The Bare Life Review is pleased to accept unsolicited manuscripts for both our print journal, and our new online platform, The Latest.


WHICH FORUM IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR WORK?

Generally, anything timely (i.e. reviews of new books, or work responding directly to current events) should be addressed to The Latest. Likewise, very short essays (<2000 words or so), very long essays (>8000 words), or work that includes color photography, will make for a better fit online. 

Fiction and poetry should, without exception, be addressed to The Bare Life Review print edition. Promising work in these categories that does not quite fit our needs will also be considered by The Latest.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

The Bare Life Review does not consider proposals or queries. Please submit completed work only.

Please note that our compensation rates have changed: We now offer $750 for accepted full-length prose pieces,  $300 for accepted poems or shorter print journal prose (<2000 words), and $100 for The Latest.

Eligibility:

We are committed to publishing work exclusively by immigrant and refugee authors, and to showcasing the immense—indeed, infinite—value and diversity of this literature. To this end, we accept work only from:

  • Foreign-born writers living in the United States
  • Writers living abroad who currently hold refugee and/or asylum-seeker status

While we enjoy and value the work of native-born writers—including the children of immigrants—we do not publish it, and ask that you respect the journal's guidelines in this respect. We cannot, and do not wish to subject our writers to an interrogation as to their origins; we depend upon the good faith of those submitting work to maintain and further the journal's mission.

Translation:

The Bare Life Review welcomes work in translation. Any writers not working in English, who have not yet secured translation of their work, may contact TBLR via email. In some cases we may be able to help find a translator.

American-born translators may submit work by eligible writers, but in such cases payment must be issued to the author.

Subject Matter:

Submissions will be judged solely on artistic grounds. Your work may, but need not, deal explicitly with issues of immigration, exile, or refuge.

Length:

  • Fiction submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words. Please submit only one story at a time. We are not considering unsolicited novel excerpts at this time.
  • Non-fiction submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words. Please submit only one essay at a time. 
  • Poetry submissions should include 3–5 poems, totaling no more than 10 pages. Please submit all poems in a single document.

Simultaneous Submission Policy

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

The Bare Life Review does not accept work that has been previously published. This includes online publications and blogs.

The Latest is a new online forum from The Bare Life Review, focusing primarily on memoir, criticism, and politics.

As with the print journal, The Latest does not consider proposals or queries. Please submit completed work only.

We offer $100 for accepted pieces, including prose, photojournalism, and interviews.

Eligibility:

We are committed to publishing work exclusively by immigrant and refugee authors, and to showcasing the immense—indeed, infinite—value and diversity of this literature. To this end, we accept work only from:

  • Foreign-born writers living in the United States
  • Writers living abroad who currently hold refugee and/or asylum-seeker status

While we enjoy and value the work of native-born writers—including the children of immigrants—we do not publish it, and ask that you respect the journal's guidelines in this respect. We cannot, and do not wish to subject our writers to an interrogation as to their origins; we depend upon the good faith of those submitting work to maintain and further the journal's mission.


Translation:

The Bare Life Review welcomes work in translation. Any writers not working in English, who have not yet secured translation of their work, may contact TBLR via email. In some cases we may be able to help find a translator.


Subject Matter:

Submissions will be judged solely on artistic grounds. Your work may, but need not, deal explicitly with issues of immigration, exile, or refuge.

Length:

  • Prose submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words. Please submit only one piece at a time.
  • An exception to the above word limit may be made for very long pieces, in excess of 8,000 words, which may be suitable for publication in multiple installments.
  • Interviews may run slightly longer, but should be edited as far as possible.

Simultaneous Submission Policy

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

The Weekly does not accept work that has been previously published. This includes other online publications and blogs.

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