We are not currently open for submissions.

Submissions for our 2020 issue will open in the fall of 2019.

Check this space then.

What we’re looking for:

By defining ourselves as an “isthmus,” a space of crossings and connectivity, between histories, articulations, and media—we hope to make these frontiers a site of inquiry and revitalization. We want your fiction, poetry, criticism, personal essays, translations, drawings, photographs—that push against complacent taxonomies and forge new paths.

For Barzakh’s 10th anniversary issue we are looking for previously unpublished creative and critical work that illuminates and explores the liminal spaces between aesthetic modes and fields, between tongues, and between histories. We especially seek works that engage with global and local crises and the acts of resistance that galvanize in response to them. Past issues of interest for submitted work have included:

  • Race, police brutality, and protest in the era of Black Lives Matter

  • The gendering, policing, and space of bodies

  • Immigrant and refugee dislocation and dehumanization

  • Rights and responsibilities of speech

  • ·Traumas, hauntings, and healings across time

As always, we welcome submissions beyond these specific themes.


Please submit your work via our online submission manager. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but let us know immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Be sure to include a brief third-person biography in your cover letter to accompany your work should it be accepted. Barzakh is currently a non-paying market.

If you would like to submit by postal mail, please send your work to the address below. 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 Ben Nadler
Department of English, HU 363
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222

Genre-specific guidelines:

  • Prose (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction/Essay/Criticism) – Up to 3,500 words total (one piece or multiple flash pieces).

  • Poetry – Up to 5 poems and totaling up to 10 pages.

  • Multigenre/Hybrid/Digital work – Up to 5 works and totaling up to 10 pages.

  • Visual Art – Up to 6 pieces.

  • Translation (Any Genre) – Up to 10 pages of translated work. Translations should be accompanied by source text in original language, and written confirmation that you have English translation rights to the piece.


Submissions for our Spring 2019 issue closed on Feb 1, 2019.

Contributors’ Rights:

Barzakh asks for First North American Rights to publish accepted works in the Barzakh 2019 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.


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

Queries & Contact

If you have submitted work and have not heard from us in 4 months, please submit a query below.

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