Bayou Magazine

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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
D.A. Powell, Metta Sama, Barbara Cully, Valerie Hsiung, Marilyn Hacker, Mark Doty, Laura Lee Smith, JoeAnn Hart, Kelley E. Shinn, John Chattin, Jacob M. Appel, Sean Ennis, Bill Edmondson
Reading Period: 
Sep 1 to May 1
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
Contributor copies only
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
Less than 1,000

Editorial Focus

Bayou Magazine publishes short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from established, award-winning authors as well as emerging writers. Bayou is especially interested in discovering and showcasing fresh literary voices. Bayou holds two contests, the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and the Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry, open October 1 through January 1. Prize is $1,000. All entries considered for publication.

Tips From the Editor

Read Bayou; there’s no better way to find out what we’re looking for. We accept material written in a variety of styles and about a broad range of topics. Keep Fiction and Nonfiction under 7,500 words. Flash fiction and short-shorts are welcome. We consider no more than five poems at a time.

Contact Information

Joanna Leake, Editor
Department of English
University of New Orleans
New Orleans
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Last updated: Nov 10, 2023