La Piccioletta Barca is a monthly arts journal publishing: short fiction, poetry, music, visual arts, essays and translations. Our issues are centred around a stimulus, which can be approached from any form or perspective you like. There need not be any direct relations between the stimulus and your submission; view it instead as a springboard for inspiration, not a constraint.

We guarantee to have reviewed all pieces within 48 hours of their submission, and publish all issues within a month of the deadline.

All submissions are read blind, and no weight is placed on previous publications (or lack thereof). We believe that both emerging and established writers should have equal opportunities for displaying their craft. In this vein, we are also open to accepting reprints, and ask that you inform us of where the piece has appeared previously.


Contributors retain all rights to their pieces. 

We charge a nominal reading fee to cover submission processing fees, hosting fees and ongoing operational fees. For any questions, please contact us at: contact@picciolettabarca.com

Our stimulus for issue 14 is the napkin on which the percentages agreement between Churchill and Stalin in October 1944. It was 'drafted' to determine the percentage division of control over Eastern European countries, dividing them into spheres of influence. 


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Issue 14 Stimulus 


The issue will be published on December 7th, with rolling deadlines until December 1st.


The interpretation of the stimulus can be as liberal as you would like. We recommend looking at pieces from previous issues for reference. 


Some guidelines for submissions:


  • Fiction and non-fiction: We are unlikely to accept any pieces above 8000 words, but there is no minimum limit. If you are submitting multiple pieces, send them either in the same document or separately in the same submission. There is no need to submit multiple times.
  • Poetry: Submit up to 5 poems, either in the same document or separately. We are open to both classical and experimental works.
  • Visual arts: Please ensure that the quality of your images is sufficiently high (anything above 2500px should be fine).
  • Music: If submitting only an audio-file, please note that we are unlikely to accept pieces over 10-12 minutes long. If the audio-file is accompanied by a music video or a text, then these restrictions can be lifted. If you are unsure of whether your piece qualifies, please get in touch before submitting.
  • Interviews: If submitting an audio-file or video, please keep it below 25 minutes. If the interview is submitted in text form, the 8000-word limit applies.

For any further queries, please contact us at: contact@picciolettabarca.com Contributors retain all rights to their pieces. 

The stimulus for Issue 13 of La Piccioletta Barca is the following extract from Ezra Pound's Canto VII:


'O voi che siete in piccioletta barca,

Dido choked up with sobs for her Sicheus

Lies heavy in my arms, dead weight

Drowning with tears, new Eros,

And the life goes on, mooning upon bare hills;'


The issue will be published on November 7th, with rolling deadlines until November 1st.


The interpretation of the stimulus can be as liberal as you would like. We recommend looking at pieces from previous issues for reference. 


 Some guidelines for submissions:

  • Fiction and non-fiction: We are unlikely to accept any pieces above 8000 words, but there is no minimum limit. If you are submitting multiple pieces, send them either in the same document or separately in the same submission. There is no need to submit multiple times.
  • Poetry: Submit up to 5 poems, either in the same document or separately. We are open to both classical and experimental works.
  • Visual arts: Please ensure that the quality of your images is sufficiently high (anything above 2500px should be fine).
  • Music: If submitting only an audio-file, please note that we are unlikely to accept pieces over 10-12 minutes long. If the audio-file is accompanied by a music video or a text, then these restrictions can be lifted. If you are unsure of whether your piece qualifies, please get in touch before submitting.
  • Interviews: If submitting an audio-file or video, please keep it below 25 minutes. If the interview is submitted in text form, the 8000-word limit applies.


For any further queries, please contact us at: contact@picciolettabarca.com 

Contributors retain all rights to their pieces.

We are launching a new 'Weekly Articles' series, where we will be featuring 600-1000 word non-fiction arts pieces. There does not need to be any thematic link with our issues or stimuli.

We are primarily looking for accessible and informative pieces that will age well in our archive, so, if referencing any current affairs in the arts scene (e.g. new exhibitions, plays, books or ventures), please make sure that they themselves are not the focal point of the piece.

If you are unsure of whether your piece is a good fit, feel free to send us a 100-200 word pitch first, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!

For any further information, please get in touch at: contact@picciolettabarca.com

La Piccioletta Barca is looking for a motivated artist or graphic designer to assist with website design. This may be in the form of original artwork (e.g. sketches, animations, photographs) or backend website design assistance.


Duties may involve:

  • Contributing original art to the journal.
  • Suggesting how the aesthetics of the website may be developed.
  • Proposing designs for a print anthology of the first ten issues of the journal.
  • Assisting the editors with back-end work such as SEOs and website design (HTML5 & CSS experience preferable).


To apply, please send us 3 samples of work if you are an artist, or make 3 aesthetic suggestions for the website if you are applying in the capacity of graphic designer.


This position is volunteer-only, although all work will be credited on the website's masthead accordingly. It is a great opportunity for a student artist or designer looking to strengthen their CV and broaden their portfolio, by helping an upcoming literary journal develop its visual aesthetics.


La Piccioletta Barca is looking for a motivated individual to manage and develop new and existing social media accounts. They will be responsible for all creative and administrative decisions concerning the accounts, with a commitment of roughly one hour per week.

Duties will involve: 

  • Call for submissions and announcement of upcoming deadlines.
  • 2-3 Facebook/Instagram posts per week relating to the arts (For reference, previous posts have included: artistic architectural plans accompanied by literary excerpts, musical pieces along with interesting biographical elements of the composer, etc.)
  • Scouting for/Collaborating with designers, illustrators and photographers for posts.
  • Coming up with advertising and outreach strategies to reach a larger audience. 


Previous experience is appreciated but not required. To apply, please attach a CV along with 2 example Facebook posts and 1 Instagram post which would be in line with the aesthetics of the journal.


Please note that the position is volunteer-only and is a good opportunity for students or early-career professionals to enrich their portfolios and contribute to developing a platform from the ground up. 

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