Update: After 9 years, I decided to close Bartleby Snopes. The site remains live indefinitely along with all published work. Closing the magazine was a bittersweet moment, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to read so many stories and meet so many writers. Read the full announcement here.

Bartleby Snopes is a literary magazine founded by Nathaniel Tower back in 2008. We publish 2 stories per week and host a Story of the Month contest at the end of each month.

The magazine was founded with the intention of responding to every submission within a week, usually with a personal response.

We also release 2 PDF/print anthologies per year. Our winter issue features the winners from our Dialogue Only Contest, an annual contest with big prize money.

This past year, we launched a special issue called Post-Experimentalism.

In 2010, Flavorwire named Bartleby Snopes as one of 10 Online Lit Mags You Should Be Reading.

Bartleby Snopes nominates stories for all major awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Micro Award, Best of the Net, and more.

The editorial team is rounded out by Rick Taliaferro, Justin Lawrence Daugherty, and Cortney Phillips.

To learn more about Bartleby Snopes, visit us on the web or email us.

2 thoughts on “Bartleby Snopes

  1. Dear Mr Snopes

    Well Well – I’ve never written a comment like this before but seeing my flash fiction piece
    “The Sunday Special” – which received the highest scores I have ever seen for one of mine [in the high 80’s] – on Zoetrope’s Flash Fiction site – these five reviews from well respected and frequently published members reading my piece from a well-educated POV and honoring me so – I have to ask myself why should I bother with Bartleby Snopes – is there some super right-wing conservative snob in charge?

    GOOd GRIEF – Stan Long

    1. Dear Mr. Long,

      I am sorry to hear that you feel this way. I’m not sure what our political beliefs have to do with our literary opinions (with a staff of five, I am sure we have varying beliefs, but I can assure you that the Managing Editor is not a “super right-wing conservative snob”).

      As you must know, the business of writing and publishing is all quite subjective. A publication must feel a story fits with its tastes and aesthetic. A story can be rejected for a number of reasons. This does not necessarily concern the quality of the writing itself. In the case of the story you referenced, we felt that it wasn’t developed enough for our tastes (and we included this information in the rejection letter). That doesn’t mean we didn’t think what you wrote was good. Typically, reviewers on sites like Zoetrope are reviewing work for what it is, not on what it could be. Reviewers also aren’t confined to the particular aesthetics and readerships of a journal.

      So why bother with Bartleby Snopes? Well, if you are submitting to us, then surely you like what we publish (otherwise you probably wouldn’t want your work to appear on our pages). It’s also probably worth mentioning that we have published two of your stories in the past. I’m sure that contributed to your decision to “bother” with us.

      I think it is important for all writers to understand that rejection isn’t meant to be taken personally. Any given story, no matter how great it is, isn’t the right story for everyone. Think of how many people hate The Catcher in the Rye. Think of how many times Hemingway or Faulkner were rejected. Ultimately, it comes down to what works for a particular publisher.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. We hope you will continue to enjoy the work published by Bartleby Snopes.

      Nathaniel Tower

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