Barzakh Magazine is a multi-genre journal with an internationalist stance. We are affiliated with SUNY Albany's English Department.

We’re currently accepting original art, poetry, and (short) prose submissions for publication in the new Barzakh newsletter that will launch in September of 2021!

What we're looking for

By defining ourselves as barzakh—a space of crossings & connectivity between histories, articulations, & media—we hope to make Barzakh Magazine a site of inquiry & revitalization. We want your fiction, poetry, criticism, personal essays, translations, paintings, drawings, photographs—any work that pushes against complacent taxonomies & forges new paths.

For Barzakh’s 12th annual issue, we are seeking previously unpublished creative & critical work for our special themed section, “Invisibility.” We are accepting work that explores the multiplicity of invisibility and its ubiquity in our contemporary lives.

Additionally, we are looking for work that renders the invisible visible. We especially seek works that engage with how invisibility manifests on a global or local scale, and/or on a community or individual scale. Topics may include:

  • The in/visibility of refugees and political migrants (i.e. diasporas)
  • The in/visibility of injustice and marginalized voices/ people
  • The in/visibility of COVID
  • The in/visibility of our lives in this pandemic (i.e. loneliness, disconnection, etc.)

But as always, we welcome submissions beyond these specific themes.

Guidelines:

Please submit your work via our online submission manager. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Be sure to include a brief third-person biography, in a language of your choice, with your cover letter so that we may properly credit your work should it be accepted. Barzakh is currently a non-paying market.

In the interest of accessibility, we accept submissions by postal mail. If you would like to submit by mail, please send your work to the address below. Typed manuscripts are preferred, but we will also accept handwritten work. Snail mail submissions are always free, but if you would like your manuscript returned to you be sure to include a self-addressed & stamped envelope:

Barzakh Magazine

c/o Connor Syrewicz

Department of English, HU 374

University at Albany, SUNY

1400 Washington Ave.

Albany, NY 12222

Genre-specific guidelines:

  • Prose (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction/Essay/Criticism) – One single submission including up to 3,500 words total (one piece or multiple flash pieces).
  • Poetry – One single submission including up to 5 poems & totaling up to 10 pages.
  • Multigenre/Hybrid/Digital Work – One single submission including up to 5 works & totaling up to 10 pages.
  • Visual Art – One single submission including up to 6 pieces.
  • Translation (Any Genre) – One single submission including up to 10 pages of translated work. Translations should be accompanied by both the source text in its original language & a written confirmation that you have English translation rights to the piece.

Deadline:

Submissions for our Spring 2021 issue will be open from November 15, 2020 to March 1, 2021. Due to the capacities of our submission manager, we will be accepting up to 800 submissions per month of our open call. If you are having problems submitting through our submission manager, please email your submission to barzakhmagazine@gmail.com.

Submissions sent by postal mail must be postmarked by March 1, 2021.

Contributors’ Rights:

Barzakh asks for First North American Rights to publish accepted works in the Barzakh 2021 online issue. Following publication, all rights revert back to the author. We simply ask that Barzakh Magazine be credited as the place where the work first appeared. Barzakh retains the right to remove work from our website without prior notice.

In the event we wish to republish any work from the online magazine in future print editions, anthologies, or broadsides, we will contact contributors to request those rights separately.

Nominations:

All work published in Barzakh Magazine is considered for nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Best American Essays, & Best American Short Stories.

What we're looking for

By defining ourselves as barzakh—a space of crossings & connectivity between histories, articulations, & media—we hope to make Barzakh Magazine a site of inquiry & revitalization. We want your fiction, poetry, criticism, personal essays, translations, paintings, drawings, photographs—any work that pushes against complacent taxonomies & forges new paths.

For Barzakh’s 12th annual issue, we are seeking previously unpublished creative & critical work for our special themed section, “Invisibility.” We are accepting work that explores the multiplicity of invisibility and its ubiquity in our contemporary lives.

Additionally, we are looking for work that renders the invisible visible. We especially seek works that engage with how invisibility manifests on a global or local scale, and/or on a community or individual scale. Topics may include:

  • The in/visibility of refugees and political migrants (i.e. diasporas)
  • The in/visibility of injustice and marginalized voices/ people
  • The in/visibility of COVID
  • The in/visibility of our lives in this pandemic (i.e. loneliness, disconnection, etc.)

But as always, we welcome submissions beyond these specific themes.

Guidelines:

Please submit your work via our online submission manager. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Be sure to include a brief third-person biography, in a language of your choice, with your cover letter so that we may properly credit your work should it be accepted. Barzakh is currently a non-paying market.

In the interest of accessibility, we accept submissions by postal mail. If you would like to submit by mail, please send your work to the address below. Typed manuscripts are preferred, but we will also accept handwritten work. Snail mail submissions are always free, but if you would like your manuscript returned to you be sure to include a self-addressed & stamped envelope:

Barzakh Magazine

c/o Connor Syrewicz

Department of English, HU 374

University at Albany, SUNY

1400 Washington Ave.

Albany, NY 12222

Genre-specific guidelines:

  • Prose (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction/Essay/Criticism) – One single submission including up to 3,500 words total (one piece or multiple flash pieces).
  • Poetry – One single submission including up to 5 poems & totaling up to 10 pages.
  • Multigenre/Hybrid/Digital Work – One single submission including up to 5 works & totaling up to 10 pages.
  • Visual Art – One single submission including up to 6 pieces.
  • Translation (Any Genre) – One single submission including up to 10 pages of translated work. Translations should be accompanied by both the source text in its original language & a written confirmation that you have English translation rights to the piece.

Deadline:

Submissions for our Spring 2021 issue will be open from November 15, 2020 to March 1, 2021. Due to the capacities of our submission manager, we will be accepting up to 800 submissions per month of our open call. If you are having problems submitting through our submission manager, please email your submission to barzakhmagazine@gmail.com.

Submissions sent by postal mail must be postmarked by March 1, 2021.

Contributors’ Rights:

Barzakh asks for First North American Rights to publish accepted works in the Barzakh 2021 online issue. Following publication, all rights revert back to the author. We simply ask that Barzakh Magazine be credited as the place where the work first appeared. Barzakh retains the right to remove work from our website without prior notice.

In the event we wish to republish any work from the online magazine in future print editions, anthologies, or broadsides, we will contact contributors to request those rights separately.

Nominations:

All work published in Barzakh Magazine is considered for nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Best American Essays, & Best American Short Stories.

What we're looking for

By defining ourselves as barzakh—a space of crossings & connectivity between histories, articulations, & media—we hope to make Barzakh Magazine a site of inquiry & revitalization. We want your fiction, poetry, criticism, personal essays, translations, paintings, drawings, photographs—any work that pushes against complacent taxonomies & forges new paths.

For Barzakh’s 12th annual issue, we are seeking previously unpublished creative & critical work for our special themed section, “Invisibility.” We are accepting work that explores the multiplicity of invisibility and its ubiquity in our contemporary lives.

Additionally, we are looking for work that renders the invisible visible. We especially seek works that engage with how invisibility manifests on a global or local scale, and/or on a community or individual scale. Topics may include:

  • The in/visibility of refugees and political migrants (i.e. diasporas)
  • The in/visibility of injustice and marginalized voices/ people
  • The in/visibility of COVID
  • The in/visibility of our lives in this pandemic (i.e. loneliness, disconnection, etc.)

But as always, we welcome submissions beyond these specific themes.

Guidelines:

Please submit your work via our online submission manager. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Be sure to include a brief third-person biography, in a language of your choice, with your cover letter so that we may properly credit your work should it be accepted. Barzakh is currently a non-paying market.

In the interest of accessibility, we accept submissions by postal mail. If you would like to submit by mail, please send your work to the address below. Typed manuscripts are preferred, but we will also accept handwritten work. Snail mail submissions are always free, but if you would like your manuscript returned to you be sure to include a self-addressed & stamped envelope:

Barzakh Magazine

c/o Connor Syrewicz

Department of English, HU 374

University at Albany, SUNY

1400 Washington Ave.

Albany, NY 12222

Genre-specific guidelines:

  • Prose (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction/Essay/Criticism) – One single submission including up to 3,500 words total (one piece or multiple flash pieces).
  • Poetry – One single submission including up to 5 poems & totaling up to 10 pages.
  • Multigenre/Hybrid/Digital Work – One single submission including up to 5 works & totaling up to 10 pages.
  • Visual Art – One single submission including up to 6 pieces.
  • Translation (Any Genre) – One single submission including up to 10 pages of translated work. Translations should be accompanied by both the source text in its original language & a written confirmation that you have English translation rights to the piece.

Deadline:

Submissions for our Spring 2021 issue will be open from November 15, 2020 to March 1, 2021. Due to the capacities of our submission manager, we will be accepting up to 800 submissions per month of our open call. If you are having problems submitting through our submission manager, please email your submission to barzakhmagazine@gmail.com.

Submissions sent by postal mail must be postmarked by March 1, 2021.

Contributors’ Rights:

Barzakh asks for First North American Rights to publish accepted works in the Barzakh 2021 online issue. Following publication, all rights revert back to the author. We simply ask that Barzakh Magazine be credited as the place where the work first appeared. Barzakh retains the right to remove work from our website without prior notice.

In the event we wish to republish any work from the online magazine in future print editions, anthologies, or broadsides, we will contact contributors to request those rights separately.

Nominations:

All work published in Barzakh Magazine is considered for nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Best American Essays, & Best American Short Stories.

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