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.

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:

 

  • IMPORTANT: Please read the recently-updated, extensive guidelines on the website before submitting.
  • Please send us reviews of books other than your own. 
  • Do not submit work to the Reviews section that is meant for another section.
  • Do not submit excerpts or essays based on your own work.
  • We prefer reviews that focus on recent (last two years) small press titles—especially debuts—or upcoming titles. 
  • We  are especially keen on books that do not get reviewed in US outlets as  often as others—translated works, international releases etc. After all,  the joy of discovery is one of the greatest joys of being a reviewer.
  • We're  interested in full-length or chapbook-length collections of poetry  & prose. We'd be open to memoirs, story or essay collections, even  academic works. We're most tentative with academic titles—not because  we're not open to them—but because they would need to be accessible to  the same readership as for any text. For more on this, again—please go  through the guidelines on the website. Send us your best—we'll give it a whirl!
  • 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.
  • We  are open to non-standard reviewing forms, but as you might expect, only  insofar as it doesn't distract from the book in question. Although they  serve as commentary on another book, reviews are still a form of  writing on their own, and hybrid forms are possible—but difficult to  pull off. Again—see our guidelines.
  • If  you are previously spoken to one of the Reviews Editors—Tabitha  Blankenbiller or Kamil Ahsan—please indicate that in your cover letter.
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know and withdraw your submission if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • 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.  






Barrelhouse Books is looking for it’s next full-length poetry books (or books!). First books, second books, whatever books, we’re open to your submissions. 

Want a sense of what we like? Read You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored by Justin Marks, Daryl Hall Is My Boyfriend by erica lewis, or Whatever Stasis by Chris Tonelli. Check out our latest chapbooks by Nicole Steinberg and Allison Titus. Read the magazine

Here are a few guidelines: 

  • Manuscripts should be 48 pages or more. Multiple poems should not appear on the same page.
  • Only submissions through Submittable will be considered.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay. Just withdraw your manuscript if it gets picked up by some other lucky press.
  • We’re not looking for translations at this time.
  • Individual poems may have been published in magazines or chapbooks, but don’t send us anything that you've self-published or that has already been published by      another press as a book book.
  • Manuscripts submitted outside of the February 15th – March 1st time frame will not be considered.
  • Selected manuscripts will be published by Barrelhouse Books. Authors will receive      $500 at the time of publication.
  • Books are distributed by Small Press Distribution.

Got questions? Email barrelhousedan@gmail.com to reach Poetry Editor Dan Brady.

So, what do we want to know?

1. Your name. Your book’s name.

2. What’s your book about? What’s it doing? What about it excites you?

3. Who are you? Where have you been? Where are you going? Honestly, your standard bio will do.

Join editors from Barrelhouse for a 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.

COST:

Application is free.

If accepted, camp fees range between $300-$500 (based on accommodations) and include all lodging and meals.

Please note: this is the application for private rooms, the bunkhouse, and tent camping. If you would like to share a room, please use the shared room application. We'll need information from both campers on that form.


Join editors from Barrelhouse for a 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. 


THIS APPLICATION IS FOR SHARED ROOMS. You will only need to submit one form for both roommates.  

COST:

Application is free.

If accepted, camp fees will be $350 per person and include all lodging and meals.


Join editors from Barrelhouse for a 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.

COST:

Application is free.

If accepted, camp fees range between $300-$500 (based on accommodations) and include all lodging and meals.

Please note: this is the application for private rooms, the bunkhouse, and tent camping. If you would like to share a room, please use the shared room application. We'll need information from both campers on that form.


Join editors from Barrelhouse for a 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.

THIS APPLICATION IS FOR SHARED ROOMS. You will only need to submit one form for both roommates. 


COST:

Application is free.

If accepted, camp fees will be $475 per person.


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