Barnstorm is an online literary journal sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire. Started in 2009, we strive to publish the best creative nonfiction, poetry, and short stories. We accept submissions from all types of writers from all walks of life and do not require an MFA degree to submit.  Email us at barnstormjournal@gmail.com.

More information: MFA Program | UNH home.

Editor-in-Chief // Kristen Melamed

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Kristen is a third-year MFA student studying nonfiction writing at the University of New Hampshire. She has more than 10 years of experience in writing and editing and is the recipient of three awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association. She is self-proclaimed grammar nerd who loves sports, knitting, and spending time in the kitchen.

Managing Editor // Ben Reinhardt

Ben Reinhardt is a New Jersey native living in Massachusetts while he earns his MFA in fiction from the University of New Hampshire, which is exactly as exhausting as it sounds. Aside from writing, he enjoys cartooning, cooking, and duck catching.

Nonfiction Editor // Kelly Sennott

Kelly wrote for a New Hampshire-based arts and entertainment newspaper for five years before going back to school to earn her MFA in fiction writing at the University of New Hampshire, where she's a second-year student. She's a figure skating fanatic but also loves running and hiking, especially with her dog Pepper.

Fiction Editor // Rachel Bullock

Rachel graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a degree in creative writing and biology. She is a second-year MFA candidate at the University of New Hampshire. Originally from upstate New York, Rachel enjoys painting and cooking in her free time. Her favorite author at the moment is Carmen Maria Machado.

Fiction Editor // Alexandra Grimm

Alexandra graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in English and is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at UNH. Originally from the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York, Alexandra loves all dogs and most forms of chocolate.

Poetry Editor // Anna Ohara

Anna Ohara is a Poetry MFA student and teacher at UNH. She looks forward to reading your submissions.


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