Barzakh Magazine is open for submissions from Nov. 15, 2016, through 11:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 15, 2017.
We define ourselves as an “isthmus,” a space of crossings and connectivity between histories, articulations and media—making of these frontiers and a site of inquiry and revitalization. We want your fiction, poetry, criticism, personal essay, translation*, drawings, photographs — you name it — that pushes against complacent taxonomies and finds itself forging new paths.
All submissions must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each genre must be submitted individually. Submit no more than five poems, up to 5,000 words of prose or five images. Each submission must be one attached file. We accept submissions in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .jpeg, and .mp3 formats. For video submissions, please send a link to an uploaded file, rather than an attachment. The subject line of your email should read “SUBMISSION: [GENRE]: [AUTHOR LAST NAME]” (for example, “SUBMISSION: POETRY: DICKINSON”). By submitting work, contributors permit Barzakh Magazine to publish it on our website, and Barzakh retains first serial rights in our digital issue. Copyright reverts to original author immediately upon publication. Barzakh Magazine retains the right to remove your work from our publication without prior notice.
About the upcoming issue
As an interdisciplinary journal with an internationalist stance, Barzakh is looking for critical and creative works that pry wide the liminal spaces between aesthetic modes and fields, between tongues and between histories. We seek especially works that actively engage with global and local crises and the acts of resistance/push-back that have galvanized in response to them, including, but not limited to:
- 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 as protest and propaganda
- pledges of allegiance
- border walls
- speaking out against sexual harassment and assault
- safe spaces
- politics of identity
The issue will launch in late March of 2017, in correspondence with the 15th Annual UAlbany EGSO Conference: “The Badass,” featuring acclaimed poet, essayist and critic Rigoberto González.
Our past issues have featured the works of Nathaniel Mackey, Bernadette Mayer, Vernon Frazer, Edwin Torres, Jena Osman and Lydia Davis.
*Translations should be accompanied by source text in original language and written confirmation that you have English translation rights to the piece.