Barn Owl Review is now closed for submissions,
and will reopen on June 1st, 2014.
Please note that we do not take submissions by mail,
and that paper submissions will not be recycled unread.
Guidelines for our annual reading period:
Barn Owl Review welcomes submissions of poetry annually from June 1st through November 1st. We are a handsomely designed print journal looking for work that takes risks while still connecting with readers. We aim to publish the highest quality poetry from both emerging and established writers. Though Barn Owl Review is a print journal, submissions are only taken electronically. Anything sent outside the submission window will be ineligible for consideration.
Contributors receive one copy of the issue, a half-off discount on additional copies, and a permanent place in the editors' hearts.
Submit 3-5 poems (in a single attachment) via Submittable. Barn Owl Review favors no particular poetic style or school; however, we look for innovation and risk-taking in the poems that we publish. We are interested in poems with a strong narrative or lyric presence, by poets who understand the energy of the line, poems that “make it new” in a way that’s truly new. Barn Owl Review prides itself on being eclectic, and strives to publish new writers alongside established ones. Submissions of inspirational or greeting card verse are not for us, but otherwise we are quite open to subject and style. Dazzle us. Curl our toes. But most of all, surprise us. Simultaneous submissions welcome with timely notification.
All submission matters should be handled via Submittable.
We are not currently accepting unsolicited reviews, though we do welcome review copies. We cannot guarantee your book will be reviewed. We are especially interested in reviewing first books and small press titles, both poetry and fiction. Each issue of Barn Owl Review includes several featured reviews, and we maintain an active reviews section on our Web site, where new book reviews are published year round.