Here are a baker’s dozen new opportunities for writers. A few of these journals are closing their reading periods this month. Others have just opened and are waiting for your submissions. Good luck!
Foundry always open for general submissions (free). Please submit 3-5 original, previously unpublished poems. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. We pay $10 per poem. Foundry publishes a range of styles and forms, from short lyric poems to prose poems and longer narratives. We are committed to inclusivity and warmly welcome submissions from marginalized voices.
We will dedicate our winter 2018 issue to the theme of “Total Eclipse.” Our hope is also to address the theme of total eclipse from metaphorical directions. We invite work inspired by social and political phenomena; for example, some have referred to both the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union (Brexit) and to the election of Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency as total eclipses. We also encourage work that takes on the theme from a personal direction, as in the total eclipse of a marriage or friendship. We are essentially open to any work that addresses the obscuring of the light that is fundamental to a total eclipse. Secrecy is prime territory for this issue, as is any kind of blotting out, blocking, concealing, darkening. Apocalypse is also a possible subject. And of course, we welcome contributions along our theme from amateur or professional astronomers, and from skygazers of any kind. All submissions should be of interest to the general reader. Please do not submit scholarly articles. Submissions will be accepted between August 15 and October 15.
The Rappahannock Review, an online literary journal published through the University of Mary Washington, is currently accepting submissions in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction from established and emerging writers. We’re currently reading for our general issue 5.1, which will be published in December, and we’d love to consider your work. Submissions will remain open until October 15.
Good Works Review
The former Kentucky Review is now operating as Good Works Review. They are currently open to submissions of poetry, short fiction, essays, and black-and-white artwork. All profits from sales are donated to the ACLU. Our first annual issue will appear in print in December 2017. Deadline for submission is October 15.
Crab Orchard Review
Our first online special issue of Crab Orchard Review will focus on “Ka-ching!: The Money Issue.” Submissions are free until October 31, 2017. It is not lost upon us that this is the first special issue we won’t be paying contributors, but we hope writers will embrace this topic and explore all the ways our lives and our world are shaped by money, whether you are cashing in, cashing out, or maybe even caring and sharing a little while we all try to get by.
The Larry Brown Short Story Award
The editors at Pithead Chapel are pleased to announce the second annual Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winners will receive the following prizes: 1st place $250, 2nd place $75, and 3rd place $25. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2018 issue of Pithead Chapel. The 2017 Guest Judge is Anne Valente. Submission Fee: $10 per story. Submit by October 31, 2017.
During the 2017 reading period, we will be accepting submissions from September 15th through November 1st, 2017. We consider short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words); poetry (up to 6 poems; please format and submit as a single document); plays (up to 30 pages); excerpts (up to 30 pages) from larger works; translations of poetry and short prose.
South 85 Journal is currently accepting poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual art submissions through November 1, 2017, for our Fall / Winter 2017 issue, which will come out December 15. Fiction submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words. Non-fiction submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words. You may submit up to 5 poems and up to 10 total pages.
Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet
Volume III of Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet will be published by Press 53 in the Fall of 2018. Submissions are open through November 30, 2017. Everywhere Stories is an anthology series of short fiction set around the world. We will NOT repeat countries (except the US, where we will not repeat states), so be sure to review the submission guidelines to see what countries we’ve already covered. No maximum or minimum length.
Fifth Wednesday Journal
Fifth Wednesday Journal is an independent literary print magazine published twice yearly by Fifth Wednesday Books. We accept electronic submissions in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and black-and-white photography. FWJ publishes short stories, excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, book excerpts, and essays, as long as the excerpt stands on its own as a literary work. There are no set limits on length of a work, but manuscripts of less than 1,000 or more than 12,000 words are less likely to make it into the journal. Please limit your submission of poetry to one set of up to five poems. Submissions for Spring 2018 will close on December 1, 2017.
Tammy is reading submissions for its ninth issue. Founded in 2009, Tammy is a print journal and chapbook publisher from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters. Our issues have featured writers such as Ashley M. Jones, Lydia Davis, Ottessa Moshfegh, Sarah Gerard, Ander Monson, Kamen Hilliard, and Abraham Smith. JoAnna Novak, Tyler Flynn Dorholt, and Thomas Cook are the Editors and Publishers. Please submit through December 1. We look forward to reading your work!
Founded in 1995 by graduate students of the Western Michigan University English department, Third Coast is one of the nation’s premier literary magazines. Fiction, poetry, essay, and drama submissions are now OPEN from September 15th, 2017 through December 15th, 2017. Submit fiction manuscripts of up to 7,500 words (or up to 25 pages). We accept up to five pieces of flash fiction, or “short shorts,” at a time. Submit nonfiction manuscripts of up to 7,000 words. Submit poetry manuscripts of no more than three poems at a time (with a maximum of fifteen pages).
Salamander, which is published biannually, features poetry, fiction, and memoirs; our open reading period for 2017-2018 is October 3–April 28. Submit no more than five poems at a time. For Fiction and Non-fiction: Submit one story or memoir at a time. We request that you only send one submission per reading period (every six months).