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Please submit no more than one essay at a time. Also, note that Barrelhouse is interested only in essays that deal, in one way or another, with pop culture, though pop culture here is defined in a fairly broad way.

No specific length restrictions, though we tend to select pieces shorter than 10k words. 

Send me something that you love a whole lot but you think nobody else will love. Get weird with it. 

Click the link below for more detailed thoughts from our nonfiction editor about the kinds of essays we see too often, and the things we're looking for in general:


We are eager to publish work by writers whose voices are typically underrepresented due to race, gender, sexuality, or disability.