If we want our work to be published this year, then most of us will have to spend some time sending out submissions. Here are a baker’s dozen opportunities for writers to get the year started. Good luck! And Happy 2018!
Necessary Fiction publishes a new book review each Monday, a featured short story each Wednesday, a contribution to our Research Notes series each Friday, and occasional interviews, essays, and other surprises. Send us unpublished fiction, not reprints, up to 3000 words.
The Believer, a five-time National Magazine Award finalist, is a bimonthly literature, arts, and culture magazine. In each issue, readers will find journalism and essays that are frequently very long, book reviews that are not necessarily timely, and interviews that are intimate, frank, and also very long. The Believer will consider unsolicited nonfiction manuscripts and pitches. We review books of all types, as well as non-literary items with some interesting linguistic element. We accept 3-5 previously unpublished poems per submission. Please do not send fiction.
The CDC Poetry Project
The CDC Poetry Project seeks poems that use all seven of the words that have been forbidden in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documents for 2018 (“vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based”). Sarah Freligh and Amy Lemmon started this project in response to the news reported in the Washington Post on December 15 that the CDC has been banned from using these words. One new poem per day will be published on the site starting January 1, 2018.
Lunch Ticket Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight
The Lunch Ticket Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight showcases a single writer or artist every other week, and publishes all genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, flash prose, poetry, literary translation*, YA (13+), and visual art. Pieces selected for Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight are featured for two weeks and promoted through our social media networks with the same enthusiasm as our regularly published issues. After the showcase, Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight features remain on Lunch Ticket. We accept prose up to 5,000 words. Flash pieces are 750 words or less. For poetry and micro-flash (fiction or CNF under 400 words), please submit no more than THREE pieces in a single document, with each piece clearly titled. We will be open for Amuse-Bouche submissions until January 31 or when we reach 350 total submissions.
The Nashville Review reads three times a year, and one of those periods is between January 1 and January 31, 2018. We welcome flash fiction, short stories, and novel excerpts of up to 8,000 words. We welcome creative nonfiction up to 8,000 words. We’re open to anything: memoir excerpts, essays, imaginative meditations. Send us up to 3 poems per reading period.
2018 Nelson Algren Literary Awards
Stories must be fiction and must not have been previously published. Stories must be written in English, double-spaced, and no longer than 8,000 words. Entrant’s name must not appear anywhere in the Story. Contest entry deadline is February 7, 2018. There is no entry fee.
We’re looking for pieces featuring or inspired by your time in the Midwest. Our goal is to collect the very best in Midwestern writers and writing in an effort to compile a definitive resource on the region and its influences. We’re dedicated to featuring work about or inspired by the Midwest, by writers who have lived here, passed through, or found themselves connected to it in some way. Please submit short fiction, creative nonfiction or essays of up to 8,000 words, or no more than three poems. Submit by February 28, 2018.
Spirit First Meditation Poetry Contest 2018
Our 9th Annual Meditation Poetry Contest is currently underway. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation or Mindfulness. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished (self-published accepted). Poems not on the themes of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or sacred silence will NOT be included in this meditation poetry event. You are welcome to enter up to three submissions. After three submissions, no other poems will be considered. Please submit your poems by email. There is no cost to enter this contest. Submissions must be received no later than February 28, 2018.
TINGE, Temple University’s online journal, seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The journal is edited by the graduate students of Temple’s M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. Our current reading period runs from January 1 to March 1, 2018. For fiction, submit one short story, up to 25 double-spaced pages. Novel excerpts will be considered if they can stand alone. For nonfiction, submit one personal essay, memoir, or interview up to 25 double-spaced pages. No book reviews or criticism. Send up to three poems.
Off the Coast Poetry
Off the Coast is a biannual online journal. Our mission is to provide space for diverse and marginalized voices, particularly poets of color, disabled poets, LGBTQIA poets, woman poets, and poetry in translation. We aim to be Maine’s international poetry journal. Send 1–3 previously unpublished poems, any subject or style. We read quarterly, and our next deadline is March 15, 2018.
Since inception, the Adroit Journal has been listed for extended periods among Duotrope.com’s 25 Fastest & Most Challenging Poetry and Fiction Markets, and has been the #1 Poetry Market with the Most Submission Responses Reported for the past two years. We are currently open to submissions of poetry and prose until April 1, 2018. Submit up to 3 pieces of prose at a time, 3,000 words maximum (per piece). Send up to 6 poems at a time, no length limits.
Passages North, the annual literary journal sponsored by Northern Michigan University, has published short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction since 1979. Send us up to three short-shorts (fiction, nonfiction, prose poems, whatever blend of that you do), all pasted into one document. We’re looking for all manner of well-written, innovative creative nonfiction including, but not limited to, lyric essays, personal essays, memoir, and literary journalism. Send us up to five poems in one document. Passages North is open for submissions for Issue 40 until April 15, 2018.
Southern Indiana Review
Short stories, film scripts, or short novel excerpts are accepted. Submissions should be double-spaced. Creative essays may be personal, critical, historical, nostalgic. They may be reviews, profiles, interviews, or discussions regarding social or intellectual history or ideas. Poetry may be on any subject or in any form. Please send no more than five poems. We accept manuscripts through April 30, 2018.