Here are 12 opportunities for writers, many from journals who have just opened reading periods at the beginning of this month. My friend April Darcy told me that at the beginning of the season journals read to find treasures, and at the end they read to reject. So now is the time to submit!
There are no limits on word count for prose—we like narratives and essays of all sizes, so long as the colors fit. If it’s a short story, send us one piece at a time—please wait to hear from us before sending another. If you’re working with the short short form, please send three to five selections in the same submission. Submit a maximum of five poems. We read year-round.
Ponder Review is a publication of the Low-Res MFA program in creative writing at Mississippi for Women. Ponder Review is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, and visual art through September 15, 2017. We want your best writing on any topic! No theme this time. We have a $2 submission fee and are a non-paying market. Contributors whose work is chosen for publication will receive a complementary copy of the issue in which their work appears.
Subtropics seeks to publish the best literary fiction, essays, and poetry being written today, both by established and emerging authors. We will consider works of fiction of any length, from short shorts to novellas and self-contained novel excerpts. We give the same latitude to essays. Submit one story, one essay, or up to four poems in one document. Please include your contact information, including your email address, on the document. We will be reading submissions from September 1st through September 30th, 2017.
Tin House Winter Workshops Scholarship
These workshops combine the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast with a weekend immersed in all things literary. The program consists of morning workshops, one-on-one meetings with faculty, afternoon craft discussions, and generative exercises. Awarding one full scholarship for 2018 Winter Workshop sessions. As a result of a private donation, we will also be awarding two partial scholarships this year (not tied to any genre). A full scholarship includes both tuition and housing + a $75 food stipend. Scholarship submissions must be received by October 17, 2017, General Submissions must be received by November 22, 2017.
Washington Square Review
We accept submissions from August 1 through October 15. Poetry submissions should not exceed ten pages/five poems. Fiction submissions should not exceed twenty pages. Please submit one story per submission.
Long Story, Short
The Long Story, Short is a literary journal for short stories only. Please do NOT send chapters from novels, novellas, or other work that is not a short story in form. Stories for children are not in the scope of this journal. Translations are accepted. Genre fiction will only be considered should it have very strong literary merit. Stories should be over 4000 words long, although a few hundred words less is welcome. There is no upper word limit, so long as the author considers the work a short story. A maximum of two stories at a time will be considered. Deadline: October 31, 2017.
The Vestal Review
Vestal Review is the oldest magazine dedicated exclusively to flash fiction. It has been published continuously since March 2000. Vestal Review now publishes its print issues twice a year in a perfect-bound edition. Some of the content is available on the Web. Vestal Review is a magazine for flash (short-shorts) fiction. We realize that there are different definitions of what a flash story is and all of them have merit. In our definition, a flash story is no longer than 500 words and it has a plot. Our current reading period is from August through November. Send no more than two submissions per author in a reading period.
One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone. Our current reading period closes November 14, 2017.
Witness blends the features of a literary and an issue-oriented magazine to highlight the role of the modern writer as witness to their times. Witness seeks original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography that is innovative in its approach, broad-ranging in its concerns, and that dazzles us with its unique perspective. We are currently reading from September 1 to November 15, 2017, for our non-themed Summer and Winter online issues. You may submit up to five poems or three pieces of flash fiction (under 1,000) as a single submission. Limit prose submissions to 8,000 words maximum.
Sou’wester Literary Journal
Sou’wester is now accepting submissions for its 2018 annual print issue. Please limit your poetry submission to a maximum of five poems at a time. Please limit your submission of prose to one piece at a time. We will consider a suite of two or three flash pieces. Submissions are open until February 1, 2018.
New South Journal
Submissions are open from September 1 to March 30. New South seeks to publish high-quality work, regardless of genre, form, or regional ties. We want what’s new, what’s fresh, and what’s different — whether it comes from the southern United States, the south of India, or the north, east or west of anywhere. Submit one story up to 9,000 words in length, or up to five short-shorts under 1,000 words each. Submit up to five poems per document. Submit creative nonfiction or lyric essay up to 9,000 words in length.
Begun in 1990 by the faculty in the Department of English at University of Idaho, Fugue has continuously published poetry, plays, fiction, essays, visual-text hybrids, and interviews from established and emerging writers biannually. Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction submissions are accepted September 1 through May 1.