Original Submissions Page

Barstow & Grand eagerly welcomes submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid text genres from writers with some connection–any connection–to the Chippewa Valley in Western Wisconsin.

Submissions will be open for issue #3 from March 1st through April 30th, 2019.

The link to our submission manager can be found at the bottom of this page.


Author Guidelines

Barstow & Grand was created to support the writers of the Chippewa Valley, and we welcome submissions from anyone with any connection to our part of the state. Maybe you grew up here, or went to school here before moving on. Maybe you came to town for the Eaux Claires Festival, or just stopped to top off the tank at the Kwik Trip out by the interstate. If you have connected with our community in any way, big or little, we would love to consider your work.

Submitters are asked to prepare a brief (less than 100 words) “Chippewa Valley Connection” statement to be entered into the submission form on Submittable. These statements will accompany the work selected for publication in the magazine.


Writing Guidelines

Barstow & Grand strives to meet many goals, including supporting emerging writers and building the arts community in our region and beyond. But quality will remain the sole factor that decides what appears in the journal. Barstow & Grand seeks work that demonstrates skill in construction and the ability to engage readers, regardless of genre or type. In order to maintain our focus on writing quality, all submissions will initially be read blind.

Prose:  Barstow & Grand will consider prose pieces, including fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between, of up to 4000 words. All genres are welcome and will receive full consideration. For prose submissions, please adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Use standard margins and a standard font.

  • Double-space your work.

  • As submissions will be read blind, please remove your name and other identifying information from the document.

  • Barstow & Grand will consider up to TWO pieces from each author per submission period. Each piece must be submitted separately.

Poetry: Barstow & Grand invites poetry submissions of 3-5 poems in one document. For poetry submissions, please adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Use standard margins and font.

  • As submissions will be read blind, please remove your name and other identifying information from the document.

  • Authors wishing to submit both poetry and prose may do so. Each submission must be made separately.


Publishing Guidelines

All accepted work will appear in the print version of the journal Barstow & Grand. Authors will receive a complementary copy of the printed journal, vigorous promotion through the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, and, when possible, inclusion in our various events around the Chippewa Valley.

Barstow & Grand requests First North American Serial rights, electronic and print, for all accepted work. Upon publication, all rights revert to the author. We also request that any future printings of the work recognize Barstow & Grand as the original publisher.

Technical Requirements

Barstow & Grand accepts simultaneous submissions, but PLEASE withdraw your piece in Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Only submit original work that has not previously been published in any print or electronic form, including personal websites and blogs. We are able to accommodate .DOC, .DOCX, .RTF, and .PDF file formats.

In addition to the "Local Connection Statement," authors are also asked to provide a traditional, 3rd person author bio. This will also accompany work selected for publication. 

The selection team will wait until submissions close before making their final decisions. Authors can expect to hear back sometime in July or August following the submission period.

Submission Fees 

By submitting to Barstow & Grand, you are joining the community of writers connected to the Chippewa Valley. As such, submitters are asked to make a small ($3.00) contribution to that community. All money raised through submission fees and issue sales will be used in conjunction with the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild to benefit local writers in various ways, including future issues of the magazine, craft talks and readings, and other high-impact educational opportunities, which are free and open to the public.

The submission fee is waived for those submitters who purchase an issue at the time of submission (select issue add-on in Submittable).

In order to accommodate community members who would otherwise be excluded from submitting due to this financial gesture, Barstow & Grand will host a free submission weekend the fourth weekend in March.

Inclusivity Statement

Barstow & Grand strives to be a community publication, and as such, hopes to represent the diverse backgrounds and experiences of all our community’s writers. Barstow & Grand welcomes and encourages submissions from all writers, regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, gender (identity and/or expression), sexual orientation, education, or any other attribute or category.


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If you have questions related to these submission guidelines, please don't hesitate to contact us as barstowandgrand@gmail.com.