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Barrelhouse is an independent non-profit literary organization. Barrelhouse bridges the gap between serious art and pop culture. Barrelhouse is a journal featuring fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays about music, art, and the detritus of popular culture. Barrelhouse is produced by writers for readers who are looking for quality writing with an edge and a sense of humor. Stories originally published in Barrelhouse have been featured in the Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Million Writer’s Award.
NONFICTION: Barrelhouse is interested only in essays that deal, in one way or another, with pop culture, though pop culture as defined in a fairly broad way.

BarrelhouseUnited States
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Submission Periods

F Temporarily closed to fiction submissions. 
N Open to nonfiction submissions. 
P Temporarily closed to poetry submissions. 


G General 

Audience, Poetry Forms, Styles & Topics

Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Humorous, Literary.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics, including: Music (Popular music), Society/Culture (Pop culture).

Types & Lengths

V Reviewup to 750 words
Y Essayno specific word count limits known
P Poemno line limits known; up to 5 pieces
F Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words
S Short Storyno specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words)

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 2 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionT to P Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word)
N NonfictionT to P Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word)
P PoetryP Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem)

Submission Types

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
F Fiction OK No No OK
N Nonfiction OK No No OK
P Poetry OK No No OK

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Date Added:
17 Feb 2006
Last Updated:
12 Oct 2016