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.

We are a proud member of CLMP (Community of Literary Magazines & Presses). Our membership is a testament to the strict standards we hold with regard to the rights of our contributors, and the quality of our publication. La Piccioletta Barca has been inducted in the British Library Web Archive's cultural section, and has recognised as one of the top 4 digital publications by the National Poetry Library (UK) in April 2020.


Note: 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

Stimulus
The last lunch menu of the RMS Titanic's, which was sold in auction 100 years after the ship sank.
Image:  https://www.pinterest.de/pin/52424783132496305/

Deadline
December 1st, 2020.

Publication
December 7th, 2020.
 
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:

In-depth manuscript critique is now also available for submissions. Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, we are not usually able to provide feedback upon acceptance or rejection. With this option, we will provide a 2-page in-depth critique of your submission, explaining the rationale behind our decision.  


 

  • Fiction and non-fiction: We are unlikely to accept any pieces above 5000 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). If submitting multiple files, please group them in a word .doc for the initial consideration, and we will request high res images upon acceptance. We would also like a short 100-200 word text to accompany the art you provide, giving context to the project and the motivations behind producing it. A good reference for such texts can be found in articles under the 'Visual Arts' tab in our archive. 
  • 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.

Stimulus 

Leonard Cohen's Prince of Asturia Speech

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIR5ps8usuo&feature=share


Deadline

December 1st, 2020.

Publication

January 7th, 2020.


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:


In-depth manuscript critique is now also available for submissions. Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, we are not usually able to provide feedback upon acceptance or rejection. With this option, we will provide a 2-page in-depth critique of your submission, explaining the rationale behind our decision.  

  • Fiction and non-fiction: We are unlikely to accept any pieces above 5000 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). If submitting multiple files, please group them in a word .doc for the initial consideration, and we will request high res images upon acceptance. We would also like a short 100-200 word text to accompany the art you provide, giving context to the project and the motivations behind producing it. A good reference for such texts can be found in articles under the 'Visual Arts' tab in our archive. 
  • 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.

Stimulus
Homer's invocation of the muse in the Iliad.

You can take the following excerpt as an indicative reference: 


Iliad, Book I, opening lines, the "invocation of the Muse" (A. T. Murray translation): 

 The wrath sing, goddess, of Peleus' son, Achilles, that destructive wrath which brought countless woes upon the Achaeans, and sent forth to Hades many valiant souls of heroes, and made them themselves spoil for dogs and every bird; thus the plan of Zeus came to fulfillment, from the time when first they parted in strife Atreus' son, king of men, and brilliant Achilles.  

Odyssey, Book I, opening lines, the "invocation of the Muse" (A. T. Murray translation):


Tell me, O Muse, of the man of many devices, who wandered full many ways after he had sacked the sacred citadel of Troy. Many were the men whose cities he saw and whose mind he learned, aye, and many the woes he suffered in his heart upon the sea, seeking to win his own life and the return of his comrades. Yet even so he saved not his comrades, though he desired it sore, for through their own blind folly they perished—fools, who devoured the kine of Helios Hyperion; but he took from them the day of their returning. Of these things, goddess, daughter of Zeus, beginning where thou wilt, tell thou even unto us.



Deadline

January 1st, 2020.

Publication

February 7th, 2020.


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:


In-depth manuscript critique is now also available for submissions. Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, we are not usually able to provide feedback upon acceptance or rejection. With this option, we will provide a 2-page in-depth critique of your submission, explaining the rationale behind our decision.  

  • Fiction and non-fiction: We are unlikely to accept any pieces above 5000 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). If submitting multiple files, please group them in a word .doc for the initial consideration, and we will request high res images upon acceptance. We would also like a short 100-200 word text to accompany the art you provide, giving context to the project and the motivations behind producing it. A good reference for such texts can be found in articles under the 'Visual Arts' tab in our archive. 
  • 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.

Stimulus

The Ndebele art of house painting. A brief history and examples of the art can be found here.

Deadline

February 1st, 2020.

Publication

March 7th, 2020.


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:


In-depth manuscript critique is now also available for submissions. Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, we are not usually able to provide feedback upon acceptance or rejection. With this option, we will provide a 2-page in-depth critique of your submission, explaining the rationale behind our decision.  


  • Fiction and non-fiction: We are unlikely to accept any pieces above 5000 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). If submitting multiple files, please group them in a word .doc for the initial consideration, and we will request high res images upon acceptance. We would also like a short 100-200 word text to accompany the art you provide, giving context to the project and the motivations behind producing it. A good reference for such texts can be found in articles under the 'Visual Arts' tab in our archive. 
  • 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.

Stimulus

The song 'Υπνε που παίρνεις τα παιδιά' (Sleep thou who takest children) by the musical group Chóres. It is a folksong from Drama - arrangement by Hristos Samaras.

The song and performance can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf6fOxfEYBI

Deadline

March 1st, 2020.

Publication

April 7th, 2020.


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:


In-depth manuscript critique is now also available for submissions. Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, we are not usually able to provide feedback upon acceptance or rejection. With this option, we will provide a 2-page in-depth critique of your submission, explaining the rationale behind our decision.  



  • Fiction and non-fiction: We are unlikely to accept any pieces above 5000 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). If submitting multiple files, please group them in a word .doc for the initial consideration, and we will request high res images upon acceptance. We would also like a short 100-200 word text to accompany the art you provide, giving context to the project and the motivations behind producing it. A good reference for such texts can be found in articles under the 'Visual Arts' tab in our archive. 
  • 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.

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