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 

Illustrated diary entries by the Italian film director Federico Fellini.

Example: https://d2mdqraew06hxz.cloudfront.net/_eightHundred/fellini_02_body.jpg 


Deadline

November 1st, 2020.


Publication

November 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 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.

The Thread is the essayistic and diaristic arm of the arts-and-literature journal La Piccioletta Barca. Where the main LPB journal is a monthly publication driven by gathered responses to shared prompts or stimuli, The Thread aims instead to publish more freewheeling pieces in a discursive, meditative vein. 

We are aiming to publish one or two essays of roughly 1000 to 2000 words every week and are seeking contributors. The essays we are looking for are those that return to the essay’s Montaignian roots: to essai, or try. We are not necessarily looking for argumentative pieces insomuch as scattered reveries and reflections, rambling investigations and interrogations, and other assorted forms of prosaic musing on any theme that may interest you. Pieces ought, in Brian Dillon’s graceful formulation, to “perform a combination of exactitude and evasion” that is “what writing ought to be.” Beyond the requirement that the piece be chiefly in prose, there are no other restrictions on form: interviews, dialogues, correspondences are all welcome.

The Thread takes its name from Pope’s Essay on Man:

The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line

We are looking for writing that “feel at each thread” of the mingled webs of our lives, pieces that lightly but deftly touch on the various feelings, objects, memories, obsessions, ephemera, landscapes, events, and things that pervade our days, and subsequently constellate them into a kind of dreamy but thematic contemplation. 

We are especially looking for writers who would like to contribute 3 to 4 linked pieces which we can publish in one consecutive run as a mini-column. These sequences will give writers the space to explore more frayed and tenuous links between various themes and objects on a more macro scale than is afforded by the singular essay. Links and connections do not need to be strictly delimited, and subjects can be as diverse as the dissociating sense of irreality one gets in living in a foreign city, to the shocking sense of realness one gets when one comes into contact with fabrics; one can muse upon one’s favourite lines of verse and the phenomenon of poetic hauntings and i­dées-fixes, or think about the subtle but irreducible grace of a home-cooked meal. As long as there is some uniting impulse that threads together these sprawling thoughts, we are interested. 

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

We will post rolling weekly deadlines until all spots for the next few months are filled. If this occurs, new information regarding calls for submissions will be available on our website.

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

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