THE BARNSTORMER aims to celebrate the intersection of sports and humanity with good writing. It means to be an open, accommodating, inclusive forum for considered, thoughtful, funny and strange writing about sports, written by sports fans, for both sports fans and fans of good writing. The editors of The Barnstormer makes no unrealistic claims of objectivity — we are all homers.
The Barnstormer wishes to be timely, but with a healthy dose of nostalgia. We all remember the reasons we became sports fans, the games that meant the most to us, and we aim to share those, as well as to react to today’s news. But we feel no pressure to break stories. We trust that serious sports fans know where to turn for the very latest scores and information on who signed where and for how much. We feel no pressure to churn out content simply in order to stay abreast of the sports news cycle. Our primary concern is good writing about sports, regardless of whether the game in question took place in 1947, or last night. We further believe that great passion for a subject makes for great writing, and since many fantastic writers are intensely passionate about sports, we think the marriage is one with good prospects. With so much passion involved, we believe that the writing can and should be profane, funny, charged, sentimental, terse, squishy, angry, and whatever else is needed to convey the depth of feeling the writer has for Ron Hextall, or Kevin Duckworth, or the 1988 Ottawa Rough Riders.
We publish essays, memoirs, predictions, lamentations, interviews, profiles, book reviews, poems, short stories and novel excerpts about sports, and our definition of “sports” is plastic. We believe that our writers have a mandate to cover all sports, however they define the term, and not just the big four (or five) pro games, or major college athletics. Minor hockey, minor league baseball, childrens’ soccer, weekly beer leagues, those surfing lessons you took in Cabo — any athletic endeavour that can be explored in an engaging fashion through good writing is fair game for our writers.
Send submissions (with word count, brief bio, and author photo) and queries firstname.lastname@example.org. We regret that, at this time, we are unable to compensate contributors, though it is our sincere hope that this should prove a temporary state of affairs.
Welcome to the The Barnstormer.
— The Editors