DEAR READERS: a brief letter from your loving editors
This whole thing began as a bad idea floated between friendly writers in the back room of a bar, and our hearts still lie in enjoying good literature and laughs with other people who choose to write hard, love their scenes, and who want to do their best, even if no one is quite sure about what’s going to happen next.
Barrelhouse is a non-profit literary organization consisting of pop culture obsessed oddballs who like to hang out in the corner. We started in 2004 as a literary magazine that sought to bridge the gap between high-brow literary tastes and the mid-brow appreciation of daily joys like good music, bad television and a decent hot dog. Barrelhouse is a fever dream populated by a passionate squad of volunteers who do a lot of things: we’re a print and online literary magazine, a small press bringing good books and chapbooks into the world, an organizer of cool literary events, and curators of this lovely website.
Please be our weird internet friends. Enjoy.
the whole heckin' team
He wondered how to proceed and while he wondered, the belt caught Jasmine’s attention. A lacquered fingernail reached out to stroke it.
If your childhood doesn’t contain incidents that would work in a long-running children’s series, I’m sorry, you may not become a famous writer.
BY ANNALISE MABE
An illustrated story
When I was two, we moved to Prague
This go-round, we’re on the hunt for innovative nonfiction: book-length projects that experiment in some way with form, or take an unusual vector through their subject matter.
When we have a chance to add a few new awesome, smart, talented editors, we feel like it's time to celebrate, and now is that time: we're very pleased to officially announce that former Assistant Editors Tara Campbell and Chris Gonzalez have taken on new responsibilities as Fiction Editors at Barrelhouse.
Come hang out with your barrelfam. We have a twice-yearly conference with breakout sessions and editor speed-dating; workshops led by folks like our own Dave Housley and Sheila Squillante, and by amazing guests like Sandra Beasley and Mike Young; we even an adult summer camp where you can write, get one-on-one editor feedback, and hang with other writers in the PA countryside.
For emerging literary organizations: check out our yearly Amplifier grant info.
Also, because we're Barrelhouse and we've got our priorities in order: THE SWAYZE QUESTION
Barrelhouse is proud to announce that we’re once again partnering with Submittable on the Barrelhouse Amplifier, a $1,500 award for emerging literary organizations.
Online short fiction workshop with Barrelhouse Editor and writer Dave Housley.
This is an 8 week online poetry workshop with poet, essayist, teacher, and Barrelhouse Editor Sheila Squillante. The workshop will focus on found poetry, and is limited to 12 participants, each of whom will workshop one poem each week.
For your $75 registration fee, you get the full day conference, including the keynote by featured authors keynote discussion, and 3 craft workshop/panel sessions, plus 1 ticket for Speed Dating with Editors, your choice of 1 of the 4 featured books, 1 subscription to a participating literary magazine, and (for those of you 21 or over) our world famous Boxed Wine Happy Hour. Boxed Wine Happy Hour!
Book Fight! podcast
Click here to listen to Mike and Tom talk about "books."
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