Barrio Beat is published semi-annually online. We are located in Arizona and look for work that stirs our souls from little known artists.
Taylor R. Genovese
Barrio Beat particularly encourages emerging artists from diverse backgrounds to submit their work. Please read through the submission requirements and submit from the appropriate genre below or from our Duotrope page.
We only consider unpublished work. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify the appropriate editor immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. If you only need to withdraw a section of your work (such as one poem from a group of poems) please send the appropriate editor a note. If we accept your work, and it is later published elsewhere, please acknowledge that your work first appeared in Barrio Beat Magazine.
Please only submit one piece at a time, and wait for a response before submitting other work. Please include your entire submission as one file. If your submission includes images or photographs, please make sure that you own the rights to the them and embed them within your submission. If accepted, we will request the original(s) from you.
Barrio Beat Magazine asks for first North American print, magazine, and online serial rights. Copyright is always retained by the author at all times.
Barrio Beat Magazine currently accepts submissions through Google Forms or Duotrope. You will need an active Gmail (or Google Suite) account in order to submit. If this is an issue, please email the appropriate editor. Additionally, you can submit your work through our page on Duotrope.
We believe a good story is one that tells about perennial human conditions and complexities in unexpected ways. As our name suggests, we are interested in voices from unexpected places like the barrios. From the border towns and south of the tracks. From the public schools and the inner-city sidewalks. We listen for voices that are seldom heard, but speak truth in whatever color.
We accept work of any length, but prefer stories under 15 pages. Please submit stories that show clarity of thought and purpose.
Clifford Geertz spoke of anthropological writings as being "fictions; fictions, in the sense that they are 'something made', 'something fashioned'—the original meaning of fictiō—not that they are false, unfactual, or merely 'as if' thought experiments."
From this vein, we are looking for creative nonfiction that uses literary elements to bring stories to life and engage the reader. We encourage dispatches that tap into gonzo, unconventional, and decolonial styles and positions—literary techniques that disrupt and challenge Western conceptions about what nonfiction can and should be. However, this refusal to engage in stylistic norms for nonfiction should still be literarily generative; they should subscribe to the mantra of what Cary Wolfe refers to as "openness from closure."
Pragmatically, we prefer submissions that do not exceed 15 pages, and manuscripts need to work as stand-alone stories.
There are many moments in life. Things that go unsaid. Words that stay in the soul and do not escape. These words dwell in the mind, and words like, “should” or “could” become part of the everyday vocabulary. Perhaps you have poetry that is screaming to be let out. We want and look for poetry that is hard-earned. This section is dedicated to all those poets who have something to say, and to those who can’t find the right words to say in pivotal moments—for all those verses that made up lost letters that returned unopened. Put it down and write and let us read your work.
There is no length requirement. Don’t have to be flowery. All poetry that comes from the heart is good, but if you’re the type of bee that can tell the difference between a sunflower’s nectar from that of a lily, then let’s hear your buzzing. This is your moment. Make it count.
Please direct any of your questions, comments, or concerns to the editor that could best address them.
If your question is about the website or is technical in matter, please email Taylor, the Nonfiction Editor.