Barzakh is not currently open for submissions.

The submission window for our Spring 2019 issue will open mid-October, 2018.

Check this page or our Twitter account for updates.

November 15, 2017


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--you name it--that pushes against complacent taxonomies and finds itself forging new paths.

For Barzakh’s tenth issue we are looking for previously unpublished critical and creative work that pries wide the liminal spaces between aesthetic modes and fields, between tongues, and between histories. We especially seek works that actively engage with global and local crises and the acts of resistance/pushback that have galvanized in response to them. Past issues of interest for submitted work have included:

  • Fallout from the 2016 U. S. presidential election

  • Violence and conflicts in Syria, Nigeria, Iraq, and across the world

  • The water protection movement at Standing Rock

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

  • Social media protest and propaganda

  • Pledges of Allegiance

  • Border walls

  • Speaking out against sexual harassment and assault

  • Safe Spaces

  • Politics of identity



Please submit your work via our 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.

Though we prefer electronic submissions, if you would like to submit by mail please send your work to the address below. If you would like your manuscript returned to you be sure to include a SASE: 

Barzakh Magazine
c/o Submission Manager
Department of English, HU 363
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Ave. 
Albany, NY 12222

Genre-specific guidelines:

  • Fiction-up to 5000 words total (one piece or multiple flash pieces)

  • Poetry-up to 5 poems and totalling no more than ten (10) pages

  • Non-fiction-up to 3500 words total

  • Multigenre/Digital work-no more than ten (10) pages of text

  • Criticism-up to 3500 words total

  • Art-no more than 8 pieces at a time

  • Translation-should be accompanied by source text in original language, and written
    confirmation that you have English translation rights to the piece. No more than ten (10) pages


We are open for submissions until February 15, 2018

Contributors’ Rights:

By submitting work, we ask for First North American Rights to publish. Following publication, all rights revert back to the author, we simply ask that you credit Barzakh Magazine as the place where your work first appeared. Further, contributors permit Barzakh Magazine to publish on our website, and we retain the right to remove your work from our publication without prior notice. 


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

If you have submitted work and have not heard from us in three (3) months, please submit a query below.

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