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.
Join editors from Barrelhouse from Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 10 for a 3 night, 4 day writer’s retreat in lovely Central Pennsylvania. This is a laid-back working vacation with plenty of time for writing. Each participant is paired with an editor who will review their work and provide detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement. The registration fee of $300 includes lodging and all meals. 


Application is free. 

If accepted, camp fee is $300 and includes all lodging and meals

Ends in 3 days, 18 hours
Barrelhouse Books is now open for submissions, until May 27. Please submit only one book manuscript for the reading period (multiple submissions will be deleted, unread). We'll consider novels, memoirs, essay collections, story collections, or hybrid prose forms.

At this time we're not interested in novellas or chapbook-length collections.

Please submit your full manuscript. In your cover letter, include whatever biographical information you'd like, as well as a brief synopsis of the project. This doesn't need to be a blow-by-blow plot summary, just enough to give us a sense of the whole.

For more details, check out the full call for submissions on the Barrelhouse website.

But the short version: We're intentionally keeping things open in terms of subject matter, form, and style. We like to be surprised. We want to be bowled over. We want to fall in love.
Barrelhouse loves to celebrate books just like you do, so let's do that thing together!

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. 


There are many people in the world who give great advice, but don’t do it every single day.

Why should the rest of us be deprived of their wisdom?

Barrelhouse is thrilled to introduce Ask Someone Awesome, an advice column where your job is to ask questions about life, love, writing, or anything else. And our job is to find Someone Awesome for each and every answer.

Need advice? Your question will remain anonymous from the beginning to the end of the process, unless you give us explicit permission to do otherwise.

Ever wished you could be an advice columnist, but avoid the seemingly endless commitment they endure? Tell us a little about yourself.

All submissions will be given Marked Completed status when they are received. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee a response, but we appreciate your willingness to participate in something that will be, well, awesome.
Use this category to submit to our Stupid Idea Junk Drawer. If you know what that is, then awesome. Just remember to include the name of the original stupid idea, and the editor who thought of it. If you don't know what the Stupid Idea Junk Drawer is, use that link above and check it out. It's funny, we think, but there are specific rules we need to follow, and they're listed out over there on the site. 

Next, the editor who thought of the original stupid idea will review your submission for literary merit and probably also how much it cracks her/him up, and she/he will decide whether to accept or reject your interpretation of the original stupid idea. If accepted, we'll run the piece on our blog. Thanks for playing! 

One note: We shouldn't have to say this, but if you submit your "regular" fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or whatever using this category, because we're closed for fiction or poetry or nonfiction, but you really want us to read your work anyway, we will reject your work without reading it and will probably make fun of you the next time we all have a few beers together. Thanks! 

Barrelhouse loves comics. Send us comics for our print issues!

Comics guidelines:
  • We're looking for completed stand-alone pieces, so no strips.
  • For initial submission, upload a .jpeg file that's 300 dpi. If it's accepted, we'll ask for higher res.
  • 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.