submissions manager. That’s the only way we accept submissions.

No previously published work.

There is no maximum length, although we tend to publish stuff shorter than 8,000 words
Please submit only one piece at a time. Except for poetry. You can submit up to five poems. Everybody else — just one!

We pay $50 to each contributor to our print issues, as well as two contributor copies. So far, online contributors are paid primarily in karma. All contributors are also promised free beer, if we ever run into you in the flesh. If you don’t believe us about the free beer, ask around a little bit. We are frequently tipsy and imprudently generous.
We accept simultaneous submissions — you would have to be insane to be sending your stuff out to one place at a time, right? Seriously. We hope you’ll tell us as soon as possible if you place the work elsewhere, though.

It will probably take us two to three months to get back to you. We try to do that faster, but there are few of us and many of you.
About electronic files: Please only send us word or rich-text (.rtf) files. Seriously. If you send something in a file format that we can’t read, it greatly reduces your chances of publication. For poetry, please submit 3-5 poems as a single document.

New Submission Opportunities!

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SUBMISSION CALL for the April 2015 Issue

Deadline for submissions is set for March 25th for the April edition so get those articles in. I’d like to see how-to's dealing with rejection, articles dealing with manuscript format, articles dealing with everyday life of a writer, conference and workshop news, dealing with editors … you get the picture. If anyone has market news or updates please send those to me as soon as possible.
I would also like to see inspirational articles for each issue – keep the length between 500 and 2000 words.

Please, please get those manuscripts in to us before the 25th.
Also I’d like to stress to each of you the importance of getting in your subscription before the end of the month. Email me if you need a subscription form. You can pay through PAYPAL or by check or money order. The email address for our PAYPAL account is You don’t want to miss a single issue of our magazine. Stay on top of market needs and what’s going on in the writing world. Subscribe today. YOU ALSO GET A FREE CRITIQUE OF ANY STORY, ARTICLE OR 10 PAGES OF POEMS WITH YOUR SUBSCRIPTION THROUGH the duration of your subscription.

Please, please put your name, address and email on each manuscript and shortly following each article add a short bio. Manuscripts will not be read if they don't have names, etc.

Thanks for everything. We need your subscription support so please consider subscribing today.
Marcella Simmons, Editor/Publisher

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Launch and Reading of Book Based in Beara!

Book Launch and Reading
Deadly Intent
by Anna Sweeney

A gripping novel of tangled relationships and shadowy secrets, set in the dramatic surrounds of Ireland's Beara Peninsula on the famed Atlantic coastline.

Deirdre Purcell will launch Deadly Intent, Anna Sweeney (aka Anna Heussaff) will read from her book and answer questions, and Deirdre Purcell will read from her latest book, Aengus Finucane: In the Heart of Concern.

Friday, 27 February 2015, 8:30 P.M., Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat, Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork
Donations gratefully accepted in aid of the Beara Community School's Project "100 Years of Hope"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Missouri Review 2015 Audio Competition

The Missouri Review is looking for your short audio documentaries, stories, poems, and humor pieces for our 2015 Audio Contest. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the winner in each category.

Your pay-by-donation entry fee includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review, complete with a bonus audio version of the magazine.

Winners and select runners-up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our Soundbooth podcast series. Submissions will be judged by TMR’s editors in collaboration with our guest judge, Andrew Leland, who is host and producer of the Organist (, a weekly arts and culture podcast from KCRW and the Believer magazine. He’s also a contributing editor at the Believer (, has taught radio and writing at the Missouri School of Journalism, and has edited books for Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Vintage, and elsewhere.

This opportunity is open to both emerging and established artists—we are most of all concerned with finding strong work, which is why I particularly wanted to pass on the word to writers involved with Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat. I would very much appreciate it if you could let folks there know about our contest by posting the attached fliers somewhere where they’ll get attention, or by forwarding this message to any email lists or newsletters that might have an interest.

Deadline: March 15th, 2015.

For details, or to submit, please visit our website: