Thanks for submitting your work to Barrelhouse!

Before you proceed, a note about open and closed categories. If you don't see the category that fits your work, we're not open for that thing. We keep submission periods pretty short because we're hoping that helps make our response times shorter, as well. The best way to track submission periods is probably to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook or check back later.

Here are some guidelines:

No previously published work.

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, on the understanding that you’ll tell us if you place the work elsewhere.

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.
It’s that time again, writers! Barrelhouse Books is looking for its next manuscript to publish. This go-round, we’re on the hunt for innovative nonfiction: book-length projects that experiment in some way with form, or take an unusual vector through their subject matter.

We realize that’s a little vague, so what we’re asking for, rather than a full manuscript, is a brief note telling us about your project (via the form below). If it sounds like our kind of thing, we’ll get back to you and ask to see the whole manuscript.

So, what do we want to know?

1. Your name; the title of the book; word count

2. What’s your book about? Just give us a paragraph. This doesn’t need to be a full, detailed synopsis. We want to know what makes the book interesting (to you, and to potential readers). We want to know what makes it different. Are you doing something unusual with form? What's your relationship to the subject matter? We know that describing your book in a paragraph is hard. But we also think it’s a useful exercise. We don’t need to know every little thing—if the description sounds like something that might fit with our catalog, we’ll ask for more.

3. Who are you? Feel free to include whatever biographical information you want us to know. Give us a link to your website, too, if you have one.

Barrelhouse loves to celebrate books just like you do, so let's do that thing together! We're interested in running reviews of books that fit Our Whole Thing. You read Barrelhouse, so you know what we're about. Let that be your guide. And also, these:

Book Review Guidelines:

  • Reviews should focus on recent (last two years) small press titles--especially debuts.
  • Interested in full-length or chapbook-length collections of poetry & prose. Hybrid, graphic, multi-modal--sure! We'll give it a whirl.
  • 750 words or less. Seriously. Please don't send 900 words and think we'll edit that down. Nope. If you have an idea for something longer, ask first.
  • Include publisher, price, pg.#s and word count on the review.
  • Include a link to the publisher's website for purchase. We want to support small presses!
  • Include an image of the cover if possible.
  • No self-published titles, sorry.
  • Open to non-standard reviewing forms, as long as it doesn't distract from the book in question. Proceed with caution.
  • All accepted reviews are subject to editorial suggestions. Obviously.
  • We love you but we can't pay for your reviews at this time.
Note: if you are an author or a publisher who wants to put an ARC into our hands, query first for instructions about how to do that. 


Ends on January 31, 2018
Barrelhouse loves comics. Send us comics for our print issues!

Comics guidelines:
  • We're looking for completed stand-alone pieces, so no strips. If you have a continuous strip to pitch, send it as a blog submission and address it to both editors Sheila and Killian.
  • Please send completed comics. No scripts or pitches.
  • For initial submission, upload a .jpeg file that's 300 dpi. If it's accepted, we'll ask for higher res. PDFs are also fine, but make sure you can send a .jpeg or .png if accepted. They will be printed in greyscale, so we prefer comics already in b&w.
  • Since these comics will be printed, they must be formatted to fit and read well within our parameters of 5x8" (We print at 6x9" with a 1" gutter). 
  • Page limit is 8 max.
  • Important info regarding previous publishing: If you've published your piece in a comics anthology or on your website, that's totally ok. Send it along! However, we are not looking for pieces which have already been published by another lit mag.
  • Submissions take a while to read, so expect to wait up to 3 months for a response! (I appreciate your patience!) 

Ends on January 31, 2018

Barrelhouse is proud to announce that we’re partnering with Submittable to launch the 2018 Barrelhouse Amplifier, a $1,500 prize for emerging literary organizations.