Bartleby Snopes

Bartleby Snopes


From the Editor

Bartleby Snopes is founded on the principle that writers deserve quick responses and personalized feedback. We publish two stories per week and end each month with a Story of the Month contest voted on by the readers. Twice per year we release a print/PDF version of our favorite stories, including the winners of our Annual Dialogue Contest. Bartleby Snopes is an online literary magazine with several goals in mind. We want to publish the best new fiction we can find. We want to give the many writers out there an opportunity to publish their best work. We want to inspire you to create great works of fiction. Bartleby Snopes takes it name from two wonderful characters in American Literature. Our inspiration and love for short fiction comes from Herman Melville’s Bartleby, The Scrivener and William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning.” Our acceptance rate hovers around 4%. Writers who do not wish to receive feedback may choose a no feedback option.


We want quality fiction that grabs us and doesn’t let go. Stories we wish we had written. For examples of what we’re looking for, read current and previous issues. For both flash and long fiction, we’re looking for characters, plot, stories, etc. Keep us engaged by maintaining focus and forward momentum. Strive for Poe’s prescription of a single effect and Aristotle’s criterion of a rising action. Abide by your favorite description of what constitutes a story; one of ours is by Flannery O’Connor: “. . . a story is a complete dramatic action . . .”


Every summer we host a Dialogue Writing Contest that pays hundreds of dollars to the winners.


Editors Name Nathaniel Tower
Print publication? Yes
Do you take online submissions? Yes
Submission Guidelines URL
Approx. Response Time? Less than one week
How often do you publish? Weekly
Year Founded? 2008
Do you pay? Occasionally


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