Poetry, Fiction and Theatre Submissions

Sign up to the Bare Fiction Monthly newsletter to be kept up to date with submission opportunities for poetry, flash fiction, short story and plays. (We’ll also send you a link to download a FREE digital edition of Issue 1 of Bare Fiction Magazine.)

Competition Entries

Competition entries are handled differently than our general magazine submissions. Please see the Competitions page for current writing competition opportunities.

Issue 8 (Summer 2016)

Submissions are now open for our 8th issue. (Deadline: July 10th 2016). 

Submit 3-5 poems, or a 10 minute play. Fiction submissions are not currently open while I read through the backlog.

Sign up for our newsletter to be notified of all submission opportunities. Please note we do not accept unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction or plays outside of our standard submission windows. We also do not accept unsolicited submission of collections of poetry, short stories or other material.

General Magazine Submission Guidelines

We want our readers to discover genre-defying boldness from exciting writers in poetry, fiction and plays, literary review, interviews and commentary. To that end, we need prose, poetry and play texts that instantly grab the readers’ minds and take them on extraordinary literary journeys. If your work is competently written but doesn’t have the kind of depth that makes the readers work just that little bit harder, then it’s probably not for us. We want you to make peoples eyes open wider and their minds race with excitement as they feast on your words.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please do ensure that you contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. If you have not heard from us within 90 days, please get in touch to enquire as to the status of your submission.

We do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online. Only original unpublished work submitted by the author will be considered. No submissions by publishers, presses or agents please.

Ensure that your name does NOT appear on the uploaded documents. We operate a blind submission policy so that we can truly appraise your work on merit alone, with at least 2 or 3 different editors reviewing all submissions before passing comments to the editor. Uploaded file/s are electronically tagged so that we know who they’re from.

Submission Categories

Please submit to the correct category. (If nothing is showing below then submissions are currently closed, please sign up for our newsletter to be notified of new submission windows.)


  • Bare Fiction Magazine: General Poetry Submissions

    Current Deadline: July 10th 2016

    Our editorial style is suited to poems of any length, however we would ask that your submission includes a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 poems, totalling no more than 200 lines.

    You can upload your poems in a single file or multiple files (one for each poem), in either DOC, DOCX, PDF, or RTF.

    Accepted Document Types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf
    Submit Now »
  • Bare Fiction Magazine: General Theatre Submissions

    Current Deadline: July 10th 2016

    We feel that playwrights get a raw deal in literary magazines and we're here to change that once and for all. Submissions for short plays of around 15 minutes in length or approximately 10 pages of text are preferred. Please give a brief synopsis in your covering letter and, if applicable, include details of any performances of the text you have received or productions planned.

    Accepted Document Types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf
    Submit Now »


We receive a lot of submissions and are therefore unable to give personal feedback. We would ask that you please refrain from re-submitting for the same issue if your initial work is not accepted for publication at that time, unless specifically requested to do so by the editor.

Terms & Conditions of Publication

All rights revert to the authors upon publication. We ask that your work does not appear in another publication (print or online) for a period of 3 months from the date of publication in Bare Fiction Magazine. We also ask that Bare Fiction Magazine is acknowledged with any subsequent publication of your work by another website or press.

Though authors retain all rights to their work, we may wish to publish your work on our website before of after print publication, and so require Non-Exclusive Digital Rights.

Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to offer payment for the inclusion of your work in the magazine. A print copy will of course be sent to you upon publication.

Books for Review

We accept titles for review that have been published no more than 6 months prior to submitting to us. These can be poetry collections, anthologies, chapbooks and pamphlets, collections and anthologies of short fiction, novels or published plays. We do not accept self published titles for review.

To submit books for review, please send a hard copy to the address below and a digital (i.e. PDF file) via email to

Bare Fiction Magazine

177 Copthorne Road,
Shropshire SY3 8NA

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