Submission Calls for Writers 11/1/2018

submissions

After several month of hiatus, here are ten journals and presses currently accepting submissions or looking for volunteers. Several of these fine presses and journals have just opened submissions at the beginning of November. A few of these have very small windows when you can submit your work, so don’t miss it! Good luck sending out your writing.

 

Flash Fiction Magazine Needs Volunteers

Flash Fiction Magazine is looking for social writers. Specifically, we are looking for engaging people to interact with our audience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Duties include replying to comments as yourself (we want to be authentic and transparent), finding interesting resources / articles / pictures that our audience may enjoy, and finding new authors interested in flash fiction. You must be a social and engaging person, and you must be technically savvy and familiar with one or more of the social media channels mentioned above. If you are interested, email [shannon AT 101words.org] with your qualifications and why you are interested in this position.

https://flashfictionmagazine.com/volunteers/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Flash+Fiction+Magazine+Weekly+for++TODAY&utm_campaign=FFM+RSS+Weekly+Campaign

 

Free State Review

Free State Review is seeking fresh strange music, affluent language, and brave new thought in poetry, prose, and video projects. Prose should be 500-4,000 words; poetry can be any length or style. Poetry submissions can include 3-5 poems in a single document. Strange is not always better; simple and clear are not always memorable. Try to split the difference between the abstract and the concrete.

https://freestatereview.com/submissions/

 

Monologging

Monologging is always interested in new voices. This fall & winter, short stories no longer than 4,000 words will be considered alongside poetry, (5 pages maximum,). Writers and poets are invited to craft and submit works that ponder our City vs. Rural theme, offering new perspectives. The contrast between city and rural lifestyles has perhaps never been so stark, raising new social, economic, and political questions concerning how we coexist. To what extent are humans challenging, if not altering their primal nature by flocking to urban centers? Likewise, do we limit our horizons when we choose a pastoral existence? Are the boundaries of these two distinct landscapes still relatively fluid? Or are the suburbs an increasingly rigid bulwark sorting city slicker from country bumpkin? Monologging seeks a window into both perspectives, and to highlight the essential human transience that prompts our lifelong wandering between such distinct landscapes. Vivid imagery and writing depicting the aesthetics and breadth of experiences that individuals acquire when living in either environment will illuminate our Spring ’19 issue. Worthy pieces will receive editorial feedback. Selected works will be included in our Spring ’19 edition of the magazine.

http://monologging.org/submit/

 

The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize

The Tishman Review is looking for the best poem that captures Millay’s love of not only the lyrical, but the brave and honest spirit her poetry holds. Send up to five poems per entry. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted, however each group of five poems must be treated as a separate entry, each with its own cover sheet and an additional $15 fee. Entries will be welcome through November 15th, 2018. Winner and accepted for publication entries will be announced by April 30th, 2019 and published in the spring issue of The Tishman Review.

http://www.thetishmanreview.com/contests/

 

Switchback

Switchback is an online publication of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. Please limit your prose submission to one story or essay at a time. Stories and essays should be no more than 4,500 words, but we prefer pieces closer to 3,500 words. Please submit no more than three poems. Switchback regularly publishes reviews of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on our web site. Deadline: November 30, 2018.

http://www.swback.com/call/

 

The Hollins Critic

Establishing in 1964, the HC literary journal is published five times annually by the students and faculty of Hollins University.  The Hollins Critic reads poetry until December 1 each year. The Hollins Critic reviews and interprets the works of contemporary writers and poets. Both emerging and published poets may submit up to five poems. Restrict poetry to one page in length. Payment: $25/poem, plus five contributor’s copies. HC not accept unsolicited essays, and HC does not publish fiction.

https://www.hollins.edu/who-we-are/news-media/hollins-critic/

 

Folio

FOLIO is a nationally recognized literary journal affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, DC. Since 1984, we have published original creative work by both new and established authors. For Volume 34, FOLIO is particularly looking for work responding in some way to the themes found within the World Tree—branches and roots, ancestry and rebirth, fate and knowledge, wilderness and civilization. Send us your stories, essays, poems, and art about trees and the natural world. Submit fiction up to 5,000 words, nonfiction up to 4,500 words, or up to 5 poems.  Deadline: Dec 21, 2018.

https://foliolitjournal.submittable.com/submit?mc_cid=84b9946a5c&mc_eid=508eb4b613

 

Denver Quarterly

Denver Quarterly is the literary journal housed at the University of Denver. Unsolicited manuscripts of fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and poetry are welcomed from now through February 15, 2019. Poetry submissions should be comprised of 3-5 poems; fiction and non-fiction manuscripts should generally consist of no more than 15 pages.

http://www.du.edu/denverquarterly/submissions/

 

Delmarva Review

The Delmarva Review is a literary journal publishing original short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and short book reviews. For fiction, our preference is literary writing. We seek evocative storytelling with well-developed characters who take hold of our emotions and stir our imaginations. Memorability is the ultimate reward. The same will be true for the personal essay.  Poetry – up to 6 poems, no more than 50 lines each; Short fiction – up to 5,000 words;   Flash fiction – up to 1,500 words;   Creative nonfiction – up to 3,000 words. The submission period for Volume 12 of Delmarva Review will be open from November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019, for publication in October 2019. Editors read all submissions. All selections will be made by May 2019. http://www.delmarvareview.com/submission.html

 

Bennington Review

Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Summer and Winter. Submissions are customarily read every fall, winter, and spring. The next 2018-2019 submissions period will be from November 1, 2018 to May 15, 2019. We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.

http://www.benningtonreview.org/submit/

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New Poem at Heartwood Lit Mag

Thanks to Heartwood Literary Magazine for publishing my poem, Riding Lawn Mower, in Issue 5 of their journal, just released this week. Thanks especially to Editor Danielle Kelly. Heartwood is a beautiful literary journal published in association with the Low-Residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Please take a look at the poem on the Heartwood web pages, and check out some of the other great poems, stories and essays: http://www.heartwoodlitmag.com/riding-lawn-mower.

Riding Lawn Mower

After the first small-engine repairman
tells me five miles are too far for a house call
or a pick up, the second repairman tells me
I should disassemble the mower myself,
bring him the offending portion.

Lincoln said his father taught him to work
but never to like it.  My father taught me
to work on lawn mowers. Naturally,
I think about buying a new machine.

Instead, I crawl onto summer-warm grass
like my father taught me. I pull
S-pins and retaining springs, freeing
suspension arms and the anti-sway bar,
separating clutch rod from clutch lever.
I mechanic my way beyond my skill set
until the mulching deck falls limp.

A pneumatic drill unlocks frozen, broken
blades turned upside down. New ones
hex bolt on, naked edges glinting in the light.
I reverse engineer, reattach metal to metal,
secure it all with a taut pulley belt.

Such unbindings and rebindings are common.
This tractor and I will again tame briar hells
of blackberry, wild rose. We will battle stones
rising quietly in the pasture at night like ghosts.
There is no choice but to keep going,
to keep working until the final, unfixable end.

 

New Short Story: Fiddlers

Thanks to Sliver of Stone Magazine for publishing my short story, Fiddlers, in their 16th issue. Fiddlers is sort of a dark Christmas story, so it might feel a little strange to read in this July heat wave. Or else, it might remind you what snow and cold feel like.

Sliver of Stone

The entire story can be read online at https://sliverofstonemagazine.com/fiddlers-by-denton-loving/.

One of my favorite writers, John Lane, also has an experimental essay in this issue: https://sliverofstonemagazine.com/the-father-box-by-john-lane/. It’s called The Father Box, and you should give it a read. It’s an honor to have my work anywhere in the vicinity of his!

There’s also some info about Darren Demaree’s new poetry book, Two Towns Overhttps://sliverofstonemagazine.com/2018/03/31/new-publications/.

Love Letters to Ourselves

I’m so fortunate to have interesting friends who are always doing creative things. Case in point is my friend Megan Galbraith. Below, you’ll see a letter Megan wrote calling for people to write love letters to ourselves. Megan has written one to herself, and if you’re game, she’ll trade with you. I’m working on my own love letter to myself right now. It’s not an easy task, but I’m glad Megan asked me to try it. I hope you will too. Check out Megan’s directions below.

Love Letters to Ourselves Image_edited

Dear Lover,

Earlier this year, in the midst of personal despair, I came across a self-care tip that seemed simple enough: write a love letter to myself. I tried it. It knocked me on my ass.

As much as I poo-poo the self-care industrial complex, writing that letter did help. It also got me thinking hard about love, wanting more of it in my life, and about ways to collectively build each other up instead of tearing each other down.

So, as part of The Dollhouse, I’m launching a collaborative project called “Love Letters to Ourselves.”

I want to revive the art of letter writing, spread the love around, and understand how other people love themselves.

Will you write one? I want to see your beautiful soul.

Here’s what to do:
1. Write a love letter to yourself in any form
2. Include your name and return address
3. Put it in an envelope, lick a stamp and . . .
4. Mail your letter to:
Lisette Ophelia Von Elsevier (see what I did there?)
P.O. Box 483
Cambridge, NY 12816
5. When I receive it, I’ll mail you my love letter to myself.
6. Voila! Pen Pals.

Send me some love!

All my love,
Megan

Submission Calls for Writers 4/4/2018

submissions

Here are a dozen journals and presses currently accepting submissions. Several of these fine presses and journals have just opened submissions at the beginning of April. A few of these have very small windows when you can submit your work, so don’t miss it! Good luck sending your work out.

Spork Press & Sporklet

Spork Press is accepting submissions for its online magazine, Sporklet, as well as for its 2019 catalog. Full length poetry manuscripts must be at least 48 pages and submitted as a PDF. For works of fiction over 100 pages, please send a synopsis and an excerpt that is 20-40 pages in length. It will likely take us up to two months to respond. Submissions to Sporklet: Poetry submissions should be 6-12 pages long. We like to feature several poems by each author. We are also very fond of long poems. Fiction submissions can include up to three short stories. There is no length limit for hybrid work. There are no reading fees. Simultaneous submissions welcome.

http://sporkpress.com/?page_id=3492

 

Moon City Review

Moon City Review is currently reading for the 2019 issue. We are accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, graphic narrative, translations, and book reviews.

http://www.mooncityreview.com/

 

Concho River Review

CRR is published biannually. We welcome submissions of high-quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry year-round. CRR welcomes fiction on all subjects, although we tend to publish traditional stories with a strong sense of conflict, finely drawn characters, and crisp dialogue. Length of manuscripts should be 1,500–5,000 words. CRR welcomes submissions of creatively told personal narratives and innovative approaches to the essay form. We also consider thoughtful, researched articles; especially those that explore areas that are part of our southwestern landscape and heritage. We review manuscripts of all lengths, up to 6,000 words. CRR welcomes original poetry submissions from all poets, established or emerging. Length and form are open, but shorter poems (one page or less) are preferred. Please send three to five poems at a time.

http://conchoriverreview.org/submissions.html

 

Sugared Water

Sugared Water is reading submissions during the month of April. SW is an independent lit mag published & handbound in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our cover art is original and produced in limited edition. We read poetry & prose, with a particular interest in flash and micro forms, lyric and personal essays, prose poetry, free verse poetry, and individual, strong senses of voice and place. We will consider 3-5 poems or up to 4,500 words in fiction or creative nonfiction.

https://sugaredwatermagazine.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

 

Ascent

Ascent publishes stories, poems, photographs and essays. Ascent opens for submissions on the first of April and will read submissions through the end of May.

http://www.readthebestwriting.com/

 

LIT Magazine

LIT: The journal of The New School Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program promotes innovative art and writing via print and digital publishing. Poetry submissions should be no more than 5 poems or 10 pages. We accept fiction and nonfiction. Prose submissions should be no longer than 25 pages, double-spaced, single-sided. Our current reading period ends in May 2018.

http://www.litmagazine.org/

 

Voices

Kentucky River Community Care is pleased to announce the second issue of Voices, a literary journal recognizing and presenting creative talent from the Kentucky River region and beyond. Our journal exists to give a voice to those who often go unheard, particularly those in the mental health community. KRCC staff and clients, as well as writers from throughout the region, are invited to submit their best prose, poetry, photography, and artwork by May 15, 2018.

http://krcccares.com/voices/

 

Memoir Mixtapes Volume 5

Memoir Mixtapes is a mashup of the two things we all love to talk about: ourselves and music. Volume 5 is our first un-themed issue. We are not currently accepting fiction pieces—after all, we are “Memoir” Mixtapes. We’re looking for your personal, creative non-fiction prose and poetry inspired by the music that makes you feel feelings. Submit one submission / one song per writer. The sweet spot for prose submissions is between 2–7 pages, single spaced. (If your submission runs a little shorter or longer, it’s not the end of the world.) Poetry submissions can be any length, but please bear in mind that over 5 pages is going to be a tougher sell. DEADLINE FOR VOL.5 SUBMISSIONS: MAY 16, 2018.

https://memoirmixtapes.com/submissions/

 

Terrain

Our online journal accepts only the finest poetry, essays, fiction, articles, artwork, videos, and other contributions—material that reaches deep into the earth’s fiery core, or humanity’s incalculable core, and brings forth new insights and wisdom. We are currently accepting regular submissions of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, reviews, and videos. There is no fee (nor payment) for regular contributions. Our reading period ends May 30, 2018. Submit from two to six poems of any length in a single document. Creative nonfiction, photo, personal, and other essays need not follow any particular essay style. 6,000 words maximum for creative nonfiction. Articles may be technical or journalistic in nature. Short stories, excerpts from novels, flash fiction, radio plays, drama, and other forms of fiction are encouraged. 6,000 words maximum.

https://www.terrain.org/submit/regular-submission-guidelines/

 

Tammy, a print journal of prose and poetry

Tammy is a print publication that features writing from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters, international writing in translation, and forms of visual art that lend themselves to the printed page.  Now reading for its sixth issue. Recent contributors include Amanda Goldblatt, Lydia Davis and Matt Bell. Tammy’s current reading period runs through June 1, 2018.

https://tammy.submittable.com/submit

 

Howling Bird Press

Howling Bird Press is open for submissions of book-length fiction manuscripts from April 1 to July 31, 2018. The press welcomes innovative, original work from established and emerging authors. The competition is open to all writers in English living in the U.S., whether published or unpublished. Manuscripts may be short stories, novels, novellas, etc. Word counts should be in the 40,000 to 60,000 range. File formats should be either Word .doc or .docx or PDF. Pages should be numbered, and the author’s name and address should appear on the first page. Include a cover letter in the form provided online, and list contact information and a short (100 to 200 word) bio. There is a $25 entry fee. The winner is announced in January 2019. The winner receives $1,000 and book publication in fall 2019.

Howling Bird Press books are distributed by Small Press Distribution and are available at online retailers and in bookstores nationwide.

http://www.augsburg.edu/mfa/howling-bird-press/

https://augsburghowlingbirdpress.submittable.com/submit

 

Consequence

Consequence is reading submissions until September 30, 2018. We publish short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, interviews, visual art, and reviews primarily focused on the culture of war. For fiction and non-fiction: please submit one piece of no more than 5,000 words. For poetry: please submit up to five poems of any length. Translations are acceptable if the author’s permission has been granted. Simultaneous submissions are welcome and encouraged, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately. Each submission may be accepted for publication in the print edition of CONSEQUENCE and CONSEQUENCE Online.

http://www.consequencemagazine.org/submit/

Two New Poems

It’s strange how you can write and write, revise and revise, submit and submit, and you wait for long stretches of time for something you’ve written to be published. And then, sometimes, multiple good things happen all at once.

Saturday, I received my copy of the new print issue of Coe Review. I was pleased to find my poem, “Balefire,” on page one of the new issue.

Coe Review Cover

Balefire

The crimson king maple blows
in high winds, burns with October’s
beautiful death. Before my confused eyes,
leaves piled at the tree’s base form
wings, take flight and fall upwards.
A reversal of everything I know.
These small, light birds flash
grayish white undersides
before disappearing into
the crimson king’s flames.

Maybe they are
what field guides call
confusing fall warblers.
Maybe they are
some kind of finch,
but there are too many species
for my untrained eye.
Peterson’s doesn’t state
which birds have enough magic
to fly into fire.
Science is silent on why
some blazes appear as signal beacons
though they were built
as funeral pyres.

On Sunday, New Verse News published my poem, “The Water-Carrier’s Prayer,” which I like to think of as a love poem to US Congressman Devin Nunes. #resist

New Verse News is publishing some great progressive poetry, and I’m really proud to have this poem published with them. It was also a lot of fun to skewer the very less than honorable Devil Nunes.

The Water-Carrier’s Prayer

Devin Nunes, hallowed be your name.
Hallowed be your midnight runs,
your dark-of-night dashes. Your fake news
echoes from Pennsylvania Avenue
and Capitol Hill across Merika
(“I love the uneducated!”)
as it does in Mar-A-Lago…

(read the entire poem online at New Verse News: https://newversenews.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-water-carriers-prayer.html)

Submission Calls for Writers 3/1/2018

submissions

Here are a dozen opportunities for writers looking for outlets for their work. Good luck submitting!

Barcelona Review

The Barcelona Review is presently accepting submissions for previously unpublished short fiction, articles and essays. We do not accept poetry submissions. Submit one story at a time for consideration to the editor. Word length: 4,500 words max.

www.barcelonareview.com

 

Action, Spectacle

The Baltic Writing Residency is sponsoring a new literary magazine called, Action, Spectacle. Action, Spectacle will publish 3 issues online each year, one of which will also appear in print. Our site will be live in the coming weeks. We aim to publish Issue #1 in August, 2018. Each issue will feature work solicited by a rotation of several guest editors including Dana Levin, Bhanu Kapil, Kimiko Hahn, Tyrone Williams, Mia You, Cindy Arrieu-King, Amy Lawless, Shane McCrae, Julia Story and others work selected from general submissions. We read general submissions year round. We publish poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, comics, interviews, essays, reviews, as well as some static graphic images. Hybrid and collaborative work, as well as translations are totally welcome and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text, whenever possible.

https://balticwritingresidency.submittable.com/submit

 

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine once again seeks tight, gripping prose and poetry. You may submit up to three poems or one short story (1K or fewer words) but they must be as separate files. Our home page: http://wp.me/P2KTkl-3d. Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine publishes120-200 poems and short prose pieces annually. We judge each piece on its merit rather than author biographical information.

https://postcardpoemsandprose.wordpress.com/

 

New Orleans Review

For web features, New Orleans Review seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews. Submit fiction and nonfiction pieces up to 5,000 words. Flash pieces welcome. Submit up to five pages of poems. We are looking for reviews of books (all genres) forthcoming or published in the last year. Query us if you’d like to submit or propose an interview.

http://www.neworleansreview.org/submit/

 

Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is an online literary journal of fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry. We’re currently seeking submissions for future issues.

http://pitheadchapel.com

 

Apple Valley Review

Submissions for the Spring 2018 issue (Vol. 13, No. 1) of the Apple Valley Review are open through March 15, 2018. We accept unpublished personal essays and short fiction (preferably between 100 and 3,000 words, though the word count is flexible) and poetry. Prose poetry, translations, flash fiction, and writing with genre elements (such as fabulism/magical realism) are all welcome.  Please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories, all pasted into the body of a single e-mail message, to our editor. editorATleahbrowningDOTnet. There are no fees.

http://www.applevalleyreview.com/

 

Tin House & Tin House Online

Tin House accepts submissions in the month of March. Tin House Online—a daily blog featuring previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, comics, and more. Please submit only one complete story or essay (word count dependent on category), or up to three poems at a time (five for print journal). Please do not submit the same work to Tin House Magazine and to Tin House Online.

https://tinhouse.submittable.com/submit

 

The National Poetry Review

The National Poetry Review is an annual online journal of poetry (previously a print journal published from 2003 to 2015 by our sister press, The National Poetry Review Press). Our reading period runs through April 1, 2018. Please submit all poems in one file. Include a brief bio with previous publications.

http://www.nationalpoetryreview.com/

 

Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel – Volume 21: Appalachia Acting Up

We are blessed or cursed to live in these interesting times. For Volume 21 we offer the theme of Appalachia Acting Up. Take it as and where you will: political protest, community conflict, childhood tantrums, family quarrels, life in the theater, life as drama queen, technology on the fritz, your own or your characters’ misspent youth… Surprise us! Unpublished work is preferred, but we aren’t sticklers. Send us your best writing exploring Appalachia Acting Up. Submit up to 5 poems in one document (no more than 10 pages) or one prose piece of up to 3,000 words. Deadline: April 15, 2018.

http://www.sawconline.net/pmsg-submission-guidelines.html

 

Storyscape Journal Issue 20

Storyscape Journal’s free submission period is open through May 1, 2018, and we’d love to see your stuff! Past contributors include Terrance Hayes, Danez Smith, and Rachel Michelle Hanson. Hanson’s essay, “Education,” won Best of the Net in 2015. Our mission at Storyscape is to blur the lines between traditional genres and highlight innovative, singular writing. Instead of publishing as poetry and prose, our categories are Truth, Untruth, or We Don’t Know and They Won’t Tell Us. Our authors decide which category they want to publish in, no questions asked.

https://storyscapejournal.submittable.com/submit

 

Paper Nautilus Poetry and Prose Chapbook Contests

We’re holding our annual chapbook contests at Paper Nautilus until May 15, 2018. Manuscripts of 16-24 pages of poetry, fiction, memoir, or mixed/hybrid genre accepted. Simultaneous and multiple submissions accepted, as are collaborative manuscripts of no more than two authors. We have two contests: the Debut Series Contest, which is open ONLY to folks without any full-length collections or chapbooks, and the Vella Contest, open to all (including authors who also qualify for entry in the Debut Series). Manuscripts may be submitted at the following:

https://papernautilus.submittable.com/submit

 

Apt

apt is a literary journal featuring challenging writing that combines the cerebral and the visceral. We read for our print issues from March 1-September 15. We read for online content all year long. We publish fiction, poetry, essays and reviews.

http://apt.aforementionedproductions.com/submission-guidelines/#.Vy-MevkrKM_

Submission Calls for Writers 2/8/2018

submissions

Here are a devil’s dozen new opportunities for writers. Good luck getting your work out to these journals and the world. Special thanks to Raina K. Puels, editor at Redivider, for reaching out to solicit YOUR work.

Redivider

Redivider made a big announcement this week that they are switching to an all-digital platform. Issue 15.2 (Spring 2018) will be the final print issue. Issue 16.1 (Autumn 2018) will be the very first digital issue. Editor Raina K. Puels asked me to help spread the word that Redivider will remain “a journal dedicated to supporting a diversity of voices. In this political climate, we think it’s especially important to represent the unique intersections of gender, class, race, and sexuality in our poems, essays, stories, and graphic art.” Redivider is currently looking for fiction submissions up to 8,000 words, nonfiction submissions up to 6,000 words, and up to five poems per submission. Submit today!

http://www.redividerjournal.org/submit/

 

Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is an independent and volunteer-run literary journal and small press founded in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 2012. We publish gutsy fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry online every month and a couple of printed chapbooks every year. Pithead Chapel electronically publishes art, literary fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry monthly. At present, we only accept submissions under 4,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines below will be considered for an upcoming issue.

https://pitheadchapel.submittable.com/submit

 

Tuck Magazine

Tuck Magazine is an online, globally focused and socially conscious journal for the discerning reader, where vital commentary and the arts merge. We are looking for new writers with something fresh, interesting and important to say. This can be political, opinion, human rights based or anything you feel is important that needs to be heard. For further information, contact Managing Editor Michael Organ at editor@tuckmagazine.com. We are also looking for writers who can regularly contribute pieces based on music, film, art, photography, reviews, interviews; in fact anything interesting. Short Stories / Flash Fiction: 800-2400 words, Stories must be engaging and original, we are particularly interested in work that challenges the reader to see another perspective. We also have a sense of humour at Tuck, therefore satire is something we love to see. Our goal at Tuck is to entertain and enlighten with a good story written by emerging  writers. Send two poems per submission. We also accept book reviews.

http://tuckmagazine.com/write-for-us/

 

Dialogist

Dialogist is an online platform for diversity through discourse. Be clear. Be dynamic. Start a conversation. And send us your best. We accept poetry and art/photography/illustration. Submit up to five poems of any length. Include all submissions within a single Word document, with a poem per page. Submissions should be paginated—to include an identifying header (name and email address), and be in 12 point Times New Roman.

http://dialogist.org/submit/     

 

Coachella Review

The Coachella Review accepts original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe. We publish two issues a year, in June and December. There are no deadlines. We welcome creative nonfiction of all kinds. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words. We invite poets to send up to five poems per submission. Include all works in a single attachment. There are no restrictions on form or length. We welcome short stories, novel excerpts, and experimental forms. Both literary and genre works are invited. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words.

http://thecoachellareview.com/wordpress/submissions/

 

Heartwood

HeartWood, an online literary magazine in association with West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA program, publishes twice yearly, in April and October. We accept submissions year round through Submittable, and welcome previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, from both established and emerging writers. We do love Appalachian voices, but we enthusiastically encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit. Fiction submissions may include short stories, flash fiction, or novel excerpts. You may submit more than one piece of flash fiction as long as the total word count does not exceed 3000 words. We’re open to a wide range of nonfiction, with the exception of academic articles, or that which would be considered more traditionally journalistic. Personal essay, memoir, lyric, literary journalism, or some blurring in between, are all acceptable. Poets should submit no more than 3-5 single-spaced poems at a time. Include all poems in a single document for upload.

http://www.heartwoodlitmag.com/submit/

 

The Shanghai Literary Review

The Shanghai Literary Review is an English language magazine of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, translation, book review, and art, run by an editorial team between New York, London, & Shanghai. Our magazine sells in stores in London, New York, Shanghai, and Beijing. All pieces are eventually posted on our website as well. The deadline for our summer 2018 issue (Issue 3) is February 15, 2018. There is no fee for submitting work to TSLR. We are interested in art and criticism about urbanism, globalism, identity, and transnationalism, though by no means should submissions be limited to those topics. We’ll publish a good story about cats in Africa if it floors us. We publish: Fiction – less than 5,000 words; Poetry – 2 poems submission limit per person; Non-Fiction & Essay – less than 5,000 words; Flash Fiction or Nonfiction – less than 500 words.

https://www.shanghailiterary.com/submissions/

 

Copper Nickel

Copper Nickel accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and translation folios now through March 1, 2018. Please submit four to six poems, one story, or one essay at a time.

http://copper-nickel.org/submit/

 

Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers

Applications are now open for our Fellowships for Emerging Writers, which cover full tuition for a Master Workshop in poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and screen/playwriting at our 13th annual Lit Fest. A two-week celebration of the literary arts, Lit Fest features seminars, parties, workshops, salons, and agent consultations at our historic mansion in Denver. Our faculty includes Lydia Millet, Sheila Heti, Terrance Hayes, CAConrad, Charles D’Ambrosio, Min Jin Lee, Emily Rapp Black, Jenny Offill, Leslie Jamison, Maggie Shipstead, Daniel Goldfarb, Robin Black, Alexandre Philippe, Steve Almond, and others. Applications are due March 15, 2018. There is a $30 application fee.

https://www.lighthousewriters.org/events/lit-fest

https://www.lighthousewriters.org/lit-fest-master-workshops-2018

 

Fiddlehead – Creative Nonfiction Issue

For our creative nonfiction issue. Tell us your true stories, bring us your belles lettres! Announcing the first ever creative nonfiction issue. Creative nonfiction is construed widely and can include personal essays, narrative non-fiction, think pieces, etc. Submissions in this genre should be double-spaced and maximum 6,000 words. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

https://thefiddlehead.ca/submit

 

Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket is the online literary and art journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University (AU), a program devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice. We are currently reading from now through April 30, 2018. Submit up to three poems. We accept fiction from 751 up to 5,000 words and CNF under 750 words. If your fiction is 750 words and under, please submit it to the Flash Prose category.

http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/

 

Floyd County Moonshine

Any and all subject matter is welcome, although we gravitate toward Local Color (especially stories set in Floyd, the New River Valley, or a specific rural setting) and the Southern Gothic. Short stories, essays, & novel excerpts should not exceed 8,000 words. Submit up to 5 poems. The deadline for Floyd County Moonshine’s special anniversary issue is April 30, 2018. Prior contributors are also encouraged to submit once again. Interviews should not exceed 3,000 words.

http://www.floydcountymoonshine.com/submissions.html

 

Columbia Journal

We’re dedicated to publishing and displaying the work of the freshest voices alongside established artists, poets and writers. Submissions for the journal’s website are open from through May 2018. Prose pieces should be 5,000 words or less, and poetry submissions can be 5 printed pages.

http://columbiajournal.org/about/

Recommended Reading 2/2/2018 – Short Stories

The best part about January being so long and cold was that it was a great time to read.  It was literally too cold to do anything else. February is starting off the same way. If you’re stuck inside this weekend and not sure what to read, here are some of the short stories I read last month. Try one or two or more.

“No Good” by Hala Alyan

“Freezer Burn” by Ron Austin

“Shine” by Ron Austin

“August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury

“The Ceiling” by Kevin Brockmeier

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“Demonman” by Julialicia Case is an amazing story that appeared online this month at The Master’s Review. Here’s how it begins:

“I am eleven the spring Demonman comes, first to the alley behind the Kroger, where the dumpsters reek like fermented orange juice, then to the train tracks by the boarded-up video store, then to the Harding mansion, still for sale, then to a snot-colored van with flattened tires. He comes to our nightmares, our whispered worries, to newspapers and televisions and notices in the post office. He’s called something else, a different name, although, of course, he is still Demonman. Since the shootings upstate, the police struggle with the race riots, but they claim to be searching for him, following the leads.”

“Expensive Lessons” by Anton Chekhov

“These Certain Young People” by Dave Eggers

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“First Night” by Kevin Fitton appeared online this month at Storgy. I loved reading this story that covers a large emotional range but still manages to impart some humor. Here’s how it begins:

“It was the morning of New Year’s Eve, and a dull light confessed the start of another winter day. In Vermont this time of year, the days were short. It was dark when Brian woke in the morning for work and dark when he drove home from the office. It was the time of year Vermonters did their best to survive by taking vacations to the Caribbean, talking to their therapist, and drinking. The night before it was snowing when he went to sleep, and Brian dreamt that the roof was covered with two feet of heavy snow. In his dream, he could feel the house sweating as it tried to hold the weight, could hear the rafters cracking under their burden—pop, pop, pop, like the last kernels of corn on the stove.”

“The Miniature Wife” by Manuel Gonzalez

“Mermaid in the Jar” by Sheila Heti

“Plan B” by Michele Johnson

 “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien

“My Name is Jean-Pierre and I am Still an End Table” by Dana Schwartz

“Saying Goodbye to Yang” by Alexander Weinstein

 

If you’ve read a great short story lately, please tell me about it in the comments.

Eric Shonkwiler’s Moon Up, Past Full

Frank Bill may have said it best when he said that Eric Shonkwiler “has an eye for detail and a lot of heart. His words stay with you.”

I picked up Shonkwiler’s collection of novellas and stories, Moon Up, Past Full, when I was in Washington DC in 2017 for AWP.  For the rest of the year, the book sat at the top of my to-read pile, but I was having a hard time reading anything. When I finally picked the book up this week, it was like taking a shot of good whiskey—smoother than you could hope for and over quicker than you want it to be.

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I admire this book and Shonkwiler’s writing so much.  His stories are perfectly balanced between character and action. His imagery is great. His language has some beautifully poetic turns but is also perfectly precise. So much happens in each story that even the shorter pieces feel completely developed and novelistic in scope. However, it is in the longer works in this collection where Shonkwiler really shines.

The longest piece in the collection, “GO21,”—an apocalypse-type story that I didn’t want to end—was also one of my favorites. The story works on so many levels.  It’s a must read.

Another favorite was the story, “Rene,” originally serialized in three parts online at Fiddleblack. Rene is a young woman on a horse with a sick mother.  Like all of Shonkwiler’s stories, the complications keep adding up as the story goes along. Unlike most of the other pieces, Shonkwiler is exploring issues of race and class in this story. I highly recommend you click the link and read the story for yourself.

It’s not by any means one of the longest stories in the collection, but “My Wakeup” is probably my absolute favorite of these stories.  The story was originally published online at Splinter Generation, and again, I recommend you read it now. Like Shonkwiler’s other work, this story is detailed and deceptively simple.  It starts off with Geier, an Iraq war vet, on his return home from the base in Kuwait. Once back and unsure of what to do with himself, he hooks up with another former soldier, Jones, and the two take a road trip cross country.  Some of the drinking and drugging and whoring might be predicable, but (like all of Shonkwiler’s stories) the feeling behind it all feels tragically sincere which makes it unique. And beautiful. And well worth the read.

For more about Eric Shonkwiler and his writing, check out his webpage: http://www.ericshonkwiler.com/.  Follow him on Twitter: @eshonkwiler